My Son is Hyperactive
My 4 year old is hyperactive and
can't sit still for a moment. He's an accident waiting to happen
and needs constant supervision. I can't take him anywhere
without worry about him getting into trouble. The last time we
went to the grocery store was horrible, he wouldn't sit in
the cart. He ran around the store, grabbing things and causing a scene.
when I tried to stop him, he had a temper tantrum, everyone
stared. It was so embarrassing. Please help!! I'm exhausted, frustrated and
at the end of my rope.
Hang in there,
parenting an overactive child can be frustrating and exhausting.
Since your goal is to help your son develop self-control and
discipline, set clear limits and be very consistent with
Let him know what to expect, and reinforce it. Before you enter a
public place, reaffirm your expectations. "We're going to the grocery store,
do you remember how to act?" Offer a choice of
consequences "If you behave in the store, you'll get a
If not, we'll go straight home." Then give him something to do
while shopping, like putting items in the cart. If he still
misbehaves in the store, calmly take his hand and walk out. Give
a second chance "you were running in the store, do you want to
try again or go home?" If he misbehaves a second time, go home.
Setting limits won't
be easy at times, just remember to
stay consistent and
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