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“In a minute!”

October 31, 2010

I bet you’ve had your child ask you many times  to read a book or play a game and I bet you’ve said, “In a minute.” 

This usually sets you up to forget the request and you may end up not doing what you told your child you would do, which damages your relationship and the trust between you in the long term.

 So why not try this little strategy next time think:

 “For a minute” and go over and interact with your child “For a minute.” 

Magically, when you do this, you will find yourself there for more than a minute and you will have filled up their need for your attention quickly and easily – “Simples” as the meerkats would say !

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Sue Atkins is a Parenting Expert who offers practical guidance for bringing up happy, confident, well behaved children. She is also the author of “Raising Happy Children for Dummies” one in the  famous black and yellow series published worldwide and the highly acclaimed Parenting Made Easy CDs. She regularly appears on BBC Breakfast and The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 and her parenting articles are published all over the world.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2010 11:53 pm

    LOVE this.
    Thank you.

    • December 21, 2010 8:24 am

      It’s very simple idea – but it works ! Let me know how you get on !
      Sue

  2. Henrysmumuk permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:04 pm

    I think it is important for then to learn that sometimes they must wait. Also, often what I am doing cannot simply be dropped. I use a number prompt to list the order in which things will happen: I say “1. Mummy finishes this, then 2. We read the book, ok?” and if possible I find a way for him to join in and help me finish the task first.
    Having made the verbal to do list it also helps me to remember to read the book.

    • December 21, 2010 2:21 pm

      Yes I think you’re right – learning to wait and be patient is also really important too and then keeping your word. Thanks so much for your comments.

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