The clever way this mum-of-six taught her kids to stop interrupting.

Of the many common children’s habits that irk adults, interrupting can sometimes be the most frustrating.

That’s why mum Jessica Martin-Weber, who’d had more than enough of her six daughters (that’s right, six!) interrupting her, wanted to find a solution.

The US woman, who blogs with her husband Jeremy on their site Beyond Moi, said after trying and failing a few other methods she finally found one that works.

Jessica Martin-Weber. (Image via Facebook/BeyondMoi.)

Jessica explained in a recent Facebook post that if one of her children wishes to speak to her while she's talking to someone else, they "gently" lay their hand on their arm, to which the parent will respond by touching her hand and then addressing her daughter once she's finished the other conversation.

As the mum explains, this wasn't the first method the family tried.

"I like to think I'm a chill parent but I have plenty of moments when that is not the case," she wrote.

"One such behaviour that requires deep breathing exercises on my part is interrupting. Particularly frequent and persistent interrupting. Which can happen easily with young children and in a large family.

"We tried teaching "excuse me please" or just "excuse me" but they just repeated that louder and louder too. Cute at first but "excuse me mummy" 30 times isn't much better than "mummy" 30 times."

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Jessica describes her solution like this: "In order to help with this and respect our personal boundaries and limits, we have taught our children to demonstrate when they have something to share by gently laying a hand on our arm if we are speaking or listening to someone else at that moment," she wrote.


"So they know we're aware they want to say something, we physically respond in some way such as putting our hand over their hand or gently touching their back or holding their hand.

She explained that she recently had a break through when her youngest daughter caught on to the touch-and-wait method of getting attention.

"This picture represents a break through in our family. It is a very exciting moment indeed," she wrote next to an image of a hand on her arm.

(Image via Facebook/BeyondMoi.)

"Our youngest has had a very hard time with this. Her excitement is quite compelling and it is just SO. HARD. To contain her enthusiasm and words all at the same time.

"She just hasn't been able to find that level of control within herself.

"Until now! The last couple of days she has suddenly been using this practice!"

The blogger took the time to celebrate the parenting win by posting about it on Facebook, receiving hundreds of supportive comments, likes and shares.

Many were new to the concept and keen to implement it in their own households, while others had been using the method for years and agreed it was a "game-changer".

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