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What you'll realize when your dearest "energy bombs" will begin to teleport anywhere in your home, is that being a parent is more or less a sport. We should stimulate their physical development and follow their progress in order to encourage the formation of a healthy and energetic person.


Although it is not an Olympic sport, parental care will make you crouching down, crawling, climbing and trotting about anytime and anywhere. There are no rules, no judges, only a constant challenge to be at low start.

New parents need to know that their child's physical development will always follow a general pattern, but each individual child has its own time frame in which certain segments of the motor system will activate.

Sometimes seven-month baby can crawl, while others of the same age are not yet ready to keep balance on all fours.

In some other case, you'll find a five-year-old child, who according to his physical development and features looks like as it's still four years old, while others may look like they're school age.

Physical development up to 6 months

At this age your child will demonstrate the ability to distinguish the external stimuli. While lying on its back, it will begin to stretch and flex its arms and legs. It would also raise its head when turned on its stomach and, probably, by this age it can independently flip sideways.

Physical development from 6 to 18 months

It can control its body and arms; it can sit without a support, crawl and it increases the control of the legs and feet. To your joy, at this age babies freely crawl on the floor trying to stand up, and after all attempts they succeed in taking their first steps and start walking. They easily maintain balance, reach for objects on the floor, lift them up and stand up again with no problem.

Physical development from 18 to 24 months

At this age, children show greater physical independence. Walking is already a perfected method of transport, even on stairs if they are its obstacle. If you encourage your child, its coordination in walking will crystallize with each passing day. Provide conditions for physical activity such as climbing on bed or getting down of it or any similar obstacles.

Physical development from 2 to 3 years

Walking up and down is already an everyday experience; your child will start running, throwing a ball with hands overhead and thus maintain the balance, kick balls, jumping on one leg, etc.. It will also begin to sit independently on a chair, and it will start using a fork and a spoon while eating. Urge him to make a few steps on toes or to skip obstacle without losing balance, that way you will stimulate and encourage the development of its balance. You can sit your child on a bike and encourage it to turn the pedals.

Physical development from 3 to 4 years

At this age a child can ride a tricycle or a bicycle with training wheels. It also maintains balance while running, so engage it in running and various pursuit games because at this age children move both

forward and backward without difficulty. Add also ball games with other children included. Therefore, provide enough space for your child where it can enjoy playing soccer, tennis and various other individual and group activities.

Physical development from 4 to 6 years

At this age, running is stable and fast and with rare falls. Children can jump backwards on one foot and they find easier coordinating complex movements even when they climb on various devices and obstacles. They are able to use various seesaws, different devices, ropes, drive roller skates, etc.

With the help of physical activities, children easily accept new challenges, make new friends and learn how to set goals. They learn about their own responsibility and how to be responsible towards others also.

Therefore, the best way is to create closeness with your child by interacting through plays, reading activities, recreation and sporting together. It will certainly make them happy and fulfilled.

Their energy is inexhaustible, their curiosity insatiable, their squeals always too loud, but that's the way children grow.

Therefore, you need to be aware that instead of high heels and costumes, you need to wear more often trainers and comfortable tracksuits; and instead of coffee and shopping, you should go more often with your favorite athletes in outdoor parks and wherever you can visualize an arena for your small gladiators.

26 November 2012

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