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Exercises for Your Child - Parenting

Why are kids so energetic? They travel from one room to another, from one border to another, from something that is known to unknown things. Creeping under tables and sofas with almost daily bumps, bruises, and grazes is fairly normal. What can parents do to control it? Patience, composure and physical exercise.


Physical training makes for a purposeful expense of energy. You can also teach your child to control his or her body and movements in the process of physical training. Don’t forget that your child always finds out something new. At times, 40 minutes of exercise is not enough for him or her, and at other times 15 minutes is the perfect amount. Sometimes, however, a child doesn’t want to do anything.

Grown-ups are given the chance to have their vacations, and kids know when they need rest themselves. Sometimes they laze around for an hour or two; sometimes it’s even as long as a day. Sleep can also be a problem for a baby. Oftentimes it’s practically impossible to calm them until they use their reserve of energy. Very active kids become really unbearable –- irritable and capricious. After resting, however, they recuperate and become cheerful again. That’s why it’s a good idea to let your baby sleep when he or she wants, no matter what time of the day. He or she knows when sleep is necessary.


When children start walking (it usually happens at 10, 14 or even 18 months of age) the house turns upside-down – he or she is a very curious little person who you believe openly lacks the ability to think. The point is not in his or her “rationality.” A child’s perception differs from a grown-up. Everything that can be touched is touched and probed. If it can be put into the mouth, he or she tastes it. The chair that you sit on is a tower for a baby, and he or she tries to climb it. He or she needs to examine the plug that you use for your reading lamp to plug in. Open doors must be closed. In a word, a child familiarizes himself or herself with the world using the methods that are available for him or her. He or she wants to understand the new world where he or she will live for the remainder of life.


How can parents help their child? The most important thing is to teach him or her to control and use his or her body. Everyday physical exercises are very helpful; the baby becomes not only stronger due to the exercises, but also becomes resilient. And that means that he or she will have less abrasions and scratches.


One of the most important (and often underdeveloped) parts of a body is the muscles of the stomach. They are responsible for the posture of the body. If the muscles of the stomach are not well developed, body movement will suffer; that’s why exercises designed for strengthening these muscles are recommended on a daily basis. At first, this will be difficult for a child. As time goes by, however, he or she will do them easily. You will see how other movements of the body change as well, becoming more fluent because of strengthened abdominals.


It’s very difficult for a child to concentrate on something for longer than 15-30 seconds. Take this into account when you do exercises with your baby, and change exercises every 10-15 seconds. It will not only assist in developing coordination, but also guarantee the safety of the exercises. While one part of the body works, another rests; that’s why muscles don’t over-strain themselves. The change in exercises is also important for developing quick reactions of body and mind. Switching exercises in the beginning might seem impractical, but if you repeat these

exercises emphatically the baby starts developing before your very eyes.


Sometimes your child refuses to carry out your commands –- don’t worry about it. His or her brain is so overloaded with information and thoughts that he or she isn’t always available to react to your commands. Instead of persuading him or her to do the exercises alone, it’s helpful to train together. You both will derive benefits from it.
Many physical exercises require the use of outside objects. These means are simple and safe, and essentially vary the process of training. A ladder, for example, can be a multi-purpose apparatus. The child will climb the rungs with pleasure if you put his or her favorite toy or rattle on the other side. As soon as a child starts walking, let him or her step over the slats of the ladder (while it’s lying on the floor). It will make the child’s legs stronger and improve his or her coordination. Shortly afterwards, a child will be able to walk across the whole ladder while stepping on each footstep. Over the course of time, one end of the

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