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Out of Control Child

Dear Sara,

My three-year-old son is really hyperactive. He doesn’t walk, he runs. He will climb anything. He goes from one thing to the next to see what is going on. I am having trouble keeping up with him. If he takes much of a nap, he doesn’t want to go to bed at night. What’s the best way to deal with a child like this?


Dear Clair,

You sure do have your hands full. The first thing you need to deal with is your son’s safety. If you haven’t done it already, you need to have a baby proof room. This needs to be close enough that he can see you. You can put gates on the doors and take anything out that he could use to climb or otherwise get hurt on. At least you won’t have to chase him all over the house.

He needs to burn off some of that energy. You could take him for a walk every day but don’t push him in a stroller. If he won’t hold your hand you might need a harness. Your first concern is to keep him safe. If there is a park nearby maybe it will have a place for your son to climb.

When you need for him to calm down, sit with him and read to him. Not only will this help him to be calm, it could give him a love of books. If you play with him, try to see if you can get him to focus on one thing for a while. Kids often grow out of this stage so try to be patient.

Good luck.