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Mama Drama: Chilling a Chatterbox

Dear Mama Drama: My five year old daughter is very bright, very verbal, and very passionate. She is a delight to be around most of the time and has tons of ideas and information to share, but she often struggles to let others have a turn talking in social situations. She gets so excited about what she wants to say that she interrupts or talks over others and then does not understand when they are frustrated with her. Her teachers have also noted this and indicate that it is beginning to have a negative effect on her friendships. How can I help her learn to be more patient and honor what others have to say? ~Chattered Over Mama  (photo credit) Dear Chattered Over: It is wonderful that you recognize the positives of your daughter’s intellect and enthusiasm. Helping her find the balance betwe...

Mama Drama: Getting Kids to Tune In

Dear Mama Drama: I have three children ages 2, 4, and 6. I struggle so much to get them to listen to me when I am giving directions or asking them questions. They don’t even listen when I’m trying to do something for them like fix a meal and give them a choice about something. I get so frustrated that I end up yelling at them. This is clearly not working, but I don’t know what else to do. ~Tuned Out Mama (photo credit) Dear Tuned Out: It is extremely frustrating when your kids don’t listen to you. Sticking with the same old patterns of repeating directions and yelling, however, will only bring the same results. You’ll have to change your approach in order to change their response. First make sure you have their attention before you give any information. Go to where they are, say thei...