The National Parenting Center

Got questions? We’ve got answers!

Interrupting You On The Telephone

Some children drop whatever they’re doing as soon as their parent picks up the telephone. Avoid part of this problem by making most of your calls during naptime or after bedtime. However, that won’t help you with incoming calls. Try this approach.

• First, have a rule,”Don’t interrupt me while I’m on the telephone” and give a reason, “Because I can’t hear what the other person is saying.” But keep your calls to a reasonable length (like five or ten minutes).

• Second, tell your child what you want her to do. “I need you to be quiet when I’m on the phone. You can play or look at books.”

• Third, to help redirect your child’s attention, keep some special toys near the phone.

• Fourth, if your child continues to interrupt you, tell your friend that you’ll call her right back, then take your child to “time-out.” Tell her that if she leaves “time-out” while you’re on the phone, there will be no TV for the rest of that day.

• Fifth, if your child waits politely while you’re on the phone, be sure to praise her afterwards and do something of her choosing.

In summary, planning in advance what your child will do while you’re on the phone will also help her wait her turn in other situations.

During Dr. Schmitt’s 20 years as a medical practitioner and researcher, he has published over 100 articles or chapters on pediatric health care, and has been awarded the distinguished C. Anderson Aldrich Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding contributions to the field of child development. Schmitt has also authored five books including Your Child’s Health, which won Child Magazine’s first Hall of Fame Award in 1991. Schmitt is also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and on staff at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

HOW IT WORKS

A Seal of Approval review involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight-week period.

Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

There are three testing periods each year:

Report Period

SPRING '22

FALL ‘22

HOLIDAY ‘22

Testing Begins

February 15th

June 1st

September 1st

Submission Deadline

March 11th

June 24th

September 23rd

Testing Ends

April 24th

July 31st

October 30th

Report Issued

May 10th

August 17th

November 16th

Each submission must be accompanied by a $295 product testing fee (we offer multiple submission discounts). This fee covers the cost of testing, nothing more. It is non-refundable and has no bearing on the result of the testing. Additionally, we require three samples of the product or access codes for online submissions.

Edit Company

PayPal Payment

Submission Summary

In case of Agency:

Product/Service
Suggested Retail Price
Suggested Age
Description
Notes
Image
Payment Method*
Please check your PayPal Checkout Add-On settings. Your account is not connected yet.
Hidden
Hidden

Credit Card Payment

Submission Summary

In case of Agency:

Product/Service
Suggested Retail Price
Suggested Age
Description
Notes
Image
Credit Card
American Express
Discover
MasterCard
Visa
Supported Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Expiration Date
 
Hidden
Hidden

[login_widget]

PLEASE SELECT YOUR REGISTRATION TYPE

OR