The genius hack to stop kids interrupting

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It's a pet peeve of parents all over the world, when your children constantly interrupt your conversations.

You know it, the all too familiar: 'Mum, mum, mum, mum' while you're trying to talk on the phone or chat with a friend. Or the: 'Dad, dad, dad, dad' while you're in the middle of telling your partner a funny story.

Well, this mum of six kids got sick of their "persistent interrupting". Jessica Martin-Webber, from Oregon, said she gets really irritated when her kids interrupt her all the time.

"I like to think I'm a chill parent but I have plenty of moments when that is not the case," she wrote in a Facebook post.

"Certain behaviors are more triggering for me than others.

"One such behavior that requires deep breathing exercises on my part is interrupting. Particularly frequent and persistent interrupting. Which can easily happen with young children and in a large family.

"This greatly tests my patience. Soooooooooooo much."

Jessica tried teaching her kids to say "excuse me, please" but that didn't work.

"They just repeated that louder and louder too," she wrote.


"Cute at first but 'excuse me, mommy' 30 times isn't much better than 'mummy' 30 times."

Instead, she has now taught them another method.

"In order to help with this and respect our personal boundaries and limits, we have taught our children to demonstrate when they have something to share by gently laying a hand on our arm if we are speaking or listening to someone else at that moment," she explained.

"So they know we're aware they want to say something, we physically respond in some way such as putting our hand over their hand or gently touching their back or holding their hand."

Jessica understands that for younger kids it's often impossible for them to self regulate their urgency and excitement, but the method's been working for their family.

"Our youngest has had a very hard time with this," she said.

"Her excitement is quite compelling and it is just SO. HARD.

"Until now! The last couple of days she has suddenly been using this practice!

"And the shock has stopped me dead in my tracks to acknowledge it and hear what it is she needs to tell me."