Gotta Move

| October 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

Once I came across Big Bro at the table, working on an activity page like this.

I’m sure he started out seated. He was focused on his activity, but it looks like the rest of him was trying to take off (that’s my guess, at least).

Big Bro enjoys many sedentary activities such as dot-to-dots, jigsaw puzzles and avoiding getting dressed in the morning. But even then, they’re often done hanging over the arm of the couch, upside down or maybe in some sort of yoga pose. That can’t be comfortable, I think to myself, even if kids are pretty bendy.

I mean, you read all the time about how kids need to move. Run, jump, climb trees and all that. You can see that need in them. Even mellow kids like mine. It seems like, once the wiggles kick in, they can’t be avoided.

(Reminds me of my old Kindergartners; once they started pulling their pants up and looking at their knees, you know someone was going to be inchworm-crawling across the floor in a minute, so the assembly better wrap up).

One day, Big Bro excitedly set a goal of reading twenty books in a row with me. Brought in the big pile with great anticipation about how awesome this would be. He was determined to reach that goal, even if things were going awry after about four books:

During Skype calls, my parents could be cardboard cut-outs compared to the scene on our end; one of squirmy boys climbing on the couch and off the couch and on the couch and off the couch and a flip over my shoulder and a few laps with the wagon and then a backward somersault off the couch again. Not hyper, but always on the go, even if they’re not going anywhere. I can’t believe how little they stay in one spot.

It’s some sort of life irony that the ones with the least responsibility have the most energy. Kids are just not meant to sit very long, even if they plan on it. They just gotta move… so even when they’re colouring, it might have to be in a downward dog pose.

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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Family, Kids, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Victoria Ess says:

    Haha this is so true!

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    yes, I loved that phase, all that energy and nowhere to channel it. Wish I had half as much at my age as my kids had when they were young 🙂

  3. kathy downey says:

    This is just so true lol

  4. kathy downey says:

    My grandson is in that i call the strange performance stage now,you just never know what you will find him perched lol

  5. Jason says:

    An elderly man once told me when i was concerned my son was a little late in walking; “son dont worry about it….2-3 years teaching them to walk will only mean 16-18 years of trying to get them to sit down.” I never knew how much this would mean to me.

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