need help!

Cristina - posted on 01/05/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son 2 1/2, from the time he gets up in the morning to the very last minute before he goes to bed is a ball of energy he wont listen and time outs, taking the toys away or even in extreme cases a tap on the bum wont do anything he runs when I tell him to come, especially when he found something dangerous like a pen, he just runs, everywhere, gets chairs and climbs the tv stand or the table, he tries to get to the medicine cabinets witch are all child proof, what I'm getting to is that he wont be still for a second not even when he eats he has to be in motion, he is extremely smart and I'm hoping that this is why he is so active, maybe boredom? I spoke to his Dr. and she says he's fine for his age, that smart kids get bored easily to put him at the Montessori school here in my town, where the activities keep him busy all day. We do not have the means to put him on preschool right now. and to be honest I'm afraid to do so, for fear that he might get hurt there or hurt another child while the teacher is looking some where else for a sec. I have taken him to the ER for cuts and falls 9 times this past year, I'm always tense and super tired all the time right now, I don't know I just know that do to this I've decided to not have anymore children. I feel bad because my husband and I wanted at least two kids, but I'm afraid. Please help.

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Brooke - posted on 01/07/2011

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Sweetie, I hate to tell you this, but your doctor is right. This is the age when you cannot let them out of your sight for more than a minute or two.
As for preschool, the teachers are used to high-strung kids, if you were to let them know he is very energetic, and likes to get into stuff, then that would give them warning, but they would quickly work it out for themselves. Childcare centres are designed to have monsters- I mean kids- climbing all over the place.
I have 2 main pieces of advice for you-
1. LOTS of exercise. You would be amazed at what a long walk will do. Not only will it get the endorphins happening, but he will come home totally exhausted! And, if you have a playground in town, you could make it part of your walk, a place for him to run off any extra energy while you have a rest.

2. He needs a 'safe place'. Somewhere he cannot get out of, for those moments when you really need 5 minutes to make a phone call, or go to the toilet. He will hate it, so it really should be somewhere you can close out the noise. Is your house very big? It would be really helpful if you could clear out a whole room to be the 'toy room', that way he will enjoy going in there, and it won't be like a punishment. But even a fenced in area with toys would do.
Hope this helps.

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Brooke - posted on 01/07/2011

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Don't worry, it won't be long at all before he starts to understand that actions have consequenses, which sometimes hurt, and he should start to think things through a bit. This phase will be over before you know it!

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