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124: Parenting Thoughts (III)

On the wisdom of falling down.

Jeremy Finch
Jeremy Finch
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124: Parenting Thoughts (III)

In this series :
Part 2
Part 1

Our son is approaching ~18 months.

He is a curious, playful creature.


He's been teaching us a ton:
Especially about bodies and movement.

Babies are underrated movement teachers.

He inspires me to spend more time outside.

To explore and play.
To reconnect with my childhood interests.


Parenting is a physically-demanding job.

It requires strength, mobility, endurance.
Parents lift, carry, reach, twist, grab - many times per day.

Lately, he's been inspiring us to spend more time with him on the ground.

Squatting, scooching, sitting, laying down.

Babies have an incredible ability to watch and mimic.


So far, his movement choices seem largely functional, and goal-oriented.

  • He slides to bring us things
  • He climbs because he wants to grab / see
  • He rolls over because he doesn't like us wiping his butt

He watches us carefully.
And we observe him back.


Inspiration flows both ways.


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Toddlers fall and get back up.

They're incredibly resilient.


All of us were babies
( at one point )


I wonder  

What have adult bodies forgotten?






Update
Thanks for your replies!

125: Reader Mailbag (XVI)
Your responses re: toddler wisdom.





Parts I and II :

099: Parenting Thoughts (I)
Reflections on becoming a father.
105: Parenting Thoughts (II)
The little guy is teaching us a lot.



Related :

084: Sitting Without Furniture
Ten alternatives to sitting in chairs.
044: Soccer Thread
A deep-dive into the beautiful game ⚽
104: Leaping Cats
A slow motion movement study.
007: Climbing / Jumping
A flying leap. And Bertrand Russell.
072: Wrists and Hands
Six exercises for your wrists and hands.







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