12/10/2012 12:33 pm ET

How To Handle Phone Interruptions

Do your kids come running to interrupt you as soon as you get on the phone? As Circle of Moms member Alicia notes of this behavior pattern in her daughter, it's as if kids have a silent alarm that goes off when mom's attention shifts away from them. She often gets off the phone to give her daughter the attention she's demanding, but then, she reports, "I start getting upset because I'm always doing this and there are things that I need to get done.”

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