High energy children

Parent Educator Rona Renner, RN, shares advice for parents on the best method for parenting kids that are high energy, intense, and slow to adapt to rules
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Some children come into the world with a very spirited temperament. They’re high energy, intense, sometimes they’re a little slow adapting to rules and regulations. You may have a child who’s different than the other kids in the playgroup. They’re on a go all the time, they’re climbing, they’re into everything. It doesn’t mean that you’re child has an Attention Deficit Syndrome or hyperactivity. It just means that they’re high-spirited child. So get a lot of rest so you can keep up with them. Give them lots of big spaces to play in. Know that it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong, but in fact, they just have a different way of being. You can direct their energy and their intensity into creative things. Get that play dough out and let them play with play dough. And paint and art. Let them get bikes and ride their bikes. And keep in mind that if you’re a low energy, it’s going to be a little hard at times. So hopefully, you have a high-energy partner or a high-energy baby sitter.

Parent Educator Rona Renner, RN, shares advice for parents on the best method for parenting kids that are high energy, intense, and slow to adapt to rules

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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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