How to Get Your Kids’ Attention


How to Get Your Kids’ Attention

It’s supper time, or time to get ready to go, or you just need to ask the kids something. Does this ever happen to you?

How to Get Your Kids' Attention

cartoon of woman calling her children


OK, they’re carrying on somewhere, and your attempts to reach them have been futile.

What’s next? Holler louder? Go upstairs from room to room until you locate them, whereupon you can get down to their level and lovingly “collect” them? Give up and decide you don’t need to go anywhere ever again after all?

No! Don’t waste time with any of those. Next time, try my fail-proof plan for collecting your kids.


How to Get Your Kids' Attention

Cartoon of a broom picking up floor debris

How to Get Your Kids' Attention

Cartoon of debris on floor

How to Get Your Kids' Attention

cartoon of 2 boys only showing their lower body and debris on floors

Nothing beckons “come stand here” to a kid quite like a dirt pile. There’s not a sweeping pile in our house that didn’t end up with a kid in the middle of it, even if it’s in the corner of the room. Even if the kid hadn’t been in the room yet all day.

Incidentally, this is a tradition that goes back to my own childhood. Here is a cartoon I drew at 14 of my mom trying to sweep. I now feel her pain (and accept that it doesn’t stop in the teen years– that’s me in the last panel. Sigh).


How to Get Your Kids' Attention

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Sorry, Ma.  

So, try it next time you want to save yourself the hassle of hollering or searching the house. If you find that doesn’t work, however, you might also try my other strategy, which is to sit down with a cup of coffee. That always gets my children rolling toward me like bony tumbleweeds.

What other strategy would you like to share with our readers? 

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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Kids, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Calvin F. says:

    Great simple tips thanks!

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ll have to try that with my grandkids, it’s sometimes difficult to get their attention 🙂

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    Omg this is soooooo true, thanks for the laugh, this goes for dogs as well, you won’t see them all day till you sweep the kitchen floor then they are right there walking through the pile of dirt..grrrrr

  4. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    LMAO my mom is always screaming down the stairs for my brother. He usually has his headphones on.

  5. AD says:

    They don’t answer, they don’t get fed, or get to go out or do anything else I have called to them for. Teaches them pretty quickly to start responding!

  6. KD says:

    Haha! Sometimes it does seem like a pile of dirt from sweeping brings them running. 😉

  7. Charlotte says:

    LOL! My loud screaming affects my hearing more than it does my kids!

  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Wow, you’ve kept the cartoon since you were 14 yrs old, that is lovely 🙂

  9. Fan R. says:

    It is time when neighbors hear me better than our kids!

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