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5 Super Ways to Handle an Overactive Kid

Parenting is no easy game, and things are sure to be even difficult for you if you have a kid who seems to be bursting with energy all the time! Handling an overactive kid can be difficult, but if you’re a mom who can relate, here’s a little something to help you out!

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5 Super Ways to Handle an Overactive Kid

Follow these 5 super tricks to make things easier!

Break it Down

If complex instructions leave your little one all distracted and unable to handle things, breaking it down into small chunks can help. Help them put all their attention and focus into just one thing at a time, instead of multitasking and doing a million things together. This will help your child understand the importance and benefits of staying grounded and centred.

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Encourage Reading

Instead of reading out a bedtime story to your kid, make it a routine for the both of you to read together. Allow them to listen to you read sometimes, and make them read it out sometimes. This will encourage them to stay focused, and try covering different stories and subjects to keep them interested. Reading can help improve your child’s vocabulary and again, is a nice way to keep them more centred!

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Provide New Outlets

With so much energy bottled up and stored, your little one obviously needs an outlet, and if that’s the case, try to keep it a healthy one. Get them to try different sports or physical activities such as swimming, football, basketball etc. They will not just aid their growth and development, but also tire them out (in a good way of course!).

Avoid Large Gatherings

Getting your overactive kid into large gatherings often can make their behaviour reach its peak! Try to avoid getting them into churches, markets, and other formal gatherings as much as possible until you both work on various ways to help them stay calm and grounded.

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5 Super Ways to Handle an Overactive Kid

Reward the Right Behaviour

Try to use positive reinforcement as much as possible and make sure you reward your little one for doing the right things in a calm way, especially if they are able to do it correctly the first time without your assistance.

How do you handle an overactive kid?

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. My whole family consists of overactive kids, but I never saw it as a bad thing. I find most k7ids nowadays are under active. These tips are awesome for dealing with all that fun and energy.

  2. Great strategies to help deal with overactive kids! Reading is a wonderful way to help them focus and settle down.


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