3 Year Old won't be quiet for 1 minute

Brenda - posted on 01/24/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 year old that will not be quite from the moment she wakes up till the moment she falls asleep. She is constantly talking (and many times, way too many octives too high). I also have a 5 year old that is quite calm in nature, and a 2 year old that is starting to follow in the same steps and the 3 year old (very talkative). How can I calm them down - or at least get the 3 year old to be QUIET for 5 minutes (besides earplugs). Any suggestions???

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Crystal - posted on 01/25/2009

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Ha ha my daughter is the same way. We joke that her mouth starts going in the morning and that's what wakes her up, and when the motor runs out of gas she falls asleep! It is very frustrating, especially if you, like me, lean toward being fairly quiet most of the time. You will likely find that she is also VERY active, not in an ADD/ADHD kind of way, just a really active kid kind of way. My best suggestion? ACTIVITIES!!! Dance or gymnastics or sports if you can, where she will burn energy, but anything that keeps her busy. We couldn't do dance this year, but she is in Sparks (Canadian version of Scouts for girls) and even that is helping. I have also found that craft stuff helps - I can sit her at the table with paper, glue, and little bits of stuff and she just goes nuts with it. Sometimes, you just gotta take them where they can run and holler and get it out of their system. If my daughter has had a chance to burn off some of her energy she is a bit quieter. She is also almost 7 and in grade 1, and going to school has helped a bit.

Jaime - posted on 01/24/2009

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Hi Brenda-

How about trying activities where they are listening to you talk such as reading a book. At least you would be listening to your own voice. :)

Also try activities that require concentration and that are task related--baking, puzzle, coloring??? Is she in preschool?? Can you get the two little ones into a baby gymnastics class? I know my daughter (2.5) loves it. It requires them to further develop their listening and motor skills. Try not to let her know that it is getting to you as she will use it as a weapon! :) Good luck!

Lee - posted on 01/24/2009

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i have a 2 year old who starting to follow in the foots steps of her 9 year old sister, who hasnt shut up since the day she was born. she even talks all night in her sleep. She will talk the ear off anyone who will stop to listen or even if they dont stop. But the occassional times she was quite i knew something was wrong, and then you wish they would start to rabbit on again. But something we try and seems to work with our girls and even my niece who is 4, is we make bets with them that they cant be quite for 10 mins or more sometimes, the dare in this often seems to work, other wise try an all day sucker might not be good for they teeth but your mental health gets a rest! Good luck

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