What about when my son yells and tells me to get off the phone when I’m talking on the phone?
I would talk to him about appropriate phone behavior, and word it as a boundary. I have told my children that anything they ask for when I’m on the phone is an automatic “no.” I’ll reconsider if they wait and ask again when I’m off the phone.
Most children go through this phase, at least for a bit. Some ideas:
- Screen your calls and only take important ones. Call others back when it’s convenient for you
- Play a “phone video” for him that only comes on when you’ll be on the phone for a while.
- Have a box of “phone toys” only played with during that time.
- Have a special, silent activity you can use to give him attention while you’re on the phone.