The biggest problem that many preschool educators and parents face is getting preschoolers to listen. Getting young children to listen can be tough, and it’s crucial for educators and parents to learn how to get them to listen tactfully.
Before you attempt any of the methods it’s crucial for you to know that these won’t work overnight and that this will be a time-consuming process. However, you will get the results you desire.
Connect before you speak
Before you start speaking to your child, understand that you can’t just shout things into thin air. You need to get down to their level. Connect with them before you start speaking. Get them to understand how important it is for them to listen to you.
Use fewer words
Let’s not forget the age of your preschooler. Try to use fewer and simpler words that they can understand. Try to speak slower and make sure that they do not get distracted. This will help them understand you.
Look at it from their perspective
When your child replies to what you say, listen to them carefully. Try to understand what they are trying to convey. Look at things from their perspective and try to meet them in the middle so that you and your child are both comfortable.
Cooperation is a two-way street
Nobody likes someone who barks orders, neither will your child. Try to talk to them like a friend. Cooperate with them. Instead of using phrases like “I want you to do this…”, “Can you do this…” and so on, try to use phrases like, “Would you like to help me with this…”
To sum up
Your preschoolers can listen and they will. All you need to do is put some effort and have patience. Show them that you are their friend but also employ an authoritative tone so that they won’t take you for granted. Try these methods, and you’ll have your preschooler listening to you in no time.