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How can I teach my toddler not to interrupt my adult conversations?

My toddler wants my attention the most when she knows she can’t have it -- especially when I’m on the phone or trying to have a conversation with my friends. How do I gently let her understand that she’ll have to wait?

Re: My toddler wants my attention the most when she knows she can’t have it -- especially when I’m on the phone or trying to have a conversation with my friends. How do I gently let her understand that she’ll have to wait?

The Bump Expert

For the most part, toddlers interrupt adult conversations because it works. What usually happens is, mom or dad will reprimand the child for interrupting -- then exasperatedly answer the question the child was asking so they can continue their adult conversation. So, if you want your child to stop butting into your conversation, don’t answer their questions when they do.

Instead, respond the way you would to another adult by telling them you’ll be with them as soon as you can. In the case that she may be asking you something urgent, teach her the right way to interrupt -- by saying excuse me, then letting you decide if it’s something that can wait.

The Bump Editors

How can I teach my toddler not to interrupt my adult conversations?

We just tell them to wait until we are done talking. Not hard at all if you've disciplined your children from an early age. If they don't obey you in little things, good luck trying to get them to obey you at all.

MNnKS |

How can I teach my toddler not to interrupt my adult conversations?

I taught my children to put their hand on my arm or hand so I know they need me for something. Then I place my hand over theirs to acknowledge that I know they are there. As soon as there is a chance in the adult conversation I ask them what they need, and thank them for waiting so patiently. I don't like a verbal excuse me (unless it is an emergency) because it is still interupting. I practice with them while talking to my husband so they are prepared with other adults.

mjduke14 |

How can I teach my toddler not to interrupt my adult conversations?

I encountered this problem myself and for a while I didn't know what I have to do. I realized that your pathway to successfully teach your kid when to speak is to make him distinct what an urgent situation is. Though I learned that this might be difficult as well.

tylardean |

How can I teach my toddler not to interrupt my adult conversations?

I think there's a problem indeed, but you can't say that it won't affect their chance to have prestigious careers later. It's all about education and a toddler can be learned the good manners in time. I don't know if there's a specific method, I guess it depends on the parents' abilities.

TawnyCollyn |

How can I teach my toddler not to interrupt my adult conversations?

No matter what you're going to do, a kid wants to be in the spotlights. My wife jokes with me, by saying: Now I'll see how your masters in social communication will work! I admit that it was difficult, but I taught him not to interrupt an adult conversation patiently and with a lot of tricks.

LenBrannon |

How can I teach my toddler not to interrupt my adult conversations?

Sometimes, a kid is like a small pet. The more you're fondling him, more he wants. If you want to have success, then your method should contain an alternation between love and severity. Sooner or later, you will gain his respect.

KipBrigham |

How can I teach my toddler not to interrupt my adult conversations?

It's pretty difficult to do that, but if it's something I learned from taking my masters degree in organizational leadership, it's the fact that you mustn't trim him in front of other people. Most likely, he wants to show he's more important than they are, so a lecture that involves their presence won't be useful.

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