Hey! First I want to add that I was ADHD growing up and when my mother looks at how my son acts she tells me that like how I was when I was little.. I really dont want to believe that because I was HORRIBLE until I was like 15 or 16 and I want better for my son.. He is always on the go, climbing, jumping, hitting, He doesnt have a really long attention span at all.. I mean sometimes he does really well when he is playing with his toys or watching Spongbob.. But He doesnt listen to a things me or my husband say.. If we tell him no about something he will go back to it like 4-5 times.. What are all your opinions on this... Do you think he could be ADHD or just terrible 2's ? Can a Dr. diagnose this early? Do you know of anyone or yourself who is in the same situatin.. How do you go about disciplining them... PLEASE HELP... Thanks Cortney
I think this is the terrible 2's definitely. You can try some sort for different discipline if what you have been trying isn't working for you. I have had children even up to 4 who will just ignore me and do what I told them not to, pretend not to hear me, just be wild and run around everywhere in the house. None of them have a disorder.
You should try giving him a little more attention and provide him with some sort of good outlet for his excess energy. It's normal for kids this age to be practically bouncing off the walls, especially when it's too cold to go outside. Let him get out his energy...except you must not tolerate the hitting...make sure you are adamant to him that that is NOT acceptable.
Even if it is cold, you can take him outside for 15 minutes and let him run as much as he wants. The fresh air is good for him and he won't feel cooped up and trapped....I can tell you right now, my kids are horrid when they haven't been outside for a while.
If he ignores you and does what you don't want him to, you need to be consistent and act on it every time he does it. My children are put in a chair in the living room and must sit and be quiet for a time. I don't think this will work for a 2 year old, but there must be some sort of negative feedback that you can give him that will respond to his negative actions....you could also have him lie down in his bed. Sometimes he might be over tired....which also causes hyperactivity.
A little change in his diet may also help. Limit his sugar intake drastically if not altogether. You will find a marked change.
You can try a positive approach, but this usually doesn't work in children who are so small, unless you can keep it very short term, since children's attention spans are naturally less than 5 minutes.
I am in the same boat as you my son isnt like all other 2 year olds his age. he attacks me an others just has random out burst of yelling and he never sits still he dosnt even watch tv or antthing like that he wont even play with the same toy for more then a minute. he never listens and when i ask him something or tell him to do something it like he is zoned out and doesn't here me, he jumps up on things and climbs every thing all the time he jumps from every thing and it scares me i think he going to hurt him self. and i do discipline him but nothing seems to work so to every one else he just look like a very naughty non disinterested kid but he is disciplined, dont no what to do i need help to
My son is the same way...he just turned two in may...it is very hard getting him to sleep at night. From the time he wakes up until the time i put him to bed he is jumping, hitting, running, and talking..He has a good attention span for something that he is interested in but if it doesn't catch his attention then there is no hope...