February 17, 2011 by Michelle 5 Comments When Mommy Is Talking Stand up straight. Don’t stick your tongue out. Don’t cross your eyes. Look at Mommy. Keep looking at Mommy. Don’t roll your head around. Good. Related Posts:3 Ways to Get More of the Word in Your Mind August 5, 2019 When you're already super busy, how can we prioritize God's Word? At different seasons in my life, it seemed either…Stop the Scripture Reading! May 8, 2017 Sometimes we say we love the Bible, but spend more time reading people talk about the Bible than the Bible…Remember God Is My Father February 24, 2016 What Scriptures are stuck in your head this week? Scriptures that find their way out of the pages of my…Peace in Parenting June 3, 2019 On Thursday morning I dropped my oldest (almost 16 years old) off at the airport, as he flies out to…Reading Leviticus with Children January 14, 2018 A few weeks ago, we started reading the Bible from start to finish with our children. We've read smaller chunks,… Tweet PrintFacebookTwitterEmailPinterestLinkedInTelegramLike this:Like Loading...
I find this is easier for some kids than others. I spent a lot of time trying to manage this for a bit and then found that my attention to it detracted from what I was trying to teach them. I started getting good and determining whether it was out of disrespect or an attempt to decrease their own shameful feelings. My personal experience was when I stopped giving it attention, and spoke for shorter periods of time, it stopped being an issue. Every kid is different though. 🙂
Thanks for the smile. My two won’t look at me. We are working on this.
Laura— I think you’re right here, especially about the length of talking time. I know that at least one child finds difficult the intensity of corrective conversations of any length. I’ve had to lower my intensity (a good thing anyway) when talking, and for awhile I didn’t make it an issue at all. However, I realized that the aversion to looking someone in the eyes was starting to become a habitual response. So I started addressing it directly. It makes me smile, though, to think of how difficult it is to cover all the weird facial expressions with a single command. That’s when I posted my comments. 🙂
I agree Michelle. At times I have just broken down laughing at the many different ways to avert ones eyes, or not try desperately NOT to avert the eyes, but do everything else under the sun to avoid vulnerability. At least laughing released the tension that was building 🙂