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Parenting Q&A: How To Channel My Two-Year-Old's Energy?

Parenting Q&A: How To Channel My Two-Year-Old's Energy?

Q. My two-year-old son is incredibly active. He is always on the go and has a hard time sitting still for long periods of time. Are there particular sports or activities that could help him channel his energy?

A. Two things: It Sounds like you have a normal two-year-old boy and there are no age appropriate sports for a toddler. Two-year-olds should jump in their back yard, run in parks, climb mountains of pillows, learn what a crab walk and bear walk are and then walk up the block that way. Organized activities will only frustrate the very active as sitting and following directions for a period of time will not set him up for success. Keeping him safe is key so creating obstacle courses, having a small trampoline or a mat for tumbling helps. Bottom line —let him move. To see the rest of Lonna's answer,

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Create an environment where his physical exploration is encouraged, not squashed. Though toddler exercise classes are tempting, observe before you sign him up. Find the most physical boy and pay careful attention to how the adults interact. If he’s being told to calm down or even put in a time out, run away. His energy does not need to be channeled yet. If, however, he still needs to move this much at four, it is time to talk to professionals about pre-school and elementary school behavioral expectations.

— Lonna Corder

Parenting expert and Montessori school director, Lonna Corder has been doling out advice for 25 years as a teacher, parent/child consultant and on television. For more information, visit lonnacorder.com.

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try a mini trampoline, the kind with a handle on it. the jumping will organize and relax him (occupational therapy trick) and it will tire him too. you can also do things like count when he jumps, which will help him learn counting and rhyming, like "one-two-three, ryan jumps, watch and see!"
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