After hanging around school enough, you pick up a few tricks that the teachers use to get the children to listen. Unfortunately, we can’t use them all at home, but here are a couple that have been quite effective at home on occasion (i.e. when I pull it off successfully)…
1. Sing it!
G2 has one of the most soft spoken teachers I have ever heard and it would always amaze me how she managed to get 20 rowdy children to do what she asked with that quiet, gentle voice of hers. I have seriously never heard her raise her voice. Ever. I can’t even imagine how they could hear her over the ruckus that they make.
One of the things she used to do to get the children’s attention was sing her instructions to the tune of a popular children’s song and eventually all the children would fall into line.
So I tried it, too.
Would you believe it worked? The boys who take everything I say as a suggestion to be ignored actually giggled and listened to me for a change.
2. Praise the other one
Okay, for this one you kinda need to have more than one child because you need a role model to praise but here’s how it goes…
They say that one of the best ways to encourage good behaviour is to recognise when your child behaves in a manner that you like. Unfortunately, that can be difficult when your child most often behaves poorly. The odds that you’ll see something to approve of usually increase with the number of children you have around you. For instance, in a classroom of 20 children, there is bound to be one child doing something right. When you spot it, pounce on it and make sure all the other children hear how pleased you are with this child.
Of course, it’s harder when you only have two kids at home and they’re bickering with each other most of the time…