Are preschoolers slower than sloths when you want them to do something quickly? It might just be my boys – but I swear – the day they turned 3, someone turned their dials to dawdle.
Don’t get me wrong, my kids have a crazy amount of energy and are constantly in motion. The thing is, there are certain things they do very quickly and certain things that take f-o-r-e-v-e-r!
My boys can dismantle their room quickly, they learn quickly, and they can manage to find whatever it is in the house that I don’t want them to touch — you guessed it, quickly.
Things they take their time with
However, they eat slowly – which isn’t such a bad thing – but dinner time seems to drag on for so long sometimes.
Getting dressed takes awhile, but I’ve learned that if I remind N. that firemen get dressed very fast — he kicks it into high gear. However, A. isn’t motivated to move any faster than he wants to.
As we get ready to leave the house – even if it’s to do something really fun for them – they dilly-dally like you wouldn’t believe. Once we are all set and heading out the door; that’s when they decide they need something (like a book or favorite toy) that they have forgotten.
If we are crossing the street and there aren’t any cars waiting – they do it quickly. When there are cars waiting for us to cross – they are oh so slow!
Why is this?
I ponder this question quite often and all I can come up with is, they are young and easily distracted. They don’t really seem to have any sense of urgency — unless of course it’s something they want right now!
I have heard a rumor that this gets better as they turn 4 and even more so at 5. I really hope so.
Do your kids dilly-dally like this? When did they start to grow out of it?