Ever felt like your little man or darling princess are giving you the deaf ear? We are sure the answer is yes, because more often than not, toddlers get lost in their own world and it takes countless repetitions of ‘Put your shoes on’ or ‘Don’t throw it there’, coupled with infinite patience, to get the job done.
So, here are three simple tips to help get your nursery going toddler to listen to you.
1. Lower you voice and look them in the eye.
When you start calling out orders over your shoulders, your kids have actually not heard what you said. What you need to do is to make a connection by holding their shoulders, looking them in the eye and calmly explaining what needs to be done. Studies have shown that young children actually listen better when we lower our voices, rather than raise them.
2. Be clear and firm.
Though the word ‘please’ is important when addressing a child, make sure your tone of voice is firm. It will be easier if you tell them what you want them to do, instead of what you don’t want them to do. For example: Change “Don’t drop the jar” to “ Hold the jar tight”. This will definitely help them focus.
3. Don’t let your request go ignored.
When you make a request, go about doing your stuff and then come back to see that it’s not done, it’s because you didn’t follow your request with action. So next time when you ask your little one to remove his/her shoes, take them over to the shoe rack, help them out and in the end thank them for doing it.
We really hope these tips prove useful to you. Do let us know how it goes.