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How to Encourage a Toddler to Answer Questions

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Many toddlers find it hard to answer any question that they are asked. Maybe because they never understood, or they decide to ignore it. Sometimes, it happens due to delayed language development skills. Some toddlers will answer wrongly by repeating or the last two or three words of the question rather than responding to the subject. Others will answer incorrectly by nodding their heads to yes or no in a subject that does not require such answers. The majority of them will respond by giving off-target answers, which are far from the correct answer. For instance, you may ask them their name and respond by saying 7. However, some toddlers may know the answers but choose to keep quiet.

At the age of three years, a toddler should be able to answer simple questions such as what their name is, what they eat for lunch, and who is their friend. Additionally, the child should be able to give a yes or no answer regardless of whether the answer is correct or wrong. Nevertheless, some kids will not have the ability, and as a parent, you need to work on it.

Use “What?” Questions

What is this probably is one of the fundamental questions most toddlers find easy to answer. A parent should consider asking their toddler these questions. Hold or point to the object and let them think of the answer. If they know the answer, they will automatically find confidence in saying it.

In the event the toddler has no idea, you can guide him by pointing to the object and image of a simple song that mentions the name of that object. For instance, pointing at a cat, you can sing, cat-cat, where were you? The words will stick to his head and may find him whispering the word cat.

Give Your Toddler More Choices

Giving choices for your toddler will trigger her responses. As apparent, be ready to offer choices for everything you tell them in the day. Let options be part of your conversation. Such questions should be direct and straightforward. Long questions may confuse your child, lending her to remain silent. Ask questions such as, would you like to eat or sleep? Would you like to sing or watch? Your child will find it easier to answer such formed questions.

In cases where your toddler has not developed speech, she may respond by pointing at one object against the other. For example, when asked if she wants to eat or to drink, she may look at a drink consistently, which tells you exactly what she wants. Sometimes the toddler will grab or walk towards what she chooses. With time, your toddler will be confident to answer a question and give an explanation of why she did that. She may select the drink because it is sweet or food due to its size.

Ask, “Where?” Questions

When asking such types of questions, a parent should be pretty sure your son or daughter knows the answer or the name of the object. If she knows the answer, she will point, look or walk towards the object. For instance, step on a stone and ask them where it is. Ask them familiar and common items in the homestead. Ask about the cooking gas, the table, the chair, and a ball.

Further, ask them to locate the sitting positions of their other siblings or friends in your dining room. Such practices will gradually build the verbal responses of your child.

Once they can use non-verbal communication correctly, advance the questions by giving two verbal choices for complex questions. For instance, ask them, is the phone on the table or the chair? Are you standing or sitting? Are you a girl or a boy? You can use some drawings or objects to help them answer the questions correctly.

Ask “Yes” and “No” Questions

These types of questions will see you make most of the talking, but as a parent, it is worth it. Ask direct questions that need a yes or no answer. Do you want to play with Alex? Did you remember to brush your teeth? Will you sleep now? The toddler will respond with a yes or a no.

Sometimes you can guide your toddler on making a choice when you want them to choose a yes answer, nod your head in acceptance. When the answer is a no, shake your head as you whisper the answer in her ears.

Turn your statements into questions.

When you are with your child, avoid asking a lot of questions and, instead, comment on what you are doing. Say you are cooking, you are eating. When walking, make the statement clear, we are walking to the Park. Park is very beautiful and so on. Make a repetition of those words. By so doing, you are feeding your child with a lot of content. The next time when you ask her where the two of you are going, she will confidently say to the Park.

Make interesting statements about your toddler to get her attraction; you have a beautiful smile; your shoes are smart; your hair is gorgeous. She will be carried away by those words, and whenever you try to talk about her air again, she will answer it is beautiful.


Being unable to answer a question is a challenge facing many toddlers. However, the parents have to guide their children on the way to answer the questions. A child being able to answer questions is not something you achieve over the night; practice is needed further to make the answers right. As a parent, you identify the weaknesses of a child and therefore choose the best approach towards its overcoming.

Being able to answer questions is a dream of every parent towards her kids. Therefore, necessary measures need to be taken if these achievements are to be realized.

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