Feb 12

Managing Your High-Energy Kid

Kids are naturally full of go-go-go at this age. Keep your child happily occupied with these insider tips.

Although this zest for life can be infectious, it’s also important to help your child learn how to switch gears when it’s time to eat or take a nap. So, how can you calm them while still encouraging their curiosity and imagination?

Plan Lots of “Up” Time

The easiest way to keep your bundle of energy from whirling out of control is to organise activities that get them on their feet and moving regularly throughout the day. In fact, experts suggest that pre-schoolers should never be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when they’re sleeping.

Engage Their Busy Brains

Pre-schoolers can also benefit from fine motor activities like using kids’ scissors or working on a wooden puzzle. These quieter activities can be “alone” time too, something parents should encourage. If they can learn to entertain themselves, they’ll also be better able to calm down when you need them to.

In places where your little one simply has no choice but to sit still, like in the car or at the dentist, engage their creative energy. Take along a book or try a game of “I spy” to keep them from getting squirmy.

Schedule Downtime

Being overtired can actually cause kids to ratchet up their activity level. Many pre-schoolers get a burst of energy before bed, right before they realise they’re sleepy. Aim to get your child to bed no later than 9 p.m., with at least 30 minutes of wind-down time built in. A calm bedtime routine will help them sleep longer and more soundly. The result: more manageable energy levels the next day.

Article written by Amanda First, and can be found on Parents.com

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