Embrace your child’s energy – It will keep you young!
How many times have I heard parents say ‘oh they are a right handful’ about their own child?
Countless times! I am even guilty of the phrase myself – especially for my youngest little Duracell bunny! Every single one of my boys was born with excessive amounts of energy. This should have come as no surprise to me given the fact that their dad charges around as though he has a rocket up his derriere!
As babies they didn’t seem to need as much sleep as other babies. Whilst my friends sat there gloating that their babies had a two hour nap in the afternoon and then went to bed at 7pm and slept all night (grrrr!) I would sit there thinking, well my son power napped for half an hour at 11 ‘o clock this morning and then went to bed at 7.30pm and slept until 9pm!
When they were toddlers they would always run everywhere. They would charge around like lunatics, maybe sit down for 5 minutes and then be off again looking for their next adventure.
As they started school, all the other mums would be saying how their child crashed out on the sofa at 6pm as they were so exhausted after their hard day. My boys on the other hand would still be play fighting at 6pm, soaking the bathroom with their bath water at 7pm and playing lightsaber wars at 8pm when they should have been tucked up calmly in their beds after a hard day at school!
So what do I do about it? Do I curl up under my duvet and hide my head remembering the long gone days of peace and quiet in my home. Do I do my perfectly pitched fish wife shout to be heard over the exuberant shouts as they charge from room to room? Do I run into the garden and scream at the top of my voice to let it all out? Do I type a status on facebook saying 4 boys up for grabs to the highest bidder?
No,no,no and no. As tempting as 3 of these may be (I will let you decide which 3 you think these are!) I have learnt over the years to embrace my boys’ relentless energy.
When they are racing around the house dressed as Batman, Ironman, Spiderman and Superman, do I tell them not to jump off the sofa or spider climb up the door frame? No, I will put on my wonder woman outfit (what, you think I don’t really have one?!?) and join in defeating the Joker and Lex Luther! When they are rolling down a hill steep enough to build up speed that would challenge a young whippet, do I yell, ‘mind those brambles’ and ‘watch out for the dog poo’? No, I lie down, stretch out my arms and legs to give maximum rolling ability and show them how it’s done! When they are jumping on the trampoline do I hover close by telling them to be careful not to break a leg? No, I will pile in there with them trying to touch the clouds and to hell with my pelvic floor! And when they put on gangnam style for the 10th time in a row before the school disco, do I moan and change it to something ‘calmer’. Hell no, I will gallop and lasso my way around the lounge and dance like there’s no-one watching!
I love the fact my boys have so much energy, they are just typical boys after all. Of course, not every day is like this. I have my tired days where it all seems too much just like any other mum. I don’t always behave as I have just described as not only would that probably make me incredibly annoying to other mums, it would probably also mean that I was a little cuckoo! But, I hope that when they are older and have children of their own, they will remember the times their mum got stuck in with their craziness and they too will embrace that attitude. They are after all only young once and they are keeping me young at heart too! 🙂