Mary Budd Rowe, a noted educator, discovered that children need "wait time"-more time to think about what they hear-before speaking. So whenever you ask a question or give a request, remember to wait at least three seconds for your child to think about what she heard. She will absorb more information, be more likely to respond, and probably give you a fuller answer. That also means, Mom, that during those three seconds you need to wait patiently and continue to give your kid your full presence. Just to see how well you're doing, the next time you ask your child a question, time yourself: How many seconds are you waiting until you get impatient for her immediate response? Stretch your "wait time."
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