Monday, June 10, 2013

Mommy Monday: The Interrupt Rule

The Interrupt Rule


The Interrupt Rule - How your child can show respect and honor to their elders through a simple rule.  {the House of Hendrix}
The situation is all too familiar. Two adults are talking and a child needs to tell their mother something.
       ”Mom! Mom! ” the child says as their mother is mid-sentence with her friend.  5 minutes later it happens again.  ”Excuse me, Mom?”
Even with polite words, the parent is being interrupted. It can be hard to focus on either conversation AND be an effective listener when your thoughts are continuously interrupted.
There is a great opportunity here for a child to show respect and honor to their elders by properly knowing how to interrupt a conversation.
Several years ago I took a parenting class called Growing Kids God’s Way which taught a solution I have recently reintroduced to my children.  It’s called The Interrupt Rule.
Here’s how it works: When two adults are talking and a child needs to interrupt, they simply put their hand on their parents arm or shoulder. The child waits patiently without speaking.
The Interrupt Rule - How your child can show respect and honor to their elders through a simple rule. {the House of Hendrix}
By maintaining contact, the parent knows the child has a need. The parent can touch their child’s hand to acknowledge its presence.The Interrupt Rule - How your child can show respect and honor to their elders through a simple rule. {The House of Hendrix}
The parent can continue in their conversation until there is a natural pause or good moment to address the child. ” Thank you for waiting Palmer, what can I help you with?” The child’s needs have been met and were addressed with undivided attention at a moment determined by the parent.
I also have been known to hide in my closet when talking on the phone to avoid being interrupted; so I have implemented the Interrupt Rule when I am on the phone. My children don’t wait forever, but this gives me a few moments to finish up my conversation before shifting gears.
In addition to the obvious lesson in patience, the Interrupt Rule teaches children to honor and respect their elders and the conversations amongst them.

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