Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Supermam

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Qmy three-year-old son is extremely overactive and never sits still. He has a great imagination but can easily become very hyper, over-excited and ends up hurting others or himself through his actions. He is very boisterous and a larger than life character but I am afraid he is too rough and aggressive with other children of his age and he will frighten off any new friends. How can I get him to calm down?

ABOYS are simply wonderful creatures, they can be boisterous, full of life, imaginative, and very physical, (everything that girls can be but ten times more active with it!).

Generally boys tend to get a rough ride. Common misconceptions are that boys can be aggressive, chaotic, loud and incapable of sitting still, or concentrating on things for any period of time.

In my opinion this is simply unfair. In my experience boys can also be loving, sensitive, affectionate and generous. Boys are biologically wired differently to girls and therefore will sometimes need a different style of parenting. They are naturally energetic, spontaneous, physical, and single minded, and these are qualities that should be encouraged but in a way that is positive and can be controlled to not get out of control.

Boys tend to need lots of physical exercise to help them burn off their energy. There is no doubt that if energetic children do not receive the physical exercise and stimulation then behaviour can deteriorate.

Lively children need to be kept active and entertained and it is the parents' responsibility to ensure that there is enough physical and mental stimulation going on that can entertain them.

Children are also very resilient and can resolve any friendship problems easily enough. If your son goes to a nursery, the staff there will be very used to over-zealous play with children and will have lots of experience in helping your son to be more gentle when playing. …

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