Getting a kid to listen can be challenging for a parent, and when children don’t listen, parents view it as a sign of disrespect. However, children tend to go through a phase where they socially mature, and their lack of listening isn’t about respect. Parents can help themselves by choosing to talk to their children when the time is right, repeat what they say, use light physical touches when you speak to them, reward the child for listening well, pick the right battles to fight with them, and respect the child’s needs.
- Timing is everything when it comes to connecting positively with your child.
- Connect with your child through gentle physical touch, which will remind them that you are on their side.
- Try to reward the positive behavior you want to see, instead of punishing the negative behavior.
“It is also a stage a child just goes through as they try to sort out their world and as parental influence begins to wane through their maturing years. So, it may feel like disrespect, but it is probably more about their social development than about anything else.”