Your otherwise adorable little one has one problem- she constantly interrupts.
When you are talking to strangers she finishes your sentence.
When you are talking to your boss over the phone, while working from home, she needs your immediate attention and starts interrupting.
Your best friend has come to visit, your little preschooler never stops showing off. There comes a time when both you and your friend are exhausted and annoyed with this little pest.
In a group setting she monopolizes complains her teacher.
What are you going to do?
Understand why she is doing this- to get attention. When others stop, she wins. Even if it is negative attention she gets her way and it becomes her habit. Tell her that you are going to ignore her if she interrupts and really follow through consistently for awhile.
Realize that young kids are basically ego centric. With this understanding and patience gradually guide her with excellent role modeling. Let her hear how you say “Sorry, go ahead I didn’t mean to interrupt” etc.
You cannot change her if she does not want to. So our next step is to motivate her so that the desire to change comes from within her. This intrinsic desire or determination is the cure for this problem. You can not fix it with a Band-Aid.
To do this the following steps are suggested:
Give her some quality time and attention on a regular basis that you both enjoy and look forward to. It should be some thing beyond preaching or lecturing. The library and book stores may provide you with many good books, DVD s and CDs that you can share and talk about. Play games that she loves. You may bring scenarios and have the stuffed animals act out. This will give ideas to her, also it will open your eyes to the fact that how your thought process is so different from hers.
Tell her how you feel when you are interrupted referring to recent past situation and how can she help next time it happens.
Give her concrete suggestions like
Using a timer and she has to wait until then
Use crayons and paper to draw pictures and keep busy
Use books or a game to need to wait your turn.
You are her role model. So when she sees how you handle when you need to wait she’ll gradually learn. Be sure to give her feed backs when she succeeds and use phrases like “Excuse me, Thank you” etc to correct herself.