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How Can I Help My Hyperactive Child?

Being a parent is the best job in the world, according to those who have kids. While it does have its downsides (ask singles who do not want to have kids), being a parent can be the most fulfilling experience you can ever have. Then again, there are also many challenges that come with being a parent.
Children are known to be an active lot, but there are those who are more active than others. What if your child is diagnosed to be hyperactive? What can you do to help your child calm down and be more “manageable”, for lack of a better word?

One of the best things that you can do is to instill structure and consistency in your lives. Hyperactive children already have enough energy and are easily distracted, and maintaining structure can only help them get in line. Establishing a routine is essential for hyperactive children. As much as possible, you must have set times for activities. For example, at 7 am, you will have breakfast together. At 7:30 am, your child will take a bath. Dinner will be at 7 pm, and bedtime at 8 pm. This schedule is just an example, of course, but you get the idea.

Now, it is crucial that you enforce the schedule and show consistency in other aspects of raising your child as well. Both parents must agree on discipline and values that are taught to the child. You cannot say one thing today and then say something contradictory the next day.

You also ought to give your child enough opportunities to expend all that energy. Do not coop your child up in the house - let him play and expose him to the outside world. You can also set aside a quiet time wherein the child can engage in calming activities such as reading and watching instructional DVDs.

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