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Overly Excited 4-Year-Old
My daughter just turned 4, but this behavior has been going on for a few months. Whenever people visit or we run into people we know out and about, she gets overly excited and acts out. She has no idea how to channel this excitement and starts acting inappropriately. She will poke, hit, hug until someone falls over, calls them names and even licks... all with a big smile. She just gets so excited that she doesn't know what to do with herself. We keep telling her when you are happy and excited to see someone, tell them and do a silly dance to get your sillies out. It's not working. Otherwise, she is a great, well-behaved child who is a joy to be around. Any ideas on how to handle this bizarre behavior?
Is she otherwise well socialized? Does she go to preschool? If so, this behvaior seems a little odd. If not, she needs more social interaction with other people. You can talk to her pediatrician to get some good suugestions for how to handle this.
Take her to the park. Point out good role models. Tell her, "See that girl over there. She doing _______ so wonderfully. I am proud of you when you behave the same way." Take all the opportunities you can to model, tell or teach her what you expect and what is appropriate behavior.