Still going after a long day?
Is your toddler bouncing off the walls all day long? Does he run for an hour after a soccer ball and then come home and run circles in your living room? Being full of energy is not the same as being hyper although the signs are similar enough to confuse you.
1Talk to your doctor if you suspect your child might be suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Kids with lots of energy could be just naturally hyper, or they could be showing signs of a more serious problem. Ruling out a deeper issue could help you understand the problem better and get some guidance on how to deal with it.
2Find the differences between "hyper" and "full of energy." A hyper child will be always moving even when tired. If he doesn't feel like running anymore, he might sit down on the couch only to fidget nonstop or start a never-ending chat with you or anybody who will listen. On the other hand, kids who are full of energy usually get tired at some point, and then they just settle down.
3Sit down for quiet time with your child and see how long he can stand being in the same place. Hyper kids have trouble enjoying quiet activities such as looking through picture books, coloring or playing with building blocks. They would much rather climb a tree or run around the kitchen table.
4Try to start a conversation that requires interaction for more than a few seconds. Is your toddler listening? Hyper kids often have trouble keeping up with a conversation either because they need to move and go do something else or because they have trouble concentrating and listening to what you're saying. Does he talk nonstop and then ignore your answers -- only to ask the same thing again a minute later? These could all be signs of inattention, which are often connected to being hyper.
- On the average, a child's attention span is equal to his age in minutes. Keep that in mind.