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124: Parenting Thoughts (III)

On the wisdom of falling down.

Jeremy Finch
Jeremy Finch
3 min read
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, on a daily basis.
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. I love it.

Babies have this 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 our adult bodies forgotten?

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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