Toddlers are famous for their high energy levels, and it's a common stereotype that boys are even more active than girls. Whether that's universally true or not, there are certainly a lot of moms in Circle of Moms communities who are wondering how to contain their tiny whirlwind boys. As the mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old climber/runner/jumper/screamer myself, I say: Don't try to contain him; just keep him safe and conserve your energy.
Jen is the mom of a toddler boy who she says seems overly active. She wonders why other kids stay focused during story time, while her son has about a 10-second attention span. Her son, she says, was even active in the womb! If you're dealing with a similar situation, take heart. Many moms commiserate, and have weighed in to reassure you that your son's antics are normal.
Kristen B., for one, has a four-year-old who was extremely active at 18 months. Her advice? "Save yourself anxiety, and try getting a ball and some toys to the park and let him just run around," she says. The old "wear-'em-out" theory has some merit, as your child will eventually tire. The harder he plays, the harder he will sleep!
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Another mom dealing with a jumping bean is Nicole L., whose two-year-old son wants to explore absolutely everything. While other kids sit and wait patiently, her son runs around the room. Yet she notices that he can also be very focused, so she doesn't worry about behavioral disorders like ADHD. (Related: 3 Common Signs of ADD/ADHD).
For moms are that do read the possibility of a behavioral condition into their toddler's high energy antics, it's important to consider that it's common for kids of this age, and for boys in particular, to be very physically active. (Researchers point to the fact that boys' bodies produce less of the impulse-controlling hormone serotonin than girls do, among other reasons.) Furthermore, it's not entirely clear that a diagnosis of ADHD is valid when made this early. (The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends diagnosing a child once they're school-age.)
So just keep your child safe — and conserve your own energy! Instead of chasing your son around, watch him. You don't have to participate in every acrobatic feat, or follow him up every ladder. Just let him know you're watching — which will thrill him — and let him know that you think he's amazing, which you surely do.
This article is not intended as medical advice. If you are concerned your child is exhibiting signs of ADHD, consult your pediatrician.
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