Question: My child has high energy and never seems to calm down. What can I do? Answer: First a few questions:
1. How much physical exercise does your child get?
2. How much mental stimulation does your child get?
3. How often did you physically do something with your child?
Every child is different. Some children need extra energy outlets and some children don't. My suggestion is to get your child involved in a martial arts school or some sort of sports program involving running. If that doesn’t work, have them watch Kung Fu Panda, then talk to them about getting stronger and faster like the animals. Have them do basic animal exercises for example: having them walk like a bear, jump like a monkey, leap like a frog, walk on their hands and feet upside down like a crab, squat walk like a duck, and so on. Body weight exercises using the entire body including the muscular, respiratory and circulatory system typically tend to tire out a child more. Sometimes just giving the children books to read would stimulate the child's brain, but many times it's using the body and mind together that finally get these children focused. Have them read while duck walking. Try doing math while bear walking. Have your child use their bodies the way they were designed. Setting up their play environments can also keep a child occupied in a positive manner. If your child has only one outlet for energy in their room, then that limits them. Give your child three of four different things that they may do at any given time. Maybe create different sections or corners in their room. The first should be a physical section. Put a tall mirror and a soft exercise mat there. They can practice body movement and exercising there. For older kids, maybe set up a Wii Fit. The second area should stimulate the brain. Have a comfortable chair or beanbag that they can sit and read in quietly or work on puzzles and games. The third section should be the computer or music section. Every child needs to learn how to use a computer with a mouse. You can get games ranging from educational, creative, strategic, artistic or just plain fun. Or just to listen to music. The fourth section should be their bed where they can just lay down and rest or meditate. Have chairs available for them to invite their friends to join them to improve social skills. Allow the child to be able to go from one section to the other freely. Let your child add to the creativity process by inputting what they want in each section depending on their age.
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