7 Reasons Your Child Isn’t Listening to You

And how to start re-framing their misbehavior as misunderstandings.

Katie E. Lawrence
A Parent Is Born

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Photo by Zachary Kadolph on Unsplash

Today I watched a mom struggle at the library with her kids. She had two of them, one about three or four, the other about five or six.

They were crawling all over these easily movable cube seats in the kid's area, and she kept telling them that if they moved them or didn’t sit down, then they were leaving.

I related to her frustration and watched the powerlessness wash over her face as one kept crawling across the row of cubes and the other rearranged the furniture. I wanted to hug her and let her know she was doing great.

While a fly on the wall in the situation, I heard the older child say something curious.

“I HAVE to move it.”

I don’t know exactly what he meant, but he seemed to be referring to the fact that when he moved the chairs, they made an interesting shape, and the two pieces seemed like they went together.

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” — Robert Fulghum

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Katie E. Lawrence
A Parent Is Born

Soon to be B.S. in Human Development & Family Science. I write about life, love, stories, psychology, family, technology, and how to do life better together.