It takes longer for children who are just learning to talk to respond to our questions. This happens because four different parts of the brain have to work together for your child to form a response to what you say. We need to be patient and wait anywhere from 5 to 12 seconds for children to respond. That feels like a long time because adults usually respond in about 2 seconds. The extra time you give children allows them the practice they need to respond more quickly over time.