I’ve noticed that my kids can kind off turn into little bits of violent tornadoes close to bed time.
They are exhausted and go into a physical overdrive. This has the undercurrents of physical aggression and is a classic symptom of over stimulated kids.
In other situations, an over stimulated child may just sit there. He may not pay attention to anything or anyone in the environment.
There are also those children who start crying uncontrollably because that’s his expression of over stimulation.
However it may emerge, over stimulation manifests differently in each child and the child begins to look out of control.
Either ways, you know your child best. So if you feel that your child is getting over stimulated, he probably is and you need to reach out. Here is some pointers on how you can handle it.
Tip #1 On Handling Over Stimulated Kids: Tell Them
In simple words, just tell your kids that they need to relax and probably take a break to collect their breath.
Tip #2 On Handling Over Stimulated Kids: Set Expectations
If you know things are going to be different than usual or the kids, tell your child what is going to happen and set expectations accordingly.
Tip #3 On Handling Over Stimulated Kids: Schedule Down Time
When children are overworked or have a tight schedule, they can get overtly stimulated. Allow kids to have down time and let them be free. Allow unstructured play before bedtime.
Tip #4 On Handling Over Stimulated Kids: Be Flexible
Take your cues from your child. If it isn’t working for your child, you might consider changing that.