Although toddlerhood and preschooler is a period of normally high activity level, some children are exceptionally active due to their temperament. In the school-aged years of 6-12, children become more focussed and settle down naturally.
(That's why school doesn't begin for children until ages 5 or 6 years.)
What do you see as challenges in parenting a child that is highly active?
It's hard to keep them busy!
They get easily bored.
As adults, they could become workaholics.
They become impatient fast.
No down time for reflection or contemplation or other activities that spur creativity and thinking.
They get frustrated easily with others.
What do you see as benefits in parenting a child that is highly active?
They get a lot done as older children and adults.
They are very energetic and can get by on very little sleep.
They are curious and always look for something new.
What do you see as challenges in parenting a child that is inactive?
It can be hard to engage them in new things or even regular activities.
It can be a struggle to keep them fit.
Sometimes they are just feeling lethargic.
What do you see as benefits in parenting a child that is highly inactive?
They are able to focus.
They are contented to play on their own.
It is not exhausting for parents to keep them busy.
They are great readers.
Our home life is more relaxed.
They tend to have staying power for long, tedious jobs.