Teach Your Children How to Interrupt

Teach Your Children How to Interrupt

By Donna Vail

Is there a buzzer on my chair? It seems as though every time I sit down to focus on work my children need me to get them something or want to tell me about their play. Has this every happened to you? They mean well and just want more of you, unable to comprehend what you are working on and the needs of your work. Help them manage better by teaching them how to interrupt.

Explain to them in simple terms what you are working on. Tell them you have some work that requires all of your attention and other work can be interrupted or done while they are playing around you. Show them how to know when you are in your uninterruptable work by tying a scarf or ribbon the door handle. During this time you will be working on your work, if they have something to tell you, have them make a note so as not to forget to talk to you about it later. If they are younger they can tell an older sibling, care provider or draw a picture to remember. Promise a time after you complete your work session (keep it to 30m-1hour at a time unless you have your spouse or an adult care provider) you will give them your undivided attention to catch up on what happened while working. Be sure you put this allowance of time in your calendar.

Your uninterrupted work sessions are more possible when you have a spouse, babysitter or older children to watch younger children. Be extremely disciplined during this work session, maximizing your time. Save all things such as personal email and surfing the Internet for interruptible time. As you honor yourself to stick-to your plan, you will feel more productive and satisfied in your work. You will also have the peace of mind that your children are well cared for.

Make sure your children understand that they can come and get you or call you for emergencies or very important matters. Anything that can wait, you will check in with them at the end of your session.

Moms Inspired to Action:

  • If your children or old enough practice role playing for different scenarios so they clearly understand what can wait and what an emergency is.
  • Plan uninterrupted work at multiple times during the day or week. If you don’t have a sitter, use sleep time when they go to bed, nap or before they rise as your quiet time.
  • Don’t plan uninterruptable work sessions back to back leaving your children for long extended sessions unless you have an appropriate family member or care provider to care for your children.

When is your best time to work uninterrupted? Does this require you to get a baby sitter or help from family? Please share in a comment below.

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About Donna Vail

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at http://donnavailinternational.com

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