How do I teach my grade-schooler not to interrupt me while I'm on the phone?

How do I teach my grade-schooler not to interrupt me while I'm on the phone?

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It's an old story (or at least a common complaint) — the minute you pick up the telephone, your youngster magically appears by your side in dire need of your time and attention. The older he gets, the less often it'll happen — but your child will continue to crave your attention even when he's not a child anymore. At this age, though, he has enough reasoning ability to know that he needs to wait for you sometimes. As long as you don't overuse the phone, you should be able to limit his demands for your attention during calls.

If you're just coming home from a long day at work, try to keep phone conversations to a minimum. Your grade-schooler hasn't seen you all day and he needs time to check in. Emergencies aside, now isn't the time to become engrossed in a 30-minute breakdown of your sister-in-law's vacation. If you've been with your child all day and he isn't desperately craving your time, on the other hand, you should be able to chat for a while.

When the phone rings, make sure your youngster has something to occupy him, like building a Lego castle or playing a computer game. If he starts to whine or complain, break from your call to say, "I know you don't like it when I'm on the phone, but sometimes I have to talk to people for a little while. I'll be with you soon." This has the added benefit of letting the caller know you need to get off. Just be sure to keep your promise and give your child your undivided attention as soon as you're done.

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