How could I do for my son ?

Gen Jin - posted on 01/16/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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How could I do that my son who is 16 month do not like to listen the story. Every time I bring hime to the library to join the story time but he do like to listen it and like to running everywhere and make noisy.
How could I do that every day he would not go to sleep if I am not lull. And even that he is really hard to falling sleep.He is my first baby and I do not know how to treat him will be better.

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Michelle - posted on 01/17/2013

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At that age they don't have a very long attention span. My 2nd child couldn't sit down and listen to a book or watch a movie but would play with his cars for hours. My daughter has only just started sitting for long periods and staying interested in things and she's nearly 3.

He's an energetic boy who would prefer to be outside burning off some energy rather than sitting still for any length of time. He will change but when he's ready.

Maybe do things that he enjoys rather than trying to make him sit still. Go to the park or even if you have an indoor play center nearby.

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Char - posted on 01/22/2013

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Yes I agree your son is too young to be expected to sit still for a story time. He sounds like a wonderfully energetic boy and needs to run around swim and play. Story time is really for bedtime at this age. Let hm choose the book when he's already sleepy. Remember that sometimes children are easily over stimulated and can easily become overtired and they will not settle quietly then either. Take your cues from your son by observing what he does and make sure you have a good routine from the time he wakes until he sleeps.

Gen Jin - posted on 01/22/2013

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Thank you very much. You informantion is really helpful. I will try these methods. He seems like has lots of energy.

AnnMarie - posted on 01/18/2013

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I agree he needs to burn off some energy. But he sounds like my 2nd who is 3.5. He just needs to move. Her can now sit for a story, if he wants to (this is a huge factor). Maybe you can try to practice with him. Our take him to the park before to tire him out a little. Or maybe he just needs to check out the library before he sits down for story time. Go there early and let him walk around and check it out(go to the children's section they don't make as big of a deal about a little noise). Then explain to him that at story time you need to sit and listen our you are going to leave the library and go home. go to story time have him sit next to you or on your lap. Sit in the back. If he gets up our makes noise quietly correct him and remind him that if he can't sit for story time you are going to leave. If he runs or if he gets up many times(I usually go 3 now but he's little so I'd give more chances) calmly collect your things and him and leave. Explain to him that you are leaving because he wouldn't listen to the story. try again another day. Do it the same way. Stick to it. He will learn if he wants to hear the story he needs to sit still. Both of my children like to know what is expected of then before they go somewhere. Of I remind then of how to behave and what is expected of them they generally do pretty good. Also I'm a firm believer in bribery or rewards(whatever you want to call it) for GOOD behavior. Tell him of he sits nice for story time you can get a movie (or book, or computer game, our whatever) from the library. This is what I would do. My second is a loud, high energy, stubborn, wonderfully curious and creative child. He just needs very clear boundaries and he needs me to sick to what I say with little exception. He is completely diffrent from my first who sat beautifully at story time.

Gen Jin - posted on 01/17/2013

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Thanks a lot. That would be helpful for me. And I will try to let him go outside more. Hope he will pay more attention to the reading and listening when he is ready.

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