Since most young children
can only take in small bits of information at
any one time, they won't learn all they need to
know about a particular topic from a single
discussion. That's why it's important to let a
little time pass, then ask the child to tell you
what she remembers about your conversation. This
will help you correct any misconceptions and
fill in missing facts.
Finally, in an effort to absorb all they
want to know, children often ask questions again
and again over time -- which can test any
parent's nerves. But such repetition is
perfectly normal, so be prepared and tolerant.
Don't be afraid to initiate discussions
repeatedly, either. Patience and persistence
will serve you and your child well.