Oh good grief, 5 year old ever, ever stops

(7 Posts)
BikeRunSki Sun 20-Jul-14 22:07:52

Every time we go out, he runs away. Usually we find him in a few minutes. Today he was missing for about an hour in woodland backing onto open countryside. We were on the verge of calling the police.

Despite a long chat, an hour later he ran off in Tesco's.

Whatever time he goes to bed, he gets up. We have gradually pushed his bed time back from 7.30 to 9 pm. Despite cycling, trampolining and playing out all day, he is still crashing around upstairs.

He ignores anything I say to him. He earns stickers on a chart for good behaviour, which are worth 10p pocket money (usually for Lego). These can come off for bad behaviour. The last 6 have come off, none gone on.

He gets up about 6am

GroClock no longer effective

Nothing effective!!!

How does he never get tired?

Even when he is sitting still he is jiggling about and fiddling.

BikeRunSki Sun 20-Jul-14 22:28:42

So I am the only one with a non-stop 5 yo?

Thought so

Please make him stop!!!!!

Queenofthehill Sun 20-Jul-14 22:33:59

I have a 3yo who is heading this way, I think. No advice but I hear ya, sister. Mine runs everywhere and can't sit still for more than half a mealtime. Knackered.com :-D

TheWorldAccordingToJC Sun 20-Jul-14 22:40:04

I have a 7 year old with ADHD. Have you considered this

Meglet Sun 20-Jul-14 22:46:50

I have an almost 6yr old DD like this. And reward charts never ever work. It's a waste of paper. For about a month I've told her she can have a loom band board if she sleeps for 3 nights in a row, it's not worked. Nothing works.

She has been walked for miles on endless occasions and still not slept.

I'm this close to putting reins back on her. But then she'd just drop to the floor and we wouldn't get anywhere. At safe places I have started to let her have more freedom that I planned, ie; she can go ahead to the park (no roads) and out of my sight while I catch up behind, her and her big brother can dash to get forgotten bits in the supermarket when I'm at the till. It's hard but she seems to respond better to being treated more like an older child than a little kid.

She's still awake. The only thing that keeps me sane is that academically she is awesome, school behaviour is great too. She just lets it all out at home <<sigh>>. Her teacher said "she knows her own mind smile".

BikeRunSki Sun 20-Jul-14 23:23:46

I have JC, he is waiting for assessment.

TheWorldAccordingToJC Mon 21-Jul-14 09:38:31

ah there's your answer then! he probably has adhd. mine does and he's fine - the key to it is absorbing activities and bike rides I find! it does improve with age and management as a rule
good luck with the assessment

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