Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Poor Muscle Tone in Toddlers - not in our house






I was reading about young children needing physical therapy for 'poor muscle tone'. Apparently some are so weak they can't hold a pencil.  Not so in our house: grandpa took charge of entertaining two of our littlies last week-end, (brother and sister) and they spent a happy couple of hours helping in the garden. No point wasting money on toy garden tools: they want to do exactly what you are doing, preferably with the tool you are using. Some are very determined. Witness Dylan (aged two) and Mia, five). However, it's hard not to spoil them with conventional presents at Christmas (one looks mean otherwise).  I try to stick to puzzles and creative things.  Our other grandson, aged six, is into Lego - but these days, not only is the Lego fiendishly expensive, but has branched out into whatever is the latest craze: at the moment it seems to be monster creatures - great to build but then they languish, ignored,  in an increasingly large pile in a corner of the bedroom. Grandpa needs to be watched though: I was showing my son through the kitchen window how nicely Dylan was helping grandpa when said son suddenly explained, "I see Dylan has got hold of an axe!" and rushed outside. NB Pics show Dylan hauling wheelbarrow first up quite a step and then pushing it into my flowerbed and lifting the front wheel out. Sorry can't make pics look right.

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  1. They are off to a good start. I liked the Lego movie because it was about how the specific kit-like trend is a perversion of what Legos are supposed to be--tools for the imagination.

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  2. "I see Dylan has got hold of an axe!" Ahhh! The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree. Make sure Dylan stays the hell of ladders. Its good to see kids being outside and "helping."

    I heard a piece on our public radio that doctors are now prescribing outdoor activities to over scheduled teens and kids. I liked when we were kids. We were just kids and there was a damned lot of us and nobody got the knickers into a knot about making sure we were genetically, socially, and intellectually perfect packages that only acceptance in the best schools will do. Children today have had the childhood stolen from them.

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    1. Absolutely agree. Our schools don't even have compulsory physical jerks/games any more. Shocking. NB - We are away for 12 days - back 17th Feb. Had to trim down our grand ideas for visiting America (poor currency here) - going on local cruise up to Madagascar - 7-night Valentine's. Looking forward to hubby benefiting from enforced rest.

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    2. Have a good trip, but don't let him rest too much. A vacation on Valentine's Day calls for some exercise. NB - Leave the dolphin at home.

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    3. Definitely have plans for that sort of exercise. Dolphin is actually in need of repairs......on the list.

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