We’ve all been there (or at least witnessed it a time or two)…you’re in the middle of a conversation, on the phone, trying to listen to something on the radio when a tiny, insistent voice starts rambling. “Mom! Mom! Mom!” Kids don’t quite understand when mom says, “not now, I’m on the phone” for the millionth time. It goes in one ear and out the other. I remember my mom complaining about this when I was a kid, but for some reason I could never remember that it was rude to interrupt because ‘I just HAVE to tell you this SUPER IMPORTANT thing RIGHT NOW!!’
Well, Moms everywhere have started using this method to get the kids to wait a few moments instead of interrupting conversations, and it’s a wonder that more people haven’t heard of it! One mom breaks it down for the rest of us, and I wish I had thought of this sooner!
See these two?
Boy do they have a lot going on. Often times they are just BURSTING to tell me something and will come straight up to me and tell me what’s on their mind regardless of whether I am already talking to someone.
Well they used to.
That was before I saw this truly genius little technique from a friend.
I was chatting with her one day when her (then 3-year-old) son wanted to say something. Instead of interrupting though, he simply placed his hand on her wrist and waited. My friend placed her hand over his to acknowledge him and we continued chatting.
After she had finished what she was saying, she turned to him. I was in awe! So simple. So gentle. So respectful of both the child and the adult. Her son only needed to wait a few seconds for my friend to finish her sentence. Then she gave him her complete attention.
My husband and I started implementing this straight away. We explained to Jack and Sarah that if they want to talk and someone is already speaking, they need to place their hand on our wrist and wait. It took some practice and a few light taps on our own wrists as gentle reminders but I am so happy to report that the interrupting has all but stopped!!
No more, ‘wait‘. No more, ‘Please don’t interrupt‘. Just a simple gesture; a little touch of the wrist. That’s all.
This could be the magical solution we’ve all been waiting for! I can picture it now…a phone call that doesn’t end in shouting, perhaps? A conversation with other moms that isn’t interrupted every few minutes? What a world that would be! Have you already tried this method? I am excited to try this out as soon as possible!