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What is the attention span of a 2 year old girl vs. the attention span of a 2 year old boy

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Hello Leigh,
I'm not aware of any research that differentiates the attention spans of boys versus girls in the toddler stages of development.
However, in many cognitive tasks in early childhood, girls seem somewhat more advanced over boys. And boys, often (perhaps because of socialization) may be less able to focus as long as girls on certain tasks. And, of course, there is some evidence to suggest that boys are more likely to experience attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
All of that being said, two-year-olds in general have a fairly short attention span. Many children around the age of two can only focus for a few seconds or a few minutes on any topic or task. By reading them stories and engaging in joint attention activities, parents can help expand the ability to attend.
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James Windell

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I can answer questions related to normal child development, disturbed behavior and how to provide appropriate guidance and discipline.

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I've been a clinical psychologist in a juvenile court, worked in school settings, been a child psychotherapist in a private psychiatric clinic and consulted with schools, courts, hospitals and daycare centers.

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American Psychological Association
Michigan Psychological Association

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I have been a columnist with the Oakland Press (Oakland County, MI) for 21 years writing a weekly column called Coping With Kids, which is also published weekly in the Staten Island Advance. I have been a mental health columnist with the Detroit Free Press and a columnist for Working Mother Magazine. In addition, I have published articles in professional journals. I have published 16 books, among them are "8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child" (IDG Books), "Discipline: A Sourcebook of 50 Failsafe Techniques for Parents" (IDG Books); "Children Who Say No When You Want Them to Say Yes" (IDG Books), "What You Need to Know About Ritalin" (Bantam Books) "6 Steps to an Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers" (John Wiley & Sons), "The Fatherstyle Advantage" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) and "Defusing High Conflict Divorce" (Impact Publishers). My latest parenting book (2012) is "The Everything Child Psychology and Development Book." Articles about my work with parents has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Sun Times, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. My website at Jimwindell.com includes more information about me, my books and includes many columns I've written.

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B.A. in Psychology from Wayne State University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Oakland University

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Best Educational Program by Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (National award for the development of a parent training program for parents of delinquent teenagers. Beth Clark Service Award from the Michigan Psychological Association.

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