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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Watching


Have you ever taken time to watch a baby process new territory?  All their senses become heightened as they become fully present with the situation before them.  For a moment, they ignore the outside world in order to conquer the thing before them.

As we took our twins outside this fall, there was a new world before them with new obstacles.  The obstacles before my girls are insignificant to us, but required new functions of their brain—like spacal awareness and muscle memory.  Some of their obstacles ranged from uneven sidewalks, gaps between the sidewalk and the road, and curbs.  My husband and I watched in amazement as our daughter Ellianna tired to navigate the end of our driveway.  The driveway ends with a slight dip before connecting with the street.  The dip is there for drainage purposes.  However, to our 15-month-old, it was an obstacle to conquer.  Her first attempt to getting over this obstacle looked like this…she got down onto her hand and knees and crawled backwards across it to get to the street. On her second attempt she tried to walk over it, but held our hand to navigate the unsteadiness she experienced walking down the slope.  On her third attempt, she staggered across it on her own.  Now she conquers that dip with great ease and grace.  Her little body and mind were able to figure out how to walk over a dip in the road with only a few tries

The vastness of our children’s brains amazes us.  Sometimes we find ourselves just watching them as they process something new.  We chuckle at how they approach something and then stare in utter amazement at how they developed the needed knowledge to do what they wanted to do.  (Like climb a stool to get on top of the dresser to play in the fish tank!)

My hope is that we (adults/parents) take moments to watch our children as they conquer the world before them.  That we don’t automatically jump in and try to help them but that we sit back and watch our children process through the obstacles before them on their own.

by Christina Mroz, Baby Holy Yoga Director & Kids' Holy Yoga Teacher

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