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.Β 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… πŸ™‚

6 thoughts on “LET YOUR KIDS FALL

  1. Wanda Luthman says:

    I was the worst at this. I was so over-protective. I do believe that from failure comes great learning. I have learned to let go. It was my daughter who kindly pushed me away that helped me see I needed to let go. She is so capable and strong. I’m so very proud of her. Great post! May I reblog please?

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  2. stomperdad says:

    We just need to be near enough to prevent serious injury. My wife and I differed in this. She wanted to prevent the fall from happening. That was her defense. If they don’t fall they don’t get hurt. My approach would be to watch from a safe distance where I could get to them quickly if they needed but in no way would I interfere. My 9 year old loves to climb trees and I love that he loves to. Sometimes he’ll holler down to me, “Dad, I’m stuck. Can you help?” My answer is always, “No”. If he got up there, he can get down. He’s managed to get himself down every time.

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