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My 5 yo DS talks from the minute he wakes up until he goes to bed. Lots and lots of questions, many of which he already knows the answer to. We are constantly talking to him about talking in a quieter voice because not only does he talk all the time, he talks all the time loudly. I'm glad he's exuberant and happy, but I'd love for him to take a breath every once in a while and rest his voice. Is it just me? Do I have this to look forward to with my next child?
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My 4.5 year old is like that. My 6 year old is a lot quieter, though! I think it depends on the kid.

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IME yes they do! My dd1 certainly does and my second dd who is 3 months shy of being 3 also talks from the moment she opens her eyes.

I think they process a lot of stuff by talking about it and don't always necessarily need our input and that is what the constant questioning is for.

The exuberance is great and it also gets on my nerves sometimes too but I try to let it wash over me and only resort to shouting back once in a while!
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It seems like my dd (4.5 yo) has been talking constantly since she was 2. I don't answer every question for her, instead I encourage her to get our children's dictionary & we look things up together. Wikipedia too. Anyway, I've talked with other parents about it & not all kids are that way. There really are a variety of children's personalities out there. I'd say the only drawback about it for me is that I've become a worse listener because sometimes I tune out the constant chatter. I've become desensitized to it I guess.
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It wasn't too bad with my daughters, because when DD1 was 5, DD2 was 3.5, and when DD2 was 5, DD1 was 6.5- so they happily talked to one another and I could tune most of it out!

DS was a constant talker at that age too. It helped a lot to encourage him to talk to his toys (and to make them respond) rather than having him expect to CONSTANTLY have my attention.

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My DS talked CONSTANTLY at age 4... he still talks a lot at age 5. It's very cute, although sometimes I wish I could go more than 15 seconds without him wanting to talk to me. And now that he's older, he can totally tell if I'm not paying 100% attention too.

He has the funniest things to say sometimes, I wish I could furtively videotape him.
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I read the question aloud, and my 5 year old immediately piped up
"Oh yes, of course they do. Non-stop. All the time. All 5 year olds do, all kids actually, even when they aren't five. They never stop. Not ever. The only spell to stop them is when their mother gets angry. Not pretend angry, only real angry work....."

I think a) she was trying to make a point and b) she has an awesome sense of humour!

nothing more to say I guess :
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Yes, I'm pretty sure they all do.

At least all the 5 year olds I've ever known.
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My dd has talked all the time for several years now, she is six now but she also did it when she was one, two, three, four, and five and I am sure she will keep doing it for the rest of her life. She didn't seem to peak at any age and then drop off, she is just a talker and will go on for hours. I don't know if quiet kids exist.
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DD1 was a late talker. She didn't really get going until she was past 2 1/2. But once she started, she was off and running and SHE HASN'T STOPPED SINCE.

She's not 5 yet; she will be at the end of the summer.

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DD is 7.

For most of today I have been saying, "Annabelle, I love you, but I need some quiet so I can work. Please either find something quiet to do, or go outside or to your room for a bit."

All she has wanted to do today was to chatter... and while I love that she wants to share Every Single Thought, I find myself tuning it out if I don't get a break from the noise, and I don't want to do that.
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Not *all* but definitely *most*.
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My boys talked all the time when they were 5. Dd is 4 and she's already talking non stop, even if no one is listening or answering.
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All of the ones that i know do!!

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My 4.5 year old even talks in his sleep. No, really.

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It varies from child to child... DD spoke her first word and never stopped talking. And yeah, she too talks in her sleep. She justifies it by saying that DH and I hardly ever talk so someone has to make up for it.

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It varies from child to child... DD spoke her first word and never stopped talking. And yeah, she too talks in her sleep. She justifies it by saying that DH and I hardly ever talk so someone has to make up for it.
thats so cute!

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4 year old over here.

Cant. hear. myself. think.


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My 4.5 y/o never. stops. talking. ever.

I've even caught him in the back seat of the car having a full on conversation...WITH HIMSELF. Heck, he even talks in his sleep.

Right now we're in the realm of the never ending questions. "Mama, why is it raining?" "Why does the rain fall down? Why can't it go up?" on and on and on.

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My 5 yo is just like that. So far my 3yo is quiet. So maybe it is a personality thing.

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Ever since he started talking at 18 months he hasn't stopped!

He's 8 now, still waiting for a bit of peace and quiet .

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My son (6) talks almost non stop. Strangers often comment on it. ("Is he like this all the time?")

Although I'm glad my son talks, he doesn't always make sense.

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My almost 5 year old is a constant talker at times too. Sometimes I just tell him, "I need some quiet time now." Its the most distracting when I'm in the van driving, so I tell him I need to concentrate and then turn the radio on. I just cannot do the 101 questions while cruising down the road. Can't.do.it.

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Ds does that ALL. THE. TIME! Non-stop. I think in his sleep even. Dd wasn't nearly as bad as he is. I sure hope the next one isn't or I might stick pencils in my eardrums. It's very overwhelming at times, to say the least.
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Dd, yes. Ds, not so much. He talked more at home and less out in public.

Dd will talk to anyone and everyone. She too talks in her sleep. We took the light rail home yesterday and didn't get seats right next to each other (she was across the aisle from me), and she was chatting up the lady sitting next to her. Luckily the woman was amused. Dd has 2 boys up the street that she plays with, and their mom and I are convinced that actually, she goes up to play with them so she can talk to their mom!

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I think it is a personality thing, but also an age thing like you say. It is a good trait, when channeled in the right direction!

You can always tell him to whisper for a while and that your ears need a break. My children seem to only have two volumes - LOUD or whisper. Reminding them to use an "inside voice" doesn't seem to help at all. But when I can't take it anymore, I will say it is "whisper time."

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mine doesn't even stop when she is sleeping. seriously.

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We've had to designate our living room the "quiet zone" b/c of ds's talking (he's 4). And, I feel really bad for doing it, but he's so loud that I end up shushing him a lot. He wakes up ds2 constantly.

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My 5 yo DS talks from the minute he wakes up until he goes to bed. Lots and lots of questions, many of which he already knows the answer to. We are constantly talking to him about talking in a quieter voice because not only does he talk all the time, he talks all the time loudly. I'm glad he's exuberant and happy, but I'd love for him to take a breath every once in a while and rest his voice. Is it just me? Do I have this to look forward to with my next child?
mine is 4 and does this. *I* did this as a child too.
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