Jump to content

Teaching young ones address phone number
Met with CHN and told they should know it by now!


  • Please log in to reply
37 replies to this topic

#1 mmuc83

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

Hello!

I had a meeting with my CHN and she asked whether my DS2 who is 3 knew his name, where he lived and phone number?

I said he know his name, but not the rest.

She then asked about my DS1 who is 5.. i said he knows his age, half of our address and doesn't know phone number.....

she then said that i must teach them this asap esp my DS2......

so... at what age should they know this stuff?  Any recommendations on how to teach it to them??

Thanks!

#2 Bob-the-skull

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:57 AM

QUOTE (mmuc83 @ 24/01/2013, 12:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello!

I had a meeting with my CHN and she asked whether my DS2 who is 3 knew his name, where he lived and phone number?

I said he know his name, but not the rest.

She then asked about my DS1 who is 5.. i said he knows his age, half of our address and doesn't know phone number.....

she then said that i must teach them this asap esp my DS2......

so... at what age should they know this stuff?  Any recommendations on how to teach it to them??

Thanks!


neither of my boys know their address... but they have also moved twice in the last 12 mths so i don't really care.

We don't have a home phone and neither of them know my mobile number. they have never been in a situation to need it, if we are out somewhere big such as a show i write it on their arm/bag etc so if they get lost someone can call me.

But yes it is delayed to not know it apparently, DS1 was marked as delayed in that area on his ASD testing because he has no idea.

#3 i-candi

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

Not sure about when they should know but a goods way to teach them your home number is to give them your mobile and let them ring, hang up, ring, hang up ... It's fun for them but annoying for you.

I think teaching mobile numbers is more important so ring from home line to mobile again and again and again lol

#4 JustBeige

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:00 PM

I think mine were about 5 before they could remember it all.

DS still does the address backwards - suburbs first, then street address. It was easier to leave this then try and force him to remember it the 'correct' way.    It still gets the job done if he has to tell anyone the address.


How - we just used to make a game out of it when we were driving in the car, by doing the "If mummy was lost and a policeman asked what is your name; where do you live; what is mummys phone number...." and once they 'knew' it we would occasionally ask them to reinforce it.   But this was between 5 - 9.


I think the CHN is a bit off with the fairies if she thinks (generally) a child of 3 is going to remember this and remember it correctly each and every time.

#5 babybeli

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:02 PM

My kids don't know our phone number but do know our full address and what number to call in an emergency ie 000 and to tell them why they are calling and where they are.

#6 mmuc83

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

QUOTE (JustBeige @ 24/01/2013, 01:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the CHN is a bit off with the fairies if she thinks (generally) a child of 3 is going to remember this and remember it correctly each and every time.


That's what i thought.. but just thought i would check...

i'm glad that 5 seems to be a good age to start...

i-candi that would drive me insane - but i get the logic!

#7 MinkyMonkey

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

DD knows name and address since just before she turned three. It wasn't really intentional she just asked where we live when I was pointing out countries on the globe. She got it by that afternoon and loves to tell everyone rolleyes.gif . She knows her grandparents addresss too.

Maybe you could start by telling them and writing it on the fridge and reenforcing it every time you return home eg. "We are home at xxx address"

ETA I agree with PP that phone numbers are probably more important, haven't even tried to teach DD that but I doubt she would remember a random 10 number sequence at three.

Edited by MinkyMonkey, 24 January 2013 - 12:07 PM.


#8 wannabe30

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:04 PM

My DS is two and is starting to learn his, but you have to ask the right questions. Ask where he lives and he'll tell you the street name and suburb, ask him what number is on his house and he'll tell you, but say "what's your address" and he has no clue.

Same with his name - you have to ask "who are you" not "what's your name".

And that's without mentioning the whole confidence issue of actually being willing to talk to a stranger (like the CHN) anyway.

However I'm confident that by the time he's five he'll be able to get it all right.

#9 BronR

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

Part of DS's "homework" in year 1 was to learn his phone number. He already knew it, probably from the age of 4 1/2 or 5. He knows both my mobile and our home number. He knew our address from maybe 3 1/2?

DD starts school this year. She knows our address but not phone number. She is not so good at remembering things whereas DS remembers this type of stuff easily.


#10 Poss and Soss

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:11 PM

DS nearly 5 knows his full name our address and 3/4 of DH mobile number laugh.gif


#11 VeritasVinum

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

yes my kids all failed that MCHN part of that test. I also pointed out that I had never mentioned either to my kids before so no reason they should know it.

Around 5 they get our address.

My mobile i have not taught them  the number, but they all know to take off their shoe and ask someone to call their mummy if they are lost (Their shoes have their name and my number in it). Worked a bit too well. When DS1 at 6 forgot his lunch and the teacher said they would have to get my number from the office, DS1 whipped off his school shoe and provided the number that way.

DS2 at 3.5yrs was borderline on being mentally delayed on the MCHN test. He is actually very smart. His receptive language and understanding went from bottom 25% to top 90% in an 8m period when he finally started hearing properly.

Edited by lsolaBella, 24 January 2013 - 12:23 PM.


#12 Sif

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

My four year old knows our house number and that is it. I honestly wouldn't expect him to know as it holds no particular interest for him and isn't something he talks about or is asked about.

That said, he can recite entire episodes of Doctor Who and Thomas the Tank Engine because those things interest him greatly.

Knowing your phone number and address is not as relevant in this day and age as it was back before mobile phones and the internet where information on a lost child can almost immediately be communicated to the police and or mass media.

#13 ComradeBob

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:25 PM

QUOTE (JustBeige @ 24/01/2013, 01:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the CHN is a bit off with the fairies if she thinks (generally) a child of 3 is going to remember this and remember it correctly each and every time.

Yes, me too. DD 5  does not know our phone number (mainly because, which of the three mobiles, two office numbers and a home number do I give?) But she does know our address, and where I work.

#14 FeralGiggelosaurus

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

My DD knows our address, my full name and DHs full name.....no idea on phone numbers though.
( she has a great memory though....)

DD is 2.5

#15 mmuc83

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:30 PM

ok - feeling a little better now and not such a failure as we sometimes feel after these appointments!

#16 Sassy Dingo

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:30 PM

I have memories of being 'tested' on this by my year one teacher. We had to say our full names, date of birth, address and telephone number. So we were expected to know by 5 years old.

I still remember getting cranky as I could tell people my birthday was the last day of July, but not the actual date and not getting full marks for it original.gif



#17 JustMum08

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

My DS is 5 in a month. He learnt my old address and to call 000 and who to ask for etc about mid last year. He has forgotten since we moved though so I may need to re teach him

#18 jobo77

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

My DD (4 in April) wouldnt know. I have tried to teach her our address but I just asked her where we live and she said "at home" original.gif
On a side note, what is this MCHN test that has been mentioned? I dont see a health nurse just our GP - is that something that happens when she has her 4 year needle?

#19 Littleone84

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

When i was in kindergarten, i remember our teacher calling up to her desk one at a time and having to recite our name, address and phone number.

Once we got it all correct she would give us a merit award. My mum still has it in my memory box at home.


#20 Carmen02

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

wow by 3? my DS was barely talking by then!! We have moved a few times but my 10yr old knows the address (its a hard one to spell!! most adults dont know how to spell it lol) my 8yr old doesnt but he has alot of speech delays and all that. We dont have a home phone but DD is learning my mobile

#21 mmuc83

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE (jobo77 @ 24/01/2013, 01:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My DD (4 in April) wouldnt know. I have tried to teach her our address but I just asked her where we live and she said "at home" original.gif
On a side note, what is this MCHN test that has been mentioned? I dont see a health nurse just our GP - is that something that happens when she has her 4 year needle?


I went for a 3 year old check that we do here in WA - it is not compulsory - but she checked the following:

height
weight
whether he could recognise body parts
whether he could draw a face and put in all the appropriate parts e.g. eyes, ears, nose
hopping, one foot, both feet
jumping, one foot both feet
curvature of the spine
speech
sentence structure


#22 mollybot

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

Quicker to get an RFID chip implanted, then you can just track the little buggers using GPS....

#23 jules77

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

My 3 yr old actually knows our address and phone number and our nearest cross street. He also knows where the police station is.

We do lots of walking though and he showed interest in street names so I figured I may as well use this to my advantage and taught him our address.

We made up a catchy way to recite our phone number.

I do like the phone number in the shoe idea... Very clever!!

Edited by jules77, 24 January 2013 - 12:50 PM.


#24 schoolmum

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

I just want to say well done and thank you for all of you teaching your children that information.
For those who's little ones are not quite there yet, please don't stress,  working at a primary school I have come across many a 5-7 year old who don't know what their last name is (no special needs, just no one has bothered to teach them).

#25 ElevenYears

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

It's way OTT and I would have laughed a little bit at her.  They only know it if you go to the specific effort of teaching them, and it's so far from what the average three year old needs to know and so much less interesting than many other things you could teach using the same time that I'm not sure why you'd bother.

Having said that, my three year old can tell people her address, but only because she learned it after I was discussing it with her older brother.  Neither of them know our phone number, but neither of them need to yet.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

What you need to know about ovulation tests

Most people who are trying to get pregnant know that the best time to conceive is in the few days after ovulation.

Surviving a miscarriage at sea

A cruise with your family is among the most absurd settings for a miscarriage, but it is certainly not the worst.

Mum of three denied tubal ligation because she's 'too young'

A 22-year-old woman who is pregnant with her third child has had her requests for a tubal ligation denied because doctors believe she is too young.

Slapped cheek syndrome a danger for pregnant women

When a pregnant woman is infected, the likelihood that her foetus will be infected is about 50 per cent.

The signs and symptoms of ovulation

If you're hoping to conceive, one of the most important things you need to know about is ovulation.

We all know 'mum guilt' - but what about 'dad guilt'?

I remember the first time I felt mum guilt, within days of having my first child. The feeling was so intense I rang my own mum to debrief, hoping she'd tell me I wouldn't feel this way very often.

Kristen Bell urges mums to be their own superhero

When it comes to motherhood, actress Kristen Bell is her own superhero and she thinks other mums should be too.

Pram review: GB Pockit travel stroller

In a world of ever-shrinking gadgets, it's no surprise prams are getting smaller. We put the record-holding GB Pockit through its paces.

The beautiful Bombol Bouncer is back

The gorgeous Bombol Bouncer is back - and boasts two chic new colours to boot.

Gadgets and accessories for wine lovers

Looking for a gift for the wine lover in your life - or just something for yourself?

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

The adventure doesn't have to stop: here's how to travel with baby

The best part about our outdoor adventures? It makes my husband and I better parents, since we're happier while adventuring.

Woman crashes car to save mum and baby's life

A good samaritan saved a mother and baby from being seriously injured by crashing her own car into theirs.

Should you tell your boss about your postnatal depression?

Returning to work after having a baby can be daunting, and when you're experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety it can seem even more overwhelming.

TV noise can slow toddler word learning, study finds

Background noise from the radio or TV might be making it harder for your toddler to learn learn new words.

Teresa Palmer on her molar pregnancy and 'unsexy' conception

Teresa Palmer is basking in pregnancy glow as she awaits the arrival of her new baby.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show - Sydney

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores, will be held in Sydney on 23-25 September. Register for your free ticket now to save $20!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.