Introduction

Introduction
She runs, jumps, does somersaults, climbs, throws a ball, over and over and over. Your child is a bundle of endless energy! Even if it sometimes leaves you gasping for breath, it’s completely normal for your child to be so active, because in order to thrive, she needs to move.

She runs, jumps, does somersaults, climbs, throws a ball, over and over and over. Your child is a bundle of endless energy! Even if it sometimes leaves you gasping for breath, it’s completely normal for your child to be so active, because in order to thrive, she needs to move.

Movement is your child’s first means of expression. As a baby, she tenses up her body when she has a tummy ache. She bends and unbends her knees when she’s happy or upset. She wiggles when she wants to be put down. Later, she’ll jump with joy or roll on the floor in a temper tantrum. In fact, before age eight, your child will have a hard time controlling her need to move. We call this stage “the golden age of motor development.”

Running, climbing and jumping are also ways to channel energy, release tension and reduce aggression,” notes Claude Dugas, who teaches Human Kinetics at Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières. “This is why when constantly ask a child to stay calm, they do exactly the opposite.”