2 November 2016

How To Prevent Injuries, Starting At A Very Young Age

Although my work is normally in the corporate world, many of my clients are also parents, so my next book (almost finished and due for release very soon) is Getting A Grip On Parenting Time: 86 Commonsense Lessons from the Trenches. The research for it, apart from my own ‘in the trenches with 6 kids and 17 grandchildren’ personal experiences, has led to some fascinating conversations.

One such was a discussion with Sophie Foster, the founder of Jumping Beans, a New Zealand-based baby gym programme that teaches very small children physical literacy. She opened my eyes to the many studies linking physical activity with academic learning.

It has been discovered that movement is the foundation of learning. In the first five years, as brain pathways form, if pre-schoolers are taught how to climb, roll and tumble safely this provides the building blocks for many other aspects of development.

Benefits of developing physical literacy:

Tiny children can learn to control their bodies while they learn fundamental movement skills such as locomotion, springing and landing, and manipulative skills like ball throwing and catching.

  • They learn how to safely engage with others, to take turns and to be part of a team.
  • It teaches the children skills that help minimise accidents – a form of future-proofing, if you like.
  • It builds parental confidence to let them engage in healthy rough-and-tumble, instead of falling into the modern trap of cocooning and cotton-wool wrapping their children.
  • Even more importantly, it also builds resilience and self-control.

Consider this

It might not be a structured programme such as Jumping Beans, but how much time do your children spend playing outside? It’s relatively easy for country children to be active outside, but many town children spend inordinate amounts of time glued to technology.

Keep them active – outside where possible. It’s healthy and they’ll learn far more.

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Florence needs your help

Florence Hartigan is a talented young Kiwi singer/songwriter with a beautiful voice and heart-touching songs. She’s now based in the US and working really hard to get noticed in the music world. She’s also daughter to Sophie Foster, mentioned above.

She’s currently ranked 120 out of 8,000 in a people’s choice competition which ends Nov 8th. I would love you to check out her stunning voice at bit.ly/watchflosvids – by doing so you’ll help her rankings. No voting is required; all you need to do is watch and enjoy. If you choose to share her via social media, the tags to use are FlorenceHartigan #GuitarCenter #GCSSW6.  The prize would be life changing for Flo: $25,000, a 4 song EP, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel, and a chance to work with some top musicians in the States.

 

A version of this article also appears in Robyn’s regular NZ Herald Online column

Robyn Pearce (known as the Time Queen) runs an international time management and productivity company, operating from New Zealand. Get your free report ‘How To Master Time In Only 90 Seconds’ and ongoing time tips at www.gettingagrip.com  


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