Young children live in a universe where all revolves around them. When they want you, they want you…now! Interrupting comes with the territory. Many children are taught to politely say excuse me, but then without waiting, go right ahead and start talking just the same. Kindergarten and First Grade teachers usually spend the month of September teaching children that there are many ways to get our attention and being slapped on the thigh is not one of them. Don’t laugh, at least half of the incoming Kindergartners AND First Graders, try slapping, tapping, poking, pushing the teacher to get his/her attention. We teach children that there are many other children in the class wanting and waiting to also talk to us so they must learn to wait. It would be helpful if at home you practiced having your child wait to talk to you when you are talking with another person or family member. In school, children are taught to raise their hands and not yell out, but children are expecting an instant response to their question or need and have to learn to wait. Learning to wait takes patience and a little maturity but we work on it every day. Please help your child’s teacher by working on this skill as well at home.
Reposted from 2009