Many of us have sat in a restaurant, a movie theatre or perhaps you noticed this phenomenon just walking down the street. I am referring to the ill mannered child. The child that doesn't seem to be aware that others feelings need to be considered when it comes to behavior.
Virtually every bad behavior you can think of...talking back, interrupting, stealing, violence, and overall rudeness all have one thing in commonï¿½..bad manners. Manners are literally at the heart of whether or not a child makes a good decision or a bad one when it comes to how they will choose to behave. It also has a great deal to do with how that child will succeed as an adult later in life.
One of the biggest offenders of bad behavior in kids is interrupting. It is one of the first ill mannered behaviors that kids engage in and it is also one of the easiest to get a handle on. Here are some tips on how to curb this bad habit early on, even as young as three years old.
When to interrupt
Prepare your child
Distract your child
Help your child understand why
Use a tool
All kids interrupt. Your goal as a parent is to teach your child consideration and respect. The stronger those virtues are in your child, the less they will choose behaviors like interrupting that disregard people's feelings. When your child is considerate, praise them and help them to see they made a great choice and that you appreciate that they were thinking of others. Try and focus on these virtues and not the specific behavior and in time you will see politeness and consideration on many levels from your child.