Children with lots of energy can be difficult to deal with. This is especially true in if you take them into public places where they are expected to be well behaved and quiet. While you may avoid taking them into “quiet” places, there often comes a time when just cannot help it. The following are tips that can help you manage overly energetic children while in public places.
Realize that energy is a part of the lives of children. Children naturally have more energy than adults. Make sure that you aren’t over reacting when it comes to their energy levels.
Plan for the trip. If your children are out of control when they go into public, you will have to take matters into your own hands. Provide them with ample opportunity to get rid of their energy beforehand. Consider letting them play outside for an hour or so before you leave for the trip. Running, jumping, and playing will help get rid of some of the energy. This will help over energetic children be able to focus more and provide for a positive experience in public.
Make sure your child knows the rules. While it is okay to be full of energy, there are times when your child will need to be calm. Talk to your child. Explain to him the importance of being quiet and civilized while in public. Set guidelines for your children to follow. Make sure there are consequences for misbehavior.
Prepare things that will keep their interest while they are expected to remain quiet. To help with the energy levels, plan quiet activities for your child to take part in Activities such as crossword puzzles, coloring books, and video games can help hold your child’s interest in public places. Being prepared is key to helping your children remain calm when they need to.
Avoid caffeine. Caffeine can add to the energy levels of children causing even more problems. How much caffeine do your children drink? If they are consuming a large amount of caffeine, you have likely found your culprit to the high energy levels. Consider cutting back on the caffeine on the days you have to be in public.
Cut out the sugar. Just as caffeine can have a negative impact on energy levels, so can sugar. Candy, cookies, and cake can bring the energy levels of your children way up. Limit the amount of sugar your children have daily and watch the energy level decrease.
Teach your child manners. You can take steps to control their energy levels while they are younger, but ultimately it will be the responsibility of your children to handle their own behaviors. Teach your child the proper manners for being in public such as not talking loudly and interfering with other people.
Model the proper behaviors. How do you act in public? Are your energy levels way up when you are around other people? Beware that children will model the behavior of their parents. Be sure that you are being respectful in public. The way you act will influence your children. Make sure you are being a positive influence.
Give rewards. For the times that your children do behave in public and keep their energy level under control, be sure to praise them. Give them a reward such as a trip to McDonalds or some other small gesture that will let them know that you are proud of them.
Stay on top of the problem. If you are serious about containing your child’s energy levels, it will be a constant battle. You won’t be able to pick and choose times to keep the energy levels contained in public and allow him to act freely at others time. Be consistent with discipline and the expectations that you have for your kids.
If you are a parent with overly energetic children, you are not alone. Use the tips above to help you during those times when you need to contain the energy of your children. Discover ways to help your child and public places will be more pleasant for everyone.
Marina is SAHM and co-owner of Matryoshka Nesting Doll store.