How do you get your kids to hear you calling them in the house? Or how do you let them know you’re in the parking lot and it’s time to be picked up? House intercoms, cell phones and texting are great — but I have other ways that I get my kids’ attention.
In the house–if the kids are in their rooms, playing with friends, or listening to music–rather than yelling for them by name (which doesn’t work–they don’t hear me)–I ring the door bell. The kids know that when the doorbell rings nonstop, they are to come to the top of the stairs, where I can talk to them. They ALWAYS come–they don’t ignore it. It really works.
For out and about, we have a family honk. If the kids are swimming in the lake, and I’m in the parking lot–they know I’m there. Our family honk goes something like this–Beep. Beep. Beep Beep Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep Beep Beep Beeeeeeeppppppp. Really–this is great–the kids come running–and for some reason, they’re not embarrassed by it.
Our modes of communication are rather fun. And fun learning is forever learning!