Mom's Easy Hack Will Help Your Kids Stop Interrupting You (Finally!)

Jessica Martin-Weber
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Raising a small child can truly test your patience, as kids are notorious for bombarding parents with random stories and never-ending impromptu monologues. As much as we love our boogery little ones, it would be so awesome to get through a single conversation without a million and one interruptions. Thankfully, we have parents like Jessica Martin-Weber, whose simple trick to get her kids to stop interrupting her is the blessing that keeps on giving.

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No, this photo isn't a snap of one of Jessica's six children grabbing her arm to tell her another tale. As this mom notes in a post shared on her Beyond Moi Facebook page, it's the "breakthrough" she and her husband have been desperately waiting for.

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Jessica Martin-Weber
Beyond Moi/Facebook

"We tried teaching 'excuse me please' or just 'excuse me,' but they just repeated that louder and louder too," Martin-Weber writes. "Cute at first, but 'excuse me mommy' 30 times isn't much better than 'mommy' 30 times." (So relatable.)

After trying different methods -- along with a few "deep breathing exercises" to keep her sanity intact -- Jessica says teaching her children to touch her arm when they have something to say was the trick that finally stuck.

Martin-Weber writes in her Facebook post:

"In order to help with this and respect our personal boundaries and limits, we have taught our children to demonstrate when they have something to share by gently laying a hand on our arm if we are speaking or listening to someone else at that moment. So they know we're aware they want to say something, we physically respond in some way such as putting our hand over their hand or gently touching their back or holding their hand."

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And guess what? It totally works!

Jessica explains in her post that her youngest child, the one who has had the hardest time not interrupting, recently put this method into practice.

"The last couple of days she has suddenly been using this practice!" the mom exclaims in her Facebook post. "And the shock has stopped me dead in my tracks to acknowledge it and hear what it is she needs to tell me."

YAS! 

Since she shared what some consider to be a godsend of a parenting hack, moms have taken to Jessica's Facebook post in droves to express their gratitude and share how they're putting the trick to good use.

"Whoa! I love this idea!!" one Facebook commenter writes on this mom's post. "Interrupting is a huge trigger for frustration overflow for me too!! Can't wait to try this with my 3 year old son (and maybe my husband)."

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Jessica's post even inspired one mom to share the equally brilliant technique she uses to get her kids to stop interrupting.

"I recently introduced a 'talking stick' aka a wooden spoon at our supper table with our 4.5-year-old who has non-existent impulse control," the mother reveals on Jessica's Facebook post. "Whoever has the stick is the person who is speaking and if you want the stick you have to raise your hand. It's been helping."

Brilliant!

Obviously, Jessica and other parents who find themselves having a "help me!" moment when it comes to their kids' interruptions still love their children. But every parent has times when it's a struggle to sit through another story that feels like you're listening to an a cappella version of "This Is the Song That Never Ends."

It's okay to teach your kids to take a pause, and should you need a lifeline, simply have them lay a hand on you.

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