All children get excited about the things they love. Some children may, however, be overly enthusiastic than others. A birthday party for three-year-olds is a hectic affair, with children running all over and pushing each other, but the opposite is exact for 10-year-old children. Children develop differently and at different paces. If your child gets overexcited, there could be some reasons why:
Babies are born with no control over their emotions, but as they grow, they learn to control their emotions. Restraint allows a child to relate with others and manage frustrations. The skill develops throughout their lives. Some children are excitable, and often it is not a problem. They are energetic, curious, optimistic, and often fun to play with. Such kids sometimes become overexcited and say things out of turn. The other children might bully them or call them annoying and embarrassing.
Kids who get overexcited might:
- Interrupt people when they are talking or intrude on other children’s activities, and not waiting for their turn
- Be overconfident and overly optimistic
- Dominate conversations
- Talk endlessly about one topic
- Get very physical
- Have unrealistic notions about their abilities and talents
- Overreact to situations, whether good or bad
- Gush over everything
The reasons why kids get overexcited are varied. For some children, it is who they naturally are. For some, however, it could be:
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Children who have ADHD have trouble with self-control and the ability to switch from one situation to another. ADHD symptoms manifest in childhood but may persist to adulthood. Children with ADHD usually exhibit the following symptoms:
- Inattention or difficulty paying attention
If your child has these symptoms, it does not necessarily have to be ADHD. A specialist such as a mental health professional or a pediatrician must diagnose him/her. The diagnosis will help you figure out the direction to take next.
Some children may have trouble with the organization, processing, and responding to information relayed through the senses. These issues are called sensory processing disorders and can significantly impact a child’s learning and healthy life. Some children may be under sensitive or oversensitive to input, or sometimes both.
How To Help Your Child Manage their Overexcitement
There are always ways to help your child manage overexcitement, no matter what the issue is.
- Celebrate the positives behind the excitement, such as their energy and enthusiasm. The positives are part of what makes your child unique.
- Work on ways to keep the child’s overexcitement in check. Look out for what triggers the reactions and make a note of each time the child becomes overexcited. Once you know what the triggers are, you can work with your child and prepare him/her for such situations. One way to do this is by role-playing.
- Agree with your child on a secret word or gesture that you can use as an alert when they have gone over the top and need to calm down.