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Anxiety in children

Sun, Jul 1st 2007

My son is 4 years old and has always asked an inordinate amount of questions. Within the past 3 to 4 months, the number of questions has increased to the point that being around him is draining. Sometimes, he asks kneejerk \"why\" questions after everything I say. Sometimes he asks good, insightful questions and other times he asks questions about things we\'ve discussed and I know he already knows the answer. I\'m undecided as to whether the constant questions are attention-seeking, whether it\'s anxiety-related or whether he simply doesn\'t know how to interact with us. I tell him that I\'d like him to tell me things without asking me questions - but it\'s futile. We instituted a point system where he can earn points for positive behaviors and lose points for asking questions \"just to ask them\" but it doesn\'t seem to work. The questions are so rapid-fire that sometimes in the car, I have to put a ban on talking. He\'s very articulate and my husband has speculated that he\'s not sufficiently challenged but it seems to me if that were the case, he\'d only be asking \"insightful\" questions. Any thoughts?

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