The most frustrating part of being a parent to three little ones is trying to get them to listen. I don’t know how many times in a day I feel like I’m talking to a wall. I find myself having to repeat things to my girls over and over again, and more often than not it fuels my frustration, which leads to me being a grumpy mom. No one wants a grumpy mom. I’ve tried charts and using your “listening ears,” and all of that only goes so far — at least with my three little ones.
Recently, I started implementing a little strategy, and I honestly can’t believe how simple it is and how well it works, especially for my toddler!
When my girls are having a hard time listening to me, I simply get down on their level, look straight into their eyes, and tell them what I want them to hear. It sounds so easy, obvious even, but I was rarely doing it before. Instead, I was yelling something from another room, talking while I was making lunch, etc. (Moms are the best multi-taskers!) I wasn’t REALLY giving them my 100%, which is probably why it was so hard for them to listen 100% of the time.
When I get down on their level, I can tell that they feel more at ease. When I look them in the eye, there is complete certainty that I am talking to them. Eye contact alone removes the distractions from both me and my children. I immediately know if they are listening to me or not. And with this method? They almost always are.
Go ahead and try it sometime! Better yet, try to make this your go-to method of communication. I can’t wait to hear how it works for you!