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What's reasonable to expect from 5 yo in terms of sitting still?

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sameagain Mon 13-Oct-08 09:54:57

Took my ds2 to football match on Saturday. He loved the atmosphere/occasion etc, but prob a bit young to appreciate the actual football. I went with a friend and his 8yo DS and the boys chatted happily for about the first 60 mins, but last half hour was a bit trying, with DS2 running up and down an empty row of seats banging the chairs etc.

Did he do well to last as long as he did, or should I be able to control him better?

meandmyjoe Mon 13-Oct-08 09:59:30

HE DID VERY WELL TO SIT STILL FOR AN HOUR! He's only 5 and bound to get bored of sitting still especially as he's probably a bit too young to really engage in the football for too long. Sound's like he did really well and as long as he wasn't being a trouble causer and upsetting other people I'd leave him to it. smile

mankyscotslass Mon 13-Oct-08 10:04:55

Sounds like he did great.
When we took eldest manky to football matches at that age we always reckoned on possibly having to leave early, usually about 1/2 way or 3/4 way though the second half. We only left early because it was always packed and he would have caused a nuisance to others at that stage, but if your DS wasn't bothering anyone then I think it was a success.
I think managing your expectations is as important as managing his behaviour really, and because we knew what the plan was it was easier to relax and not stress.
Not like mf friends DH who got so wound up about his 5 year old being bored or needing the loo!!!

Tortington Mon 13-Oct-08 10:09:28


sameagain Mon 13-Oct-08 10:10:04

Thank you both - I think he did well, but am always a bit concerned when they "play up" in public. Friend's boy was brilliant and really looked after my lo - they went off to collect signatures together (smallish club)

DS2 had a great time, he made a new friend, a horse, honestly a horse, signed his autograph book and he got to eat more junk than he usually sees in a month! The huge bag of haribo my friend produced for them to share at half time can't have helped 2nd half behaviour. Small matter that we won 5 -0 was incidental grin

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