Has anyone else dealt with the stage of constant narration with their kids? I swear it seems like from the minute NB's feet hit the floor in the morning until she falls asleep at night her mouth is constantly working. She narrates every little thing she is doing while doing it. It's a fight to get her to eat anything because she is too busy talking, talking, talking to chew anything. Between the never ending spouting about what she is doing and what she is thinking, and the "remember when" conversations, and the animal noises....the only time the child is quiet is when she is asleep. (unless she is having a particularly vivid dream, then she sleep talks too)
I'm at the end of my rope. I hate to just tell her to hush. I know that in a few years I will have to pry her jaws open to get her to tell me about her day at school... but seriously? How do you deal? How do you get a few moments of quiet in which you yourself can concentrate or think? Telling her that "mommy is trying to concentrate right now" only deters her as long as it takes me to say it and then she is off and running again.
I guess more than anything, I just want to know if other kids do this too. Do they grow out of it? *laughs*
I wonder if doing it at the same time everyday will work? Both of you suggested it, so I will have to try it.
My cousins play, with their three kids, a game called "1-2-3 zip it!" where you count to three, yell zip it and the first kid to talk looses the game. They didn't say what the winner got, but I'd probably auction off something like 'winner gets chocolate milk instead of white' or something.
It's bought them a few minutes here and there.
Gumbo Momma said:I wonder if doing it at the same time everyday will work? Both of you suggested it, so I will have to try it.
Wild Thing is like this. What kills me are the random, intentionally ridiculous question ("Mom? What if a baby was born in America but could already speak words in Japanese?") and the constant telling of something he saw/heard/read on tv/radio/youtube/comic book etc. I don't really care what Pokemon said.
I am known to say "Honey, mom needs a few minutes of quiet, OK?" and he's pretty good about respecting it. Last time I did it, I forgot about it. After about 10 minutes, he said "Mom, is that enough quiet time yet?" and when I said yes, he was off like a racehorse again. It actually made me laugh.
Oh yeah. The Dragon does this, too, though it's still more questions than stream of consciousness talking. And so far even the questions don't bug me so much as being corrected all the time.
"Mama, you mean get in the van, not the car! Daddy has the car! This is the van! Why did you say 'car?'"
"You mean Ducky's crib, not his bed. I sleep in a bed, and you and Daddy sleep in a bed. But Ducky sleeps in a crib. Why did you say 'bed?'"
(So I say, "It's just easier.")
"Why is it easier?"
etc., etc., ad nauseum.
I actually had a little talk with him this morning about how constantly correcting someone could make them not want to be around you. He said "But my mind goes crazy" when someone uses the "wrong" word. Time to start teaching relaxation techniques, I guess.