Curious to know others opinions of their 4-5 yr old's listening skills. To be clear - I am not talking about hearing, but listening!
DS1 is 5 next month and I have noticed he is becoming increasingly rubbish at listening. I feel like I nag him constantly and he is either so engulfed in whatever activity he is doing or distracted that I have to ask him quite firmly (to do tasks etc), often 2 or 3 times.
I say listening, rather than hearing, because if I mention the word icecream under my breath from half way across the house he is all ears, lol. I am confident there is no hearing problem, more a distraction problem.
I have never had a 5 year old so I really don't know what's normal 5 year old behaviour. He's a really bright kid with lots of friends and doesn't have trouble concentrating on things he is interested in. He does have a new baby brother which is most likely affecting his behaviour to an extent (attention seeking etc) but I am not sure if there is anything else I can do to improve his listening skills in particular (prep next year...!!).
I worry especially because he is quite smart he will get bored at prep, and be even less inclined to listen.. Etc.
Advice or stories welcome!