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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? The Real Reason Why Kids Don't Listen

11/02/2011 05:51 pm ET | Updated Jan 02, 2012

I've been wondering lately if I might be fluent in Swahili. Despite lackluster grades in high school French, two less-than-stellar semesters of college German and a four-word Spanish vocabulary, I have the feeling when I'm asking my son to do something that I'm speaking a foreign language.

I can't remember struggling to communicate before I became a parent, but it now happens all the time. It's starting to make me a little nutty.

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