Teaching Baby About Inside Voices

Mother and son playing with a dandelion in the park

If your child feels like he or she doesn’t have your undivided attention, then your child may be more prone to raise his or her voice to gain your attention. 

Use Their Name

Studies have shown that incorporating a person’s name into the conversation when speaking to them catches and holds their attention better than not using their name. Rather than trying to speak louder to gain the child’s attention, use and repeat their name until they fixate on your words.

Have Fun

Part of the learning process is internalizing, and it is easiest for a child to remember something that was fun for them. They will, at least subconsciously, want to recreate that experience. So go crazy outside; be as loud as you want and let loose. Once back inside, practice talking in softer tones and even whispering. Ask your child if he or she can hear you alright, and if they can, explain that there is no reason to be so loud inside.

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Pay Attention

Make sure you pay adequate attention to your child and others when they speak to you. If your child feels like he or she doesn’t have your undivided attention, then your child may be more prone to raise his or her voice to gain your attention. Practice good listening skills to those around you and your child will more than likely mimic that behavior.

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5 comments

  1. 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. Samantha says:

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

  3. 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. 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. 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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