How to Help Active Little Kids Sit Still


Parents can struggle when they have active children who need to sit still. It can feel embarrassing, or like your child isn't doing what other kids seem to handle easily.

Here are six things to consider when you want your child to sit still.

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A listener wrote in with this question:

My son is 2 1/2. When we go to the library in our area for story time, all the other kids seem to sit still. Not my son! He is running around and making noise. I feel like other parents give me the eye. He doesn't sit still at home either. What can I do?

Here are six tips for parents of young wigglers.

1. Have realistic expectations

Young children need movement.

Make sure that you are asking them to sit for only short periods of time.

Don't expect a toddler to be able to be still for long.

2. Give Brain Breaks

If kids need to sit still, find opportunities to move.

Take breaks from sitting to get some energy out.

3. Movement is training for sitting still

For kids to be able to sit still and pay attention, they need to develop proprioception and vestibular sense.