Is it normal for a 6yo to jump around at all times?

Rebecca - posted on 10/20/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )




He's my kids' cousin and he jumps around. We all live in the same house, and the older kids, ages 12, 9, and sometimes our 8yo comes over. They all get mad at him and start screaming....? He likes jumping on sofas, couches, and runs around the house. When he runs, he puts his head FIRST before the rest of his body then jumps on the sofa as hard as he can, making noises. He and my 9yo play together sometimes, and he seems to be very active. Such as swinging toy swords, and sometimes he stomps so hard that I'm afraid that our renters will complain. You can hear his voice all the way down the street, and outside the house!


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Chet - posted on 10/21/2014




I'd say that yes. It is normal for some six year olds to have a huge amount of energy, to be quite loud and to jump around a lot. A generation or two ago this was why many kids spent hours and hours outside every day. We know a number of homeschoolers, and for some of them, part of the reason they homeschool is because traditional schooling and the schedule that goes with it would restrict their child's physical activity too severely.

We're fortunate to live in a fairly large house with a backyard. Our kids are allowed to behave this way, but it's restricted to particular areas. You need to strike a balance between respect that amount of energy a child has and teaching the child to respect other people, physical property, etc. There was a time when we had two couches, one the kids could jump on all they wanted and one in the living room that was absolutely not for jumping.

It's fair to consider his diet. A lot of sugar, caffeine, refined carbohydrates, dyes, etc can definitely cause problems. If he's not having problems at school though, it's more likely that this is just about needing an outlet for pent up energy.

The - posted on 10/21/2014




1. What does your cousin say about their child's behavior?
2. What is your cousin's rules concerning their child's behavior?
3. Is the child acting out due to being ignored and not getting the attention it wants?
4. How much sugar is in the child's diet?
5. How much soda is the child drinking?
6. How much caffeine is i the child's diet?
7. How much processed and refined foods is in the child's diet?
8. How much food has BHT, monosodium glutamate, nutrasweet/equal or artificial sweetners, color additives and other unnatural substances in their diet?
9. How many real unprocessed foods are in their diet?
10. How much starch is in the child's diet?

If you eliminate the food items above and the child is still acting as such and has no issues of attention and care from his parents and I do mean both parents. If he has not seen his parents fighting to where there was violence then your cousin may want to start working on insuring he has some outdoor exercise to wear him out that will help him such as have the kids do relay races in the yard. Tumble relays, Cartwheel relays etc.
Children who are kept in from exerting their energy will feel trapped and act out at times.

If that does not work then your cousin might want to consider telling the child's pediatrician and all that has been done to see if there is another cause.

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