Like the majority of small people, typical or otherwise,
The Boy Child has an annoying habit of interrupting adults.
I saw this great post on A Cup of Jo yesterday:
I was chatting with a friend one day when her 3-year-old son wanted to say something. Instead of interrupting though, he simply placed his hand on her wrist and waited. My friend placed her hand over his to acknowledge him and we continued chatting.
After she had finished what she was saying, she turned to him. I was in awe! So simple. So gentle. So respectful of both the child and the adult. Her son only needed to wait a few seconds for my friend to finish her sentence. Then she gave him her complete attention.
Such a simple gesture, and so respectful of the child and yourself and the person you're speaking with:
and decided to try it out on The Boy Child today.
After I'd explained what I wanted him to do if he wanted the attention
of an adult who was in the middle of a conversation, he exclaimed,
"What?? Are you kidding me?"
(Best read in an American accent ~ think Chicago gangster.)