Raise your hand if this scenario sounds familiar. You’ve just picked up your kid from school and are chatting to her teacher about what her plans are for the weekend…except you can’t hear a single thing Mrs. Campbell is saying because your child keeps interrupting you. (“Mom! Mom! I want to gooooooo!”)
Or maybe you’re trying to have a serious discussion with your spouse but can’t make any progress because, yet again, your child feels the need to interject every 10 seconds.
The good news is that this behavior is entirely normal and even developmentally appropriate for young kids, says child counselor Katie Lear. “From roughly age 2 to age 7, children are naturally egocentric, meaning that it’s hard for them to think about points of view different from their own, or to separate their thoughts and feelings from other people’s,” she explains.
OK, but just because it’s normal doesn’t mean that it’s not incredibly annoying. Fortunately, there are a few tried-and-true tactics to keep your kid from constantly interrupting you and learning the art of patience. Our favorite technique? “The squeeze.”