10 ways you can improve your child’s listening skills | The

When your child is throwing tantrums without paying attention to you, here are few things you need to do:

1. Go to your child and get down to their level: When your child does not listen to you and keeps on doing mischief, just go to them and get down to their level. You can either squat or sit down with the child and talk to them. Being at equal height helps interaction. This way the child will easily communicate with you.

2. Make eye contact: When talking to the child, make eye contact. It is very effective. Bringing the child to eye contact tells that you have got the attention of the child. It also instills a sense of security, respect and faith. So whatever you say, sitting down and making eye contact will definitely have an effect on your child.

3. Do not lose your temper: Until you have centered the child’s attention to yourself, do not lose your temper. Keep calm and talk to the child. Once you lose the temper the child may either get irritated or else may get scared and move away from you.

4. Bring in humor: Humor can brighten up any situation. If you feel your child is tense or is about to cry during the face to face interaction, lighten up the moment with a joke.

5. Teach the child about communication skills: When you are with the child teach about respectable communication skills and those which are loathed by people. Explain the child with examples of incidents where it has shown respectable behaviours and where it did not.

6. Keep it a short interaction: Remember, you are dealing with a toddler not a college going kid! A toddler’s attention span is quite limited. The short and simple the interaction is, the better the toddler understands it.

7. Appreciate: When you are talking to a toddler about bad mannerisms, counter it with examples of good mannerism and appreciate the kid for wherever it has shown good manners. In that way the child understands the concept of right and wrong in a better way.

8. Use gestures: There are certain manners which are gesture specific, for example making silly faces. While you are discussing this with the child, make use of the particular bad gesture and tell the child not to do it again.

9. Get the child’s opinion: Do not simply make it one-person interaction. Allow your child to speak. Listen to what the child says. If the child does not speak, ask them questions. This will clear many questions like if your child has understood whatever you told it and if its mannerism is a retaliation of some sort of odd behavior it sees or is subjected to within the family.

10. Be childish: Children love fun. Try childish techniques like singing, playing, whispering into ears. This fun way will accept your teachings actively.

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