My 4 year old is driving me nuts!

Renay - posted on 04/14/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Holy cow! Ok so my son is 4 years old, I am a stay at home mom while my partner works durning the day. My son is literally driving me to crazy. He isn't listening to anything I ask him to do or not to do. He does the exact opposite of everything I say or just ignores me. He isn't a "problem child" but he wakes up with a ton of energy and I swear the energy level is sky high all day until he goes to sleep. He doesn't consume much sugar and only drinks water. I try to keep him busy with arts and crafts, reading writing and games but nothing's helps. I don't know if it is just a phase he is going through but not even discipline seems to stop him from acting out.. It's weird because when he is alone with my partner he rarely ever acts out... What am I doing wrong? He starts transitional kindergarten in September ( because he isn't old enough for kindergarten) I am afraid it will interfere with his school but I need a break!!! Does anybody have this same issue?

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Gena - posted on 04/14/2015

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Oh and if you can put a mattress half leaning on a bed its even better. He will climb it,jump down etc.

Gena - posted on 04/14/2015

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I agree with Dove,your child needs to get the energy out..even if its jumping on the bed lol. I have a four year old and also stay at home mom. We get these parenting magazines every 3 months for free from the government and I once read something real helpful. If the weather is bad or you can't go outside to let the child get rid of that energy, you can take a mattress and put it somewhere on the ground. I did that in winter when we were done in the snow. My son would jump on the mattress,run and fall on it...you name it! I can really recommend putting a mattress out for him to play on!

Chana - posted on 04/14/2015

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I just think that it is an age thing. There just comes a point when I think they have more energy than they know what to do with so they act out. I hesitated using those words but that is the best way I know to describe what they do. You are right they aren't a "problem child" they just have too much energy. I have noticed this with my 4 year old daughter and she doesn't stop until about 6:45 pm which just happens to bath time for the girls, then it is snack, brush teeth and bed. She falls quickly and usually sleeps about 11 hours so I can't complain. I have also resorted to letting her jump on the bed(LOL) only because we live in PA and the weather is just starting to get nice. You aren't doing anything wrong and it is normal for a kid to be better for the parent that they don't see all day. My husband can get both the girls to do anything for him once he comes home and it doesn't matter what it is. Just give him an outlet for the energy and be patient and consistent. I like to refer to my oldest as my Little Energizer Bunny!

Dove - posted on 04/14/2015

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How much time does he spend running around outside? He NEEDS a physical outlet for his energy. My son is 7 now and uses his bed as a trampoline... lol I do not want him to break it, but when I can not convince him to go outside (neighborhood kids are brats that he wants to avoid) he NEEDS to get out that energy somehow and jumping on his bed is the least destructive indoor activity i have found for him. lol

I'm not saying let him jump on his bed, but I'm using that as an example that he needs to be spending a lot of time running around and playing or your issues w/ him will never even start to improve.

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