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When I discuss things with my 2 yr old, like "What color is the baby's shirt?" My 4 yr old always blurts out the answer before she even has a chance.<br><br>
I ask him to please not do that and let her answer....sometimes I even warn him BEFORE I ask the question...<br><br>
But he still always does it.<br><br>
This seems like its going to be an issue. He is really bad at waiting his turn to talk. And I am not sure how to teach that to him.
 

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Hey Mama,<br><br>
I think it's just part of being 4 (or 4 and being a boy). My son is now 5 and still does this to some extent but it is lessening.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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Yeah, just give him time. Especially if your 2 yo isn't upset with her big brother's "help". Hey, just ask him the questions and he probably will refuse to answer (if he's like mine) and your dd will get the chance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hey Mama,<br><br>
I think it's just part of being 4 (or 4 and being a boy). My son is now 5 and still does this to some extent but it is lessening.<br><br>
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I think it's definitely the age, not the gender (or age and personality). My DD did the same thing. At 6 I think I was finally able to explain it to her so that she would not always blurt out the answer. Still happens sometimes though. She likes to be the center of attention and prove how much she knows.
 

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It's the same way with my 2 and 4 year old boys. I ask a question and H just yells out the answer then of course T says the exact same thing. I figure reguardless if he's the one actually answering, he's still learning by listening. I'm sure I'll be dealing with it again with T and E in a couple of years too. Maybe by then I'll have a better way of dealing with it. Haha.
 

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One thing to try (caveat: haven't tried it myself) is to ask your 4yo to ask the 2yo what color X is. Gets him on your side, and there's no fun in answering his own question.
 

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It's a pretty reasonable thing for someone to do- why would a 4yo know that you're not needing the answer, that you're testing the 2yo? (Same thing would happen with adults- sitting with friends, ask one what date the presidential inauguration is, and no doubt a different friend who happens to know will answer). For myself, I'm trying to get out of the habit of asking children questions I know the answer to, which will in turn save me from being annoyed with my older child when she answers a question I've posed to the younger.
 
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