Kids Can Be Energetic. Here's How To Keep Them Busy.
If you have a high-energy kid, you're lucky. The kids with the most energy are often the most passionate, curious and independent. High energy is completely normal among children, and can be beneficial to a child's overall development, but that doesn't change the fact that it can be - it must be said - exhausting at times.
As the parent of a high-energy kid, you might feel a constant need to entertain them, lest they get restless and channel their energy somewhere unacceptable (for instance, the classic crayons all over the wall!). But you don't need to keep pace with your kid just to keep them busy, nor do you need to truck them around to various sport practices.
There are easy, at-home ways to keep your high-energy child busy, and none is more effective than the humble trampoline. You may remember bouncing on the trampoline as a kid, feeling the breeze on your face as you saw the world from a bird's eye perspective. What you may not remember is how good that trampoline was for exercise.
Trampolines are surprisingly effective when it comes to aerobic activity, and therefore have the unique potential to keep your active child both entertained and busy. They require only your supervision, but you can do that from a nearby lawn chair with a cup of tea in hand - a passive way of keeping your child busy, to be sure.
Before you go buying a trampoline though, it's important to consider safety. The trampolines you remember from growing up - you know, the ones with rusty, exposed springs and open sides - are not all that safe. Thankfully, times have changed, and trampolines have become safer. Follow this link for the safest and best selection of trampolines available right now; you will find trampolines with full, flexible nettings and no springs.
And before you allow your high-energy child to bounce on their new trampoline, make sure they understand a few rules. Bouncing one at a time is the only truly safe way to bounce, so as much as they may want to bounce with their friends, it is best to take turns. Also, flips should be prohibited, since they can cause injury. You want your kid to be active and engaged, but it cannot come at the cost of safety.
In summary, while your first impulse may be to try and rein in your overactive child's energy, that is not a good idea; it is far better to channel their energy toward a physical activity, and there is no better physical activity than bouncing on a trampoline. Not only is it right in your backyard, but it is fun and low maintenance.
Having a high-energy kid can be exhausting, but it's also a blessing. It means that they will have no trouble keeping themselves entertained and independent during their formative years. Finding the right avenue for their energy is crucial, and the humble trampoline can help!