Your 4 3/4-year-old: Listening skills

Your 4 3/4-year-old: Listening skills

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Even quiet preschoolers are chatterboxes compared to older children. They love to sing, tell stories, ask questions, and play word games, though they're still refining the art of conversation. The talking part is not the problem, but they may need a little help with the listening part. Kids this age are often unsure how to get and keep your attention, so they may butt in and keep going, whether or not you're listening and responding.

Fours also take a "full steam ahead" approach to talking because the area of the brain that manages self-control isn't developed yet. Often your child interrupts because he'll forget what he wants to say if he doesn't get it out quickly.

Although you don't want to discourage your child from talking, now is a good time to start teaching him conversational etiquette. Let him know that it's impolite to interrupt, and that he needs to take turns during a conversation, just as he does when he's playing with other children. If he needs to say something, tell him to wait for a pause and say "excuse me." Praise him when he does that or when he waits for you to get off the phone to ask a question.

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Be careful when you're catching up on the news: Your child may not seem to be paying any attention but then later ask you the meaning of a very adult term, like murder. Upsetting or violent images, like fires and riots, can lead to new fears or nightmares. Consider watching the news on a screen your child can't see (like your computer or phone), or waiting until after bedtime.

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