Is it normal for a 2 year old to not want to pay attention?

Misty - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I've been trying to get my 2 year old to say more word's and she won't. She doesn't want to pay attention. I am going out of my mind trying to teach her new thing's. I don't know how to teach her. I think that she might have adhd, but I'm not sure. She just turned 2 today. Please help me!

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Erin - posted on 09/18/2009

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I have a 20 month old who has a short attention span I think it's normal. I do pretty much what she said about singing with everyday activities. I also explain things to him throughout our day. And he is really beginning to repeat things. I think that some kids are just very busy at this age and they all learn at there own pace. I'm sure she is learning a lot more than you realise.

Misty - posted on 09/16/2009

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I have been talking to some of my friend's and family also about how she doesn't want to listen or stay still also and everyone that I have talked to has said that it is normal. I guess that I am just a worried first time mom who is making to much of something that is there. Thank you!

Michele - posted on 09/18/2009

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I know this is going to sound odd but my advice is to change your teaching techniques. Kids at that age learn by doing and repetition. My kids are now 11 and 5 and the best thing to teach I found was singing songs while doing every day activities. I know I looked like a crazy person but I would sing the abc's while grocery shopping. It was a good way to teach them and keep their attention off of all the snack foods. Almost any daily activity can be a learning experience. Even now that my daughter is in kindergarten I am helping her learn simple math by letting her help me cook.

Just talk throuout your daily chores and your daughter will pick up on it.

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i know that young children have a very short attention span... i've heard that a child under one has an attention span of less than 2 minutes! personally, i have a 3-year-old who still gets VERY easily distracted.... is your little one simply overstimulated? (ie music noise or things going on in the background) being in a quiet, 'boring' room will help with their focus. i assume your child doesn't have any vision or hearing problems? the easiest way for kids to learn new words is just to hear them repeatedly... i never specifically taught my daughter stuff, except to ask her to repeat the word if i was telling her about something "mommy is going to brush your teeth now... can you say teeth?" don't know if that helps... but patience really is key.... and repetition..

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Kari - posted on 09/16/2009

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Hello! I have a two year old boy who doesn't hold still long enough for me to finish reading him a book :) It's so natural for them to be like that at this age. Also, they don't start doing testing for ADHD until six years old, as that's the time it starts to emerge.

Misty - posted on 09/16/2009

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There is alway's alot of noise at home. She has a 10 month old sister and when her sister start's sqealing then she start doing it also. They go back and forth all day long. I don't have very much patience, but I really need to work on that. Thank you for the advice!



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