• K.C. Dreisbach, LMFT

How to Get Kids to Listen without Yelling

Updated: Apr 7

So, you’ve asked nicely, then asked a little less nicely, and then asked more firmly before you finally lose it and scream, “WHY AREN’T YOU LISTENING TO MOMMY?!?!?”

Today, I’m tackling how to get your child to listen the first time you ask them to do something.

How many of us catch ourselves repeating the same directive to our kids 2, 3, 5 times before they actually seem to listen to us? It’s extremely frustrating, but it can be dangerous too! What if your child is running into the street as a car is approaching? When you say “STOP,” they must STOP the FIRST time you say it because the second time might be too late.