After birth, apart from the natural resting time and the sleeping time, an infant moves in a general way. Toes move, fingers move, eyes, head, until the child gains more and more control. Crawling, taking its first steps... are major markers of different stages.
Why, then, do many adults insist in trying to reduce movement in children? Why the insistence in children being sitting, being quiet, and not being their natural selves?
Now, I do understand there are children who have a higher need for movement, and are sometimes classified as hyperactive (commonly referred as "hyper" child). But if you read the list of symptoms for a child with ADHD, most of the symptoms have to do with "excessive movement". When I grew up, some 50 years ago, movement was natural and expected, and life revolved around it. We climbed trees, rode our tricycles, and later our bikes, ran, pushed, pulled, wrestled, etc. Today, with life more restricted in small apartments and with insecurity outside our doors, more and more children are limited in their movement.
Til the next one!