7 parenting hacks to get your kid to sit still

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Getting your little one to sit still can be such a hassle. Just a moment or two of peace; is that really too much to ask? Sigh. Well, worry not. We have some tips on how to get your little one to stick to the seat longer that 2 micro seconds…

Having trouble with fidgety kids?

Having trouble with fidgety kids?

Yes, a goldfish has a longer attention span than your little one. Very young children have about an average attention span of 15 seconds, so, if an activity consumes more time than that miserly 15 seconds…

Kids have a natural tendency to be restless and squirmy. Just imagine how fidgety they will get when they truly dislike a certain activity or are simply disinterested.

Tips on keeping them kids still

1) Be prepared

Well, first off, never go to a place where your child will be requested to stand or sit still without being prepared for it. Get your stash of books, paper, crayons (small noiseless toys) and whatever it takes to keep your kid occupied.

2) Have gadgets around

If your kid has to remain seated for a long time, like on a train, plane or car; then consider taking a portable laptop or DVD player. Or the rage these days would be to use your iPod or iPad to play Angry Birds or any other game. If it is educational—even better!

3) High chairs to the rescue

At a restaurant, just ensure that your child is seated on a high chair or booster and strapped.

Teaching your child to behave

Teaching your child to behave

4) Burn off the excess energy

If possible and if time allows, then bring your kid to a play ground before you go anywhere that requires him/her to sit or hold still. Why? Then your kid has a chance to “run it off”—basically the trick is to get all the energy out of them first.

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Parenting Advice by BRAND'S® AlphaMynd Toddler