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How to raise sensitive, persistent and energetic children?

13th March '207 views4 mins read

27 November 2020

How can you raise your energetic child?

Parenting is not an easy task.  Some kids are just more intense and persistent than average.

Parenting a child who is full of energy, enthusiasm, and determination is challenging to another level. Spirited children know what they want, have large emotions and ambitions, and have a difficult time with transitions.

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Raising a spirited child who is more sensitive, persistent, and energetic than other “easygoing” children is tough.

Energetic kids have extra batteries. They are active and involved with what'ss going on around them. Persistent kids will stick to tasks and pursue their goals without giving up.

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Important strategies to cope up with your energetic kid

1. Practice Patience

 More than any other trait, patience is the most required skill for a parent of a spirited child, and perhaps the hardest to maintain.

Take a timeout, when you’re being tested on a daily basis for the minutest of tasks. Find ways to keep your cool, take a breath, count to ten, practice just listening.

mother narrating story

Keep your patience. Every interaction will teach them something about behavior, whether it is good or bad. Sometimes removing yourself from the situation can be the best way to help your child cope.

 2. Create a Child-Friendly Environment

Having an environment where you are more likely to say “Yes” to your child can help to keep your little one calm.

Creating an environment that is inclusive, healthy, friendly, and protective will have a positive impact on children. Let them feed themselves, wear their own shoes, pick their own clothes, jump on certain sofas.

father and kid

It may be a little less Pinterest-perfect home, but it will give your child an increased sense of independence and create a more cooperative atmosphere in the house.

3. Slow Down a bit. Dont hurry!

While we may be in a hurry sometimes to stick to a timetable, rushing your high-spirited child is always going to be a losing battle.

Father-son duo watching the evening sky

They inherently need to be self-reliant and will want to accomplish tasks themselves. This will mean you need to give them the time to do things the whole way through.

4. The Concept of Do-Over

Explain to your child that mistakes can be corrected. Rather than entering into conflict mode and having a flaring temper, you can empower your child to change his behavior. “I just realized that you started to scream when I asked you to wear your shoes.

Mother helping her son out in doing homework

Let’s do a do-over and begin again. You want to think about how you will respond this time?”

5. Set Routines for your kids

 All children like to know what’s coming next. For spirited children, it is all the more important to avoid the anxiety of not knowing what is going to happen.

child cycling

Having set routines for most things that happen throughout the day will give them comfort and build a foundation for them to function better.

6. Avoid Negative Labels on your kids

Be careful about how you and others around you are describing your child. Persistence, high-energy, and sensitivity are the very traits we attribute to success in adulthood. The relationship between labeling and stigmatization is well established.

negative labeling of kids

Then why the rush to label a spirited child as “exhausting” or “stubborn” or a “crybaby”?

People like to give unsolicited advice about how to manage your so-called “difficult” child. But no one knows your child as you do, use positive language while discussing your child with teachers and relatives and they’ll see his good side too.


Conclusion

Last, but not least, to give the best care to your child, you need to take care of yourself too. Keeping pace with a high-energy child can be exhausting and find positive ways to redirect his spirit.

Energetic kid dancing

Have a support system that is able to help you take enough rest & rejuvenation so that you can give the best care to your child. Most importantly, love your child. Don't be frustrated and constantly embarrassed by his behavior.

Read up (and have your partner read as well) so that you can understand your spirited child better. Some great reference books are “Raising Your Spirited Child” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, “The Fussy Baby Book” by William and Martha Sears, “The Difficult Child” by Stanley Turecki and Leslie Tonner, and “Living with the Active Alert Child” by Linda Budd.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is hyperactive child?

Kids who are hyperactive are fidgety, restless, and easily bored. They may have trouble sitting still, or staying quiet when needed.

How do you deal with an energetic child?

High energy children can grow well and thrive when they feel fully accepted and are given positive guidance.


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