Those of us adults who either have children or work with children are typically geared to doing whatever we can to help them. Sometimes though, we help our children achieve more by doing less ourselves. One key example is when we are communicating with a child and we jump in to finish their sentences or we ask a question and instead of waiting for an answer, answer for them or ask another question. Some children take a little longer to process a question or process their thoughts and we hinder their progress and their growth by jumping in too soon. A blogger I saw on Pinterest used the term "Five second rule" in connection with this (Giving Kids Time to Respondby MARIE on MAY 14, 2009 http://www.makeandtakes.com/giving-kids-time-to-respond#sthash.V5qHyOwv.dpuf.)
When waiting for a response from a child, hold your tongue, count to five in your head, and give them time to process what has been said and how they want to respond. If they need help after the five seconds, then step in. This will help keep communication more relaxed and less stressful for those children who struggle with it. Plus, sometimes you can be very amazed with what children will say when given the chance!
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