My 7 yr-old has periods of time, for a while especially in the evening almost every day, where he is just jumping out of his skin with energy. He makes a ton of noise, yelling loudly, usually in a playful way that he thinks is funny (sadly, not the kind of humor an adult would appreciate much, becomes difficult to be around *quickly*) and runs, jumps, flips, usually ends up hurting himself in at least a minor way (hitting his head or elbow on something, etc). It is usually late in the day, so I'm wondering if it's related to being tired/over-tired. He didn't have tantrums at the normal age for it (not when his friends were, anyway), but started much later like a year ago (not super frequently but once or more a week probably). As for the tantrums, I have figured out that food almost always helps a lot, and I've been trying to keep him well fed, particularly right after school. So, I am wondering if he might also be hungry when he has these bursts of energy.
The thing that kinda freaks me out about it is that I feel like he cannot control it. There have been times that I've pleaded with him to calm down and/or be quiter and it seems like he would do it if he was able. Sometimes it will be like I'm asking him to just be calm for a few minutes until we can finish the bath (I can't handle it when he's this way in the bathtub w his 22-mo-old brother, too scarey for me).
Sometimes it feels like the only thing I can do is wait for it to pass. I have shifted now from trying to figure out ways to deal with his behavior to come up with coping mechanisms to just get through it w/o becoming angry at him. I am worried that have been awfully disapproving of a behavior that he has no control over and I don't want him to feel bad about himself.
I would say that these bursts usually don't last as long as an hour and I am pretty certain that it doesn't happen in any other context than with us at home. His teachers are amazed when I say he can be over-the-top energy-wise at home. He has had these bursts at times when we don't have much going on, been in the house for most of the day, and also at times when he has been super busy. He loves school and likes to stay as late as he can (montessori after care) and we often pick him up at school on the way to swimming/karate/soccer and don't get home until 6:30 or 7. So I don't think it can be that he's not busy enough.
Sorry this has been so long!