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Old 10.06.2011, 17:16
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What to do with highly energetic child

Watching my daughter just now, she´s the most active tv watcher i know. Running and jumping around, balancing on the sofa. Then all of a sudden, she was doing push-ups! I had to pick my jaw off the floor. I asked her what she just did and she did 10 more! She´s now showing off and i have to tell her to stop.

Is this normal? I learned to do push ups when i was 20s and dont know so many (non-athlete) people who can do it. She´s only six yrs old. Should i take advantage of it and make her do some sport even at her young age? Or is this just..."meh big deal"...maybe because we are more active here in swiss than back home.
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Re: What to do with highly energetic child

Hi Stephanie

Im a golf pro and sports coach and take a big interest in child development in sport. Its deffinately a positive that she is so active and for her own development, health and fitness. I would say totally encourage it, there could be worse ways she could use her energy you havnt mentioned her age but if you feel she old enough to try sports, by all means. I moved here with my girlfriend and were are staying with her parents and little bro and sis and there involved in loads of sports that keep them active but keep the environmnt fun and not outcome or winning losing orientated which i think is really good. so thats could be a good avenue to explore. My personal input is for the long term of a childs physical development. with young people there more open to pick up general skills and elements of fitness alot quicker than adults do. so with that in mind if they can attain general fitness, coordination, fine & gross motor skills it will have massive benefits in later life. emphasis on whats called rudimentary skills, kicking, throwing, catching, balance, multi funtional exercises for coordination, basic fitness, flexability and strenght. if later on they really like sport they be better equiped to play, excell and less injury prone. i as a golf pro in my junior camps concentrate on fun, and buillding things likethese that every kid can use and take away from the camps even if they decide that they dont golf.

hope these thoughts helped in any way

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Re: What to do with highly energetic child

There is a gymnastics group in Nussbaumen, costing 35chf a year, and will also help her make friends with the locals out of school. (And you possibly with the adults, if you make the effort).

I have 3 highly energetic kids (no idea where that comes from ). With the boy, i really have to control his sugar/chocolate intake, else i could sometimes change his name to Damien..

Do sports - some start at 4 years old. It may also help them keep out of trouble as teenagers...
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Re: What to do with highly energetic child

how old is your daughter ?
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Old 10.06.2011, 21:14
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Re: What to do with highly energetic child

I mentioned she is only 6 years old. Thanks for the ideas, we live near nussbaumen. I agree theres quite alot of negative ways she can use her energy, she needs a proper outlet.
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Re: What to do with highly energetic child

She sounds like me when I was that age. I never could keep still and my father was the same. My grandmother was constantly in a state of disapproval because I couldn't sit still.

I was in loads of sports clubs (swimming, athletics, netball, gym).

Having said that, I always slept like the dead and my mum made sure I had a good balanced diet.

My son is the same fidget-bum.

I think it's only a problem if the child has trouble concentrating and their fidgetyness hinders their development in other ways. Otherwise it's a big positive.
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My son was very active, some teachers found him exhausting. Children are naturally active, some need more than others. Too many people expect kids to sit still for an hour or more and don't encourage kids to exercise fully. I am sure that lack of exercise is at the root of many school and health problems- perhaps not so much in CH, but definitely in the UK and US
Even in adults it helps to exercise before studying. I thought he was more active than most, until a friend brought their daughter over and she straddle climbed the door frame and performed somersaults at 6/7 years old. The best thing is to get involved with them, ti's fun and keeps you fit.
Children do have different strengths though, my daughter never seemed to lose that pull up grasp that newborn babies have. She would sing happily and do pull-ups on bars. Both my kids excelled in varsity sports, but they seemed to have no danger of heights or speed, my nerves were in tatters.
The only warnings I would have is to make sure that you protect her head and neck whatever she is doing. I don't feel that enough attention is paid to this in Switzerland. Check their training equipment regularly, both the kids and the class. Choose sports where you are allowed to observe. Get an experienced trainer so that you don't get permanent injury from improper technique or over exertion. I cringe each time I see kids encourage to throw themselves in somersaults and landing on the backs on their necks.

Keep to the training schedule and diet but don't make being first the be all and end all. Encourage but don't push if they are over- stressed. Make sure they get regular health check-ups.
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My son was very active, some teachers found him exhausting. Children are naturally active, some need more than others. Too many people expect kids to sit still for an hour or more and don't encourage kids to exercise fully. I am sure that lack of exercise is at the root of many school and health problems- perhaps not so much in CH, but definitely in the UK and US
God, I'm so glad to read someone else with this opinion. I was a cub scout leader in the UK and out of a pack of 24 little boys, I had 9 which were apparently "hyperactive" according to their parents.

A week's camping in the fresh air with activities every day and it didn't matter what kind of orange cordial they drank or what sweets they gobbled from the camp shop - they slept like babies and were absolute angels to manage.
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Re: What to do with highly energetic child

This is also why it took me so long to go for a second one.... I couldn't come around the idea to have to handle an other kid with the same energy of my daughter.

Her brother is only 7 weeks old and I already find him much calmer than she was at the same age! (no kidding!)
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God, I'm so glad to read someone else with this opinion. I was a cub scout leader in the UK and out of a pack of 24 little boys, I had 9 which were apparently "hyperactive" according to their parents.

A week's camping in the fresh air with activities every day and it didn't matter what kind of orange cordial they drank or what sweets they gobbled from the camp shop - they slept like babies and were absolute angels to manage.
That's what I loved about Switzerland- outside in nature, fresh air, natural smells, building dens, exploring, experimenting, having adventures, fair competition and cooperation, is the best.
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Re: What to do with highly energetic child

Can't you just build a giant hamster wheel, and harness their excess energy?

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Re: What to do with highly energetic child

The facility in Nussbaumen was unfortunately only for kids in 2nd grade and older. BUT yesterday we got a letter from kindergarten, we signed our daughter up for some after school sports activity, starting in August, paid by our Kanton.
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Her brother is only 7 weeks old and I already find him much calmer than she was at the same age! (no kidding!)
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The facility in Nussbaumen was unfortunately only for kids in 2nd grade and older. BUT yesterday we got a letter from kindergarten, we signed our daughter up for some after school sports activity, starting in August, paid by our Kanton.
I have just seen in the local paper that there are currently trials for girls born in the years 2005 or 2006 (and i assume 2004 would still be ok)

With contact information on this page:
http://www.kutu-intern.ch/Kutu-neu/T...rtraining.html

But big yay wrt school sports
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