The most experienced part of our lives is – failure. Failure so that we can rise up, learn and don’t repeat the same things again. The same thing goes with children. Let your little ones fall and it’s OK for them to fall. When children fall, they learn to get back up all by themselves and wipe them off. Falling is also a part of the learning process for your child. As kids fall, their brain learns to adapt and tries to moderate changes in hand and leg movements. As they fall more and more, and get practice of it, they prevent themselves from falling by shifting their body weight to the other side.These adaptive responses help children organize incoming sensations, to create a more mature brain.
Cautioning the child is a very common thing one does, when a child tries to explore foreign territories like climbing stairs, or climbing some new obstacles saying, “don’t fall, take care.” However, cautioning them and giving warnings to your child can confuse them. Most of the time, the child is already being cautious and carefully assessing the environment on their own, as they navigate the foreign terrain. In fact, giving too many verbal commands can make the child more cautious and fearful with movement–hindering them from fully developing as nature intended.
If children get too many auditory cues, this takes away from their ability to use the essential senses of vision, muscle sense, and balance–all critical when walking and running around new obstacles.
If we try to prevent all falls, even the little ones–children may not learn how to adapt their bodies to falling.Kids need to challenge themselves and take risks in order to fully develop their bodies and brains. Our job is to keep them safe; ironically, that means letting them fall from time to time.
So, next time don’t take tension your little one falls. Let him/her fall and learn… 🙂