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How to Get Your Kids to Listen Without Yelling?
If you are a parent, you know the agony of getting your child to listen. We all know that a small gentle request can very quickly take the form of yelling and protest. What`s important to understand is that our children are not trying to question our authority, it doesn`t help to make it a power struggle. They just have too much on their mind because they are busy exploring the world. They don`t get the urgency to brush their teeth or take a bath right this minute. Your best bet would be to remove the authority hat and talk from a place of connection. Next time you want to get something done, try these following tips:
• Make a connection: Get down to the level of your child and make a connection before making a request.
• Don`t repeat: If you made a request and it has been denied, go back to step 1. Establish a connection.
• Use fewer words: Keep it short and crisp to catch his/her attention.
• Give choice: Instead of barking orders, give them a choice. Something like, “Do you want to take a bath now or in five minutes?” can get you a better response than “Take a shower now.”
• Stay calm: It would never help to raise your voice. When you raise your voice, they only hear the noise, not the words.
So, here it is, the five-point formula to get your child to listen. Establishing a connection is a must.
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