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How to Deal With Hyperactive Children

Raising children is one of the most beautiful joys in life even though it is also one of the most difficult tasks that require financial safety, assuming responsibilities and so on. But children can be quite a hassle, especially if they’re hyperactive. Parents must better understand what hyperactivity is and how to deal with it in order to help their children. You must remember that you’re not the only one dealing with a hyperactive kid, his teachers or babysitter must as well, so handling the situation at home will reduce problems.

Running after your hyperactive kid all day will consume a lot of time and energy, and children like these have a greater need for attention than others. That is why, in order to reduce your household chores, you could invest in appliances, like a dishwasher or washing machine. Having, say, a dishwasher will allow you to invest more time in dealing with your children and offer them the attention they need so much. In what follows we’ll give you a few tips on how to deal with hyperactive children, but the best advice is to consult a child psychiatrist or psychologist for a more informed opinion.

One of the most important things you have to do is set clear rules and boundaries for your children, but for the entire family as well. If the afflicted child sees the rest of the family respecting the rules, he/she will too. Being flexible with your rules will only make the children lose confidence in you and believe they can manipulate you to their advantage. If the rule says no sweets before dinner then refuse them the sweets even though you feel sorry for them, otherwise things will get out of control and you won’t be able to enforce your authority in more serious situations. It is also important for the parents to spend as much time with hyperactive children, and to try to instill in them the same calm attitude they are showing. In order for this to be done in a natural manner, choose various activities that will keep the kids interested without exciting them too much or getting them agitated. For example, mothers can bond with their daughters by trying on various Easter nail designs, such as trying to paint the nails like Easter eggs or bunnies. Painting Easter nail designs may seem like a ridiculous activity, but small girls will love it, especially since they are allowed to paint their nails.

Routine is especially important for hyperactive children because the lack of it will confuse and tire them uselessly. This is the same situation as with the rules. The routine must be respected at all times, to induce a feeling of control and stability in the child. When it’s time for homework, make them do homework, and when it is bedtime, make them go to bed invariably, with no exceptions. Spontaneity should be avoided with hyperactive children, but you can offer them a limited amount of free time each day, no more than one hour, even less if they are not supervised. Organized exercising can also be helpful for hyperactivity, giving children the opportunity to consume some of that energy.


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