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Draw.

Drawing outside. Who says you have to be inside to draw? Give your boys some paper and crayons or markers and send him outside in the shade. Give them a theme if they can’t get started: a tree, a flower, a bird, the car or simply tell them to draw something they see outside. Why…

Swing.

   Swing. Right up there with throwing the football and climbing a tree, swinging is a foundational developmental necessity of childhood. Mom may not understand all the science behind it but she knows that there is something important about that swing. The vestibular system is very important in a child’s development and nothing activates it…

Go to the ATM every day!

We covered a lot of info last week on the developmental needs of children. If you are like me, it is hard to remember all the dentist appointments, school meetings and groceries, so how am I going to remember the three most important developmental ingredients to my child’s day?  Remember ATM ( Attachment, Touch, Movement) every…

Climb a tree.

Climb a tree. I know it may feel a little dangerous for mom,  but tree climbing (or climbing anything) it is a childhood developmental milestone and is a skill that your child should practice on a regular basis.  This takes some practice and chances are that if he doesn’t spend much time outside he has…

Football.

Football in the front yard. Who needs a football field to play football? The front yard will do just fine. This is a classic outside boy opportunity to get moving. Every boy should know how to catch a football and practice is key for the huge developmental benefits not to mention getting loads of energy…

Bikes.

Bike riding with friends.  One of the most fun outside things your child can do is bike riding! Every boy needs to master the skill of riding bikes with friends. It accomplishes so many developmental tasks: balance, coordination, social skills, accomplishment, goal setting and confidence. Bike riding  builds neuronal pathways that will benefit him for…

Nature.

Overstimulated, isolated, sedentary, anxious, depressed children can get that way from staying in the house all day. This may happen because: Many parents are overanxious about their kids getting hurt and they think that their kids are safer in the house. Parents don’t understand the benefits of outdoor play. Moms can’t take their screens outside…

Movement.

Children can’t learn if they don’t move. Many moms don’t fully understand the scientific importance of movement in our child’s life. We may see it more as a behavior issue and mistakenly equate being still to being obedient. But movement is critical for healthy brain development.  There is exciting research on the importance of movement,…

Touch.

Touch is the second critical requirement for healthy child development according to Occupational Therapist Cris Rowan. She describes it this way, “Adequate touch helps a child to know where their body is in space, and is important for helping a child to feel calm and relaxed. A child who is deprived of touch exhibits anxiety,…