Your 3 1/4-year-old: The art of conversation

Your 3 1/4-year-old: The art of conversation

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Your 3-year-old now

It takes time for your child to learn how to describe what he wants to do or have someone else do. He's depending on you to model social scripts for him. For example, every time you say, "Excuse me" before you interrupt a conversation, your child picks up on the idea that this is a way to gently break in without barging in. You probably already provide lots of these scripts without realizing it:

  • "Can I play, too?" teaches how to join an activity.
  • "Jack, ask Tad if you can try his tricycle" teaches how to ask for a turn.
  • "Say thank you for the treat" teaches how to express gratitude.
  • "How about if you pour and I hold the bucket?" models how to divide up work.
  • "That makes me sad (or mad)" shows ways of expressing emotion other than pow!

Your life now

Pssst ... want to really get your preschooler's attention? Try talking to him in a whisper. You'd think speaking louder would be the way to do it, but yelling can frighten a child or, if heard too often, simply be tuned out and ignored. A whisper, on the other hand, is irresistibly intriguing to a little one. Your child can't help but lean in closer to hear the special words you are about to deliver. Preschoolers are also attracted to words like secret, special, and magical, all of which suggest that something wonderful or exciting is about to happen.

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