so I really dont know...my son is 4 years old and has hit all the developmental stages at the normal time or a bit early, he's extremely smart and picks up things very very fast.
But, I'll be frank...his behavior has started to become a bit...I dunno, strange. Both my husband and I are completely exhausted with him, like seriously exhausted.
So, he seems to have a LOT of energy, but like way way way more than most kids Ive seen, although I know people who say, nah he's way better behaved than their kid or grandkid, whatever...but hes always running around, moving, getting into stuff...you name it. Really never a moments rest unless I manage to put on a video. We dont have a TV but do subscribe to some stuff online so I can say, put on Mr. Rogers Neighboorhood or whatever now and then. He wakes up super early and rip roaring to go...and he goes to bed around 10 or 11pm and NO nap. I'm at home right now until I start Nursing school in the Fall...he was in school but we pulled him out cuz it was not a good environment for him, we felt. The place was a mess basically. This weird behaviour kinda started around when he hit 4, like 4 months ago. He does NOT take a nap at all and its VERY hard to get him to calm down and relax.
He tried to be extremely independant, thinks he's a big man or something to the point that he incessently sasses us and talks back...I've tried times out, rewards/punishments, bribes...you name it, NOTHING works...he fights them all and frankly...I'm exhausted as so is my husband so 9 times outta 10, we give up cuz there is no point. He will NOT behave when we need him too. Its insane.
For his behavior not only is he active like 24/7 it seems but like hes excessive with his imagination and play, like he really, really gets into it and just doesnt stop...like right now hes going through a gun phase where he makes gun noises and runs around, pretending he is fighting aliens...all this from watching Lilo and Stitch with his family! Hes not destructive by any means...hes quite intelligent and is gentle with stuff when he needs to be...but I dunno, just the activity on hyper overdrive is...wow.
Originally we thought...OK maybe too much sugar, whatever...so we r now more careful w/ the food we buy and we generally dont eat processed foods, I basically cook everything, from scratch daily and we dont have junk food...cept for some maybe cookies to have w/ tea or something. So i dont think its food allergies. My hubby says as a kid he was very active and running around...and I know im kinda hyper myself...but our son is like way, way way more!
So what are we doing now? Frankly...we just try to ignore his off the wall behavior...which prob makes it worse, but as I said, we are both straight up exhausted...and we dont get a break...like no nap or anything... also we moved to this crazy tiny, blah town which is boreing to the extreme so I'm sure that does have an affect cuz im sure he's bored and he also has no friends to play with...thankfully we r moving back to the city in 2 months...I hope that may help his behavior...he'll be back in a place where there is stuff to do, activity, friends oh and he is starting school once we move.
But still...I dunno...I worry.
any ideas? Is this behavior normal?