Okay, friends, neighbors, family and acquaintances, I need you help. I need some advice on how to deal my spirited 5 1/2 year old.
Almost every time we go somewhere (a party, somewhere to play, some one's house, or if people come over to our house), Lily goes nuts. She is fine before hand, but once we get there, she suddenly starts running around, talking/yelling way too loudly, climbing on anything and everything (including people), pulling at people's clothes, and most of all, not listening. It's like she is so wound up that she can't even hear anything. She usually ends up doing things that are too dangerous or hurtful or doing something that could break or hurt someone else. She is literally bouncing off of the walls and acts like she is going crazy!
I feel like I have tried everything and I can not figure out how to get through to her when she is acting like this.
I also do not know WHY she is acting this way. I get that she is excited and all, but the way she acts is totally overboard. She is uncontrollable.
I hate seeing her like that because I feel so helpless and I feel like a bad mom for not being able to get her to settle down. It is also rather embarrassing and I don't like seeing people annoyed with her.
Does anyone have any advice on how I can handle this or why she is acting this way??
Of course I love Lily to pieces, and I want to let her be herself, but she needs to learn that there are boundaries and we have to be respectful of others and of other people's things and property.
Also, when Lily gets this way, Jonah and Kate see what she is doing and start acting up as well. If you pluck Lily out of the situation, Jonah and Kate would be just fine and well behaved, but with Lily in there, all 3 start acting up and it just becomes way too much and too stressful for me to handle.