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!
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.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults
He has the funniest things to say sometimes, I wish I could furtively videotape him.
"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!
She's not 5 yet; she will be at the end of the summer.
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.
If it looks like I'm trying to pick a fight... I'm not, I'm rarely that obvious.
|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.|
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.
He's 8 now, still waiting for a bit of peace and quiet .
Elizabeth wife to Matt , mom to Logan (2/21/01) , and little man Desmond (9/23/08)
Mourning the loss of her father: Robert Edward Dillon 5/31/52 - 01/03/2011
Although I'm glad my son talks, he doesn't always make sense.
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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!
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."
Hang in there!
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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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