If you want your toddler to listen to you, get down on their level. Look them in the eye and speak clearly and softly. They won't pay attention to yelling, but will get quiet to hear a softer voice. You may have to wait until they quiet down if they are crying or screaming, but trying to outdo their noise isn't the answer. Remain calm and it will help them to get calm and be ready to listen to what you have to say.
It's really hard to make a toddler do anything. I believe this is mostly about repetition and expectation. Positively reinforce the good behavior, and try not to acknowledge the bad. Over time, if all the child's role models do this, they will learn what is expected and do it accordingly. I wrote a hub on the subject recently. You can find it here. http://rclinton5280.hubpages.com/hub/A- … hould-Know
From my experience, I make a toddler listen to me by speaking slower to them and projecting a soother voice. Acting things out also helps them understand what I'm trying to tell them.
Thank you Shil978 for asking. I appreciate it.
I always wondered about using sign language. Can toddlers talk yet, I forget.
Once we realize that any relationship is a two-way street, you can make others listen to you irrespective of their age. Children repeat what parents do. By being a good listener, you can teach them the art of listening to others patiently. As it is impossible to say yes to all their demands, give them a valid reason whenever you are denying their wish. Never allow your voice to rise above normal pitch. In my experience, kids are easier to deal with than adults.
Speak to them quietly , even though it is terribly tempting to yell. Also touch them, kneel down or put them on your lap and make eye contact. Get them used to looking at you when you talk - it is much easier that way to be sure you have their attention.
Don't get discouraged that you have to repeat things over and over for them. Believe it or not, what you say is sinking in. You will finally hear it one day when they have kids and you hear them talking to their children.
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