I'm having a lot of issues with both of my children, ages 6 and 4.
The 6-year-old, well both actually, will zone out while I'm speaking, sometimes even starting to walk away or speak to someone else while I'm talking. One of the biggest problems I have with this, besides the lack of respect it shows, is that it gets in the way of me teaching her anything.
I finally had enough today and told her I'm only going to speak to her when absolutely necessary for the rest of the day. She's not happy about it, but I don't know what else to do. Maybe the issue is that I just talk to her too much, or maybe she's just tired of my voice, but either way if I don't talk much maybe when I do she'll actually listen.
What do you think about this strategy? Is it cruel? Do you think it's the wrong approach? If so, do you have any suggestions?
There's more, but I've got to get back to my kids before they get too deeply into whatever they're doing.