Today I kept A at home (he goes to nursery)……..because I can. Sometimes I feel that I miss out on skills he developed while I wasn´t “looking”. Being at home gives me that opportunity to observe him well and possibly give him some other activities to build on his new skills. Of course today it was climbing on the sofa, on the coffee table, his high chair and anything with an elevated surface. Whilst it is stressfull to watch him every minute, it gives him a great opportunity to learn about his limitations and abilities. His confidence has grown and whilst in the beginning he would fall and look for me, he now tries until he gets it right. The other day we went to the local pine park where there was a little hill. He was so determined to walk up and down without falling, nothing could stop him. After a few tumbles, a few slips and lots of mud (this process took a good 20 minutes) he mastered his own little mountain with a very big grin on his face and no tears. He was ready to move on and kick his ball.
At home it is very tempting to switch on the tv to keep him entertained and our furniture and belongings intact, but developing his motor skills are incredibly important for his brain development. A recent study has shown that children who exercised regularly had a larger sized Hippocampus,a region in the brain associated with learning and memory (Brain Research, 2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.brainres.2010.08.049). In addition the first 3-5 years are associated with rapid brain growth and development so starting a good habit early can only pay off later. We spend 1 hour a day walking or just being outdoors come rain or shine, and although A is only 19 months old, he can handle this hour with ease as we started this routine so early. Exercise is not just for keeping fit and staying slim, it has far reaching effects on our well-being. The best way to start good habits like eating well and exercise is to start early so it is part of your make-up.Make a committment today to get your child outside every day….take small steps and start with 10 minutes. I will also provide daily tips on what we eat, so hopefully we can inspire others to eat well too!
Our eating Plan for the day
Breakfast – wholegrain cereal with fruit
Snack – unsweetened natural yoghurt with banana
Lunch – cheese sandwhich and two strawberries
Snack – wholegrain biscuit with yoghurt and half a pear
Dinner – Brown rice with grilled salmon, steamed carrots & broccoli
Bedtime – Milk (sometimes)
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