"Why can't you just listen to me?" How many times do you find yourself hollering this to your pint-sized adrenaline junky? While it's true that sometimes children don't listen because they are engaged with something more exciting, more often than not, they are just intentionally tuning you out.
One of the major reasons that children do not listen when their parents talk, is because they have learned to second guess what their parents are about to say. And most of the time, it's going to be something that's not pleasing to their ears. They anticipate your nagging, and the fact that you are going to tell them to "do this" and "do that".
So how do you make your kids listen to you?