Get them to Listen Without Yelling
Every parent wants to get their kids to listen. Sometimes we just don’t know how to get the results we want. Sometimes I just want to amp up the volume and get them to hear what I’m saying. By the way…It.Never.Works.
- Follow through on Consequences – Your kids need to know that you are serious. If you always give in when they don’t listen, you make it seem acceptable when they don’t listen.
- Don’t Be Their Friend – You may think that being your kids’ friend is the best way to help them, but they need you to be a constant parental figure. If you are great friends on top of that, it will be because your have been consistent.
- Don’t Do It For Them – We are always tempted to jump in and do things for our kids. We know that we can do it better, quicker, without as many tears. But we are not serving anyone by taking over. Our kids don’t learn anything and will have a hard time doing things in the future because they will expect someone to do it for them.
- Teach Them How – Teach them how to listen. Some kids don’t know how to listen. You have to be willing to take the time to help them know how.
- Build Positive Relationships – Think about how much more willing you are to listen to someone you look up to and respect versus trying to listen to someone who you don’t really connect with. This is why it is so important to build relationships with your kids. They will listen to someone they know has their back.
Call to Action:
This week the call to action is simple. Implement these steps in your home and let us know how it goes in the comments below! We hope this can help benefit you in your home and help your kids listen. We know this isn’t easy and we aren’t perfect. Just keep making the effort, it will make a difference!
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Ben & Deb Pugh
The Foster Parents