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Living in a home filled with people it is important for everyone to learn what exactly an inside voice is and why they need to use them. Otherwise, just simply talking can make the house turn chaotic and loud. I don’t know about you but that is the last thing I would want. As the weather begins to change here on my side of the world I am reminded more and more how important this concept truly is.
Tips on Teaching the Inside Voice Concept
Since I have been asked about a million times how in the world you can teach the inside voice concept I thought I would share with you a few tips that worked for us. Note: Every child and every family is different. It is also important to remind you that just like everything else learning new concepts take time!
- Lead by example: By nature, I am a loud person. In order for our children to learn that we have to keep a low-key voice in the house, we ourselves have to keep ourselves in check at all times. This includes those times we are tempted to yell. Not only does this help them to remember to use inside voices but it also a well-known fact that if you talk in a calm low voice your children actually hear more.
- Provide a calm indoor environment: If the television is blaring or the music is blasting this is going to cause your children to get loud. Instead, keep things low. This will help them to remember that nothing is competing with the sounds of their voice.
- The one person at a time rule: Learning to wait can be hard especially when you have something you feel is important to say. However, if you don’t wait for the next thing you know everyone is yelling. Instead, remind your children to wait their turn. Of course, this means you may end up to listening to stories for an hour but hey, sometimes those stories can be pretty funny.
- Provide constant reminders: Seriously pretend you are a broken record. As they speak loud remind them that only inside voices are allowed. It truly is kinda mind-numbing how many times you will have to remind them but in the end, it is worth it.
- Start as early as you can: When they are at least 3 they can understand the difference between inside and outside voices. The quicker you teach them the difference the better off you will be.
I would love to know how you taught your children how to use their inside voices. Share below in the comments.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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