Increase structure and find peace

Usually from 18 months to 2 years, you will notice if you have a hyperactive child. This is something that can certainly alter the vibe of any household. If you have other children, it can send things even more awry. How do you handle this?

There are different ways to calm your child down as well as keep her more grounded. So don't get stressed... get smart! Here are eight easy ways that will help relieve the situation and add more structure to your child’s life.

Set a schedule

Let your child know that the home is not a free-for-all. Make a schedule for play time, reading time, etc. A schedule will help add structure to a hyperactive child’s life.

The power of no

Many people say you should not say "no" to children. I think it's necessary. Your child will think twice about running around and acting unruly if she knows you will not approve and will voice it to her in private and public.

Avoid sugar

Regulate your child’s sugar intake. Sweets are not a good thing in a hyperactive child’s life. Less sugar equals a more relaxed child.

Reduce noise levels

Keep the noise levels down in your household. A serene atmosphere will set the right tone.

Keep busy

Have him learn a new skill like playing the piano or swimming. This will keep him busy as well as help burn off some of that extra energy.

Serve calming beverages

Serve your child calming and healthy beverages like chamomile iced tea. This tastes great and hopefully will keep her a bit calmer.

Talk with the teacher

Let your child’s teacher know that he is hyperactive (if they're not aware already). Ask the teacher to be in communication with you about what your child eats and how he interacts with other children.

One-on-one play dates

For a while, try to keep the play dates to one-on-one. Hyperactive children can fight and grab sometimes. With just two kids, you can supervise your hyperactive child better.

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Comments on "Keeping your hyperactive child calm"

Emma July 26, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Hyperactive or not, most kids thrive on a schedule. They feel a sense of control knowing what is coming next and can help in their sense of self and independence. Also, what young child needs a ton of sugar or drinks that could cause hyperactivity?! It is just never necessary!

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