Confessions of a mother of a high-energy child


The KalliKids Blog

This week, I am thrilled to have written a Guest Blog Post for the KalliKids website, called ‘Confessions of a mother of a high-energy child’, written specifically about my experiences of being a mum to Gammon, who I secretly nickname the Tasmanian Devil from the Looney Tunes cartoons.

KalliKids is a brand new UK website which offers accreditation for family and children’s activities, and where all activity providers are trusted and approved. At the moment it is Sussex based (with a view to expand to other areas in the future) and you can search for all type of activities for children and families in your local area, plus the website features a whole host of resources about how children learn.

To read my Guest Blog Post, please click here.

And when you’ve finished reading, check out the KalliKids website for some inspiration about things you can do with your little ones – it’s free for parents to join up, so what have you got to lose?!

If you like what you read on Gammon and Chips, then why not nominate it for a BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Award (BiBs)? Click here to find out how.

11 thoughts on “Confessions of a mother of a high-energy child

  1. Hi Maddie – Lovely article :0) I can so relate. Like you I have 2 very highly spirited and high energy girls aged 6 & 2 ! They don’t stop from the moment they wake up until they finally succumb to sleep at bedtime and even then my youngest is up once in the night. I agree that it is our attitude to the dilemma that needs to change & it’s about embracing new ideas. I have to say though that when I’m knackered and all out of reserves I struggle with their never ending energy. It’s like having 2 duracel bunnies running around ;0)

  2. Thanks Charlie! I’m so glad you can relate – that makes me feel better, like I’m not the only one out there. Sometimes when I’m out and about with other parents I wonder why I seem to be the only one struggling to control my child, while all the other kids seem to listen to and obey their parents, sit nicely while eating without running away every 30 seconds and not randomly swipe things from a table onto the floor for no apparent reason. And it’s interesting that yours are girls too, as loads of people say to me ‘oh, it’s a boy thing’ which I don’t think it is – not all boys are like Gammon. I am still to work out if Chips is high-energy yet, but I don’t think the signs are pointing to it at the moment (although she’s only 16 months). I totally understand your ‘Duracel bunny’ comment – I really struggled trying to keep up with Gammon while I was pregnant with Chips. Chips is still waking in the night too, so I think we’re probably both as knackered as each other! Roll on the summer I say – coming up with new active ideas is so much easier when it’s not raining or snowing outside! Good luck and thanks for visiting! 🙂

    • My youngest Jess is definitely more of a loose cannon than her sister. Sophia is very highly sensitive and struggles with lots of things. She can be pretty dramatic too, which can be very tiring. Her younger sister is more of a “thug” and I have struggled in knowing where to go with it all when she refuses to listen to reason. I’m not an advocate of smacking either, so sometimes I struggle to know where to go with her refusal to do as I ask of her. But then I also know that a lot of it is down to my excessive tiredness too and frustration for her! It’s a catch 22 isn’t it? I think if they are also quite intelligent they often need to push their boundaries more. Just something I’ve noticed. That excess energy needs to be channeled well or it is used for naughty pursuits! I agree with the fact that it’s easier in warmer weather to wear them out and then they tend to be happier to do some quiet activity for a while. Mine also love my full attention which can be exhausting. They don’t eat sweets or processed foods so it’s not that. Maybe i feed them too well ;0) They have a mad hour or so between 5pm (tea time) and 6.30pm (bath time). That’s fun; not ! Lovely to connect with you Maddie & know we are not alone x

  3. I thought it was an excellent observation how we tend to see our children in terms of the challenges to ourselves, rather than how their character might be a strength for them that needs channelling. Brilliant that you could see that and take action. I think I will stop and revaluate my toddler’s single-minded obsession with numbers and sign him up to an accounting course – or just go straight to a PhD in Applied Mathematics perhaps…

  4. Wow, you certainly don’t need to join a gym with this kind of exercise going on! I’m just thankful that Grace isn’t that full of beans – although I’m not so sure that would be the case if I had another! Thanks for linking to PoCoLo lovely lady, and for all your support xx

  5. Just read your brilliant guest post, you must be shattered missy! POD is two and doesn’t stop unless she’s watching “bellyolly” that is. I do work though so it’s not constant 🙂

  6. Great post – sounds like you certainly have your hands full, how do you cope with 2?! I hope you find something to concentrate his energy on, it’s so hard isn’t it when they are full of energy and you have to try and keep up! Good luck!

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