The Five Second Rule for Questions

"We speak with more than our mouths. We listen with more than our ears." Fred Rogers

Waiting is hard. It's hard for kids, too. That's right. This is about us.

Have you ever asked your young child a question and answered it yourself? Have you ever been frustrated that you didn't get an answer right away? We (and yes, I mean me too) sometimes forget just how hard children's brains are actually working when we ask them a question.

With all of this need for speed, children don't get the time they need to give us their opinion. It's a good rule of thumb to wait 5 to 7 seconds for a baby, toddler or preschooler to process and answer when a question is posed. This is going to seem like an ETERNITY, but trust me, it's worth it. You'll show them that you're interested, engaged and trustworthy. A perfect mix.

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