True confession.. becoming a new mom and being a serious type A personality has its challenges.
In those early days I felt an intense desire to do everything I could to help my new daughter succeed in life (yep.. very type a!), but I quickly became overwhelmed by all of the early childhood development information out there.
Can you relate mama?
I really wanted to do the best for my daughter, but, it didn’t take long before I hit analysis paralysis and gave up completely. There is so much to know, in fact there are whole careers dedicated to the understanding of these concepts.
Time is a precious commodity for moms, (as I am sure you well know) and I didn’t want to sacrifice my time with her, or my self-care time to become an early childhood development expert!
Now, years later, my children are older and need less for me I am really beginning to see that there were more simple things I could have done.. had I only known what needed to be done.
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The first article in the series was inspired by a comment on our new Felt Board post on Instagram stating that our felt board is great for vertical play.. so I did a little research and discovered there are a ton of benefits to vertical play! Here’s what I found:
The Benefits of Vertical Play for Kids
Build Up Kids Strength
Vertical play often conveniently happens when kids are standing which is a great way to support their gross motor skills development, promote good posture and neck positioning, as well as build core strength in their little tummies.
Promotes Kids Flexibility
Coordination Development in Children
Bilateral coordination and midline crossing are technical terms describing activities where an arm or leg crosses over the center line of the body to the opposite side, which in turn connects both sides of the brain. Vertical play encourages children to complete tasks on opposing sides of their body.
We humans use these midline crossing activities to perform everyday tasks like dressing, eating, and reading!