So, this week I am just going to let it go and have a good little rant. I went to a wonderful conference this weekend that was a gathering of Waldorf Early Childhood Educators in my region, and it was said in this conference that childhood development is the best-kept secret in North America.
I would go a step further and say the development of how children move is under assault at ridiculous proportions. No one seems to see anymore the link between sensory- motor development and later academic success. No one seems to see the link between sensory- motor development and later emotional-social regulation. And no one seems to see the link between being comfortable in the body in childhood and how we later become healthy adults.
We have so much information out there and yet we have practically nothing at all that is developmentally appropriate. It is so frustrating!
We are seeing panic attacks in tiny children, anxiety and depression in our teenagers, rising obesity rates in our children, children whose fine motor skills at the kindergarten levels that are so far behind what we used to see in children entering kindergarten, and we are seeing children with sensory challenges and motor development issues across the board. And yet, somehow, all we can think about in this country is stuffing more information into these children with snippets of factoids and making sure they know how to press buttons on a computer and that they are satiated with every cheap material good that is around.
So, this week, come delve with me into the world of the child and how movement develops and what you should be looking for at home and what you can do to help your child thrive. I know I am probably preaching to the choir with those of you who read this blog, but perhaps together we can all lobby for change in the typical way childhood development is approached in North America, and yes, the world.