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As a parent, I know how hard it is to deal with an intrrupting child. They stand there begging for your attention, and all you want to do is finish a conversation, or complete an email before you lose your train of thought.

This happens to me a lot — I would have to say at least 3 times a day. However, it is not entirely my kids’ fault. When I am in the middle of writing, editing, or any other project I may be working on, I tend to block out the rest of the world. This is when my kids become obnoxious because they know I am not listening.

However, there is a simple way to fix the intrrupting problem that parents often face.

You can teach your child to put his or her hand on your wrist or shoulder when he or she wants your attention. When your child does this, cover the child’s hand with yours to signify that you understand that he or she wants to say something. Then, excuse yourself from your conversation or finish up a thought and acknowledge your child. It is important to thank them for waiting and then hear them out.