I bet you’ve had your child ask you many times  to read a book or play a game and I bet you’ve said, “In a minute.”

This usually sets you up to forget the request and you may end up not doing what you told your child you would do, which damages your relationship and the trust between you in the long term.

So why not try this little strategy next time think:

“For a minute” and go over and interact with your child “For a minute.”

Magically, when you do this, you will find yourself there for more than a minute and you will have filled up their need for your attention quickly and easily – “Simples” as the meerkats would say !

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About the author

Sue Atkins is a Parenting Expert who offers practical guidance for bringing up happy, confident, well behaved children. She is also the author of “Raising Happy Children for Dummies” one in the  famous black and yellow series published worldwide and the highly acclaimed Parenting Made Easy CDs. She regularly appears on BBC Breakfast and The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 and her parenting articles are published all over the world.

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