Teaching Baby About Inside Voices

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As a child gets older, the concept [of inside voices] is easier for them to understand but it will take time and patience on your part. It’s a learning process.

One of the biggest challenges of parenthood is teaching your child what is appropriate and not appropriate. Chances are good that you have witnessed either your own child or someone else’s being inappropriately loud at times. This can become a real problem, so it’s important to begin teaching children to differentiate between “indoor” versus “outdoor” voices at an early age.

Child Development Expert and Parenting Coach Pam Dyson suggests introducing the concept “when a child begins talking. As a child gets older, the concept is easier for them to understand but it will take time and patience on your part. It’s a learning process.”

Be a Role Model

The number one way to teach a child a behavior is to model it yourself. This is hands-down the best strategy for children. Model the voice that you’d like the child to use and do not waiver. Don’t compete with him or her or respond louder than you’d like, no matter how loud they become.

“The best way to teach a child a concept is to model it yourself,” Dyson said. “Make a game of it and practice it inside and outside the house. Make it fun and add a little humor. Have stuffed animals, puppets, and other toys demonstrate inside and outside voices.”

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Walk the Walk

Though it may seem harmless to you, calling your child from another location can really confuse them and set them back in their learning. If you want their attention, walk into the room they are in instead of yelling for them. Do this with anyone you wish to speak to when the child is around.

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Teaching Baby About Inside Voices

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  1. Profile photo of Jenifer Jenifer says:

    my son is getting better but he is still very much a loud vocal kid lol but we r workin on it

  2. Profile photo of Samantha Samantha says:

    yeah,it’s not an easy thing.It feels like I’m going to blow if I can’t scream

  3. Profile photo of Sindy Sindy says:

    Not an easy thing to do because I lose my patience easily and screamed the third time I have to tell her not to do something. And my husband doesn’t help at all because he screams all the time.

  4. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    It is important to breathe in & out in times like you’re running out of patience! Stop and breathe and think and talk calmy

  5. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    thats very true dont talk to your kid in screaming mode because that the only way that your kid is gonna understand


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