It may seem that you must repeat yourself constantly, but it's unlikely that your kids have a hearing problem. Chances are, they simply need more concise instructions.
Even though your tweens fully comprehend your grown-up vocabulary, they are in some ways just as easily distracted as when they were toddlers. If possible, state your request in as few words as possible:
"In five minutes, the dog needs a walk."
Or smile and hold out the leash: "Dog."
— Linda O'Connell
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2011 issue of
Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2010 by Linda O'Connell. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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