I used to be wanting by means of our household photograph albums when my son plopped himself into my lap. (Full disclosure: I really like that he nonetheless does that.) He was about three years previous in that exact album and as we seemed by way of the pictures and I informed him tales, I noticed how a lot time he spent following me round. If I used to be within the kitchen, he was there. If I went into the laundry room, he was there. If I went on any chore, he was there. I recall questioning if my privateness and sanity have been ever going to return.
Life is a little totally different now. My son likes to do actions on his personal, and though he’ll typically inform me that he’s in a room as a result of he needs to be in the identical area I’m, for probably the most half, he has reached an age through which he isn’t following me round on a regular basis.
And as a result of I’m an irrational individual, I now miss him following me round. I additionally now know that I missed an enormous alternative with him, as toddlers move the same amount as their parents do. In a research that amazes me, researchers found that if mother and father transfer extra of their day, their toddlers will take their cue from them and do the identical. Similarly: If mother and father are extra sedentary throughout their day, their youngsters will comply with go well with.
The research was finished with preschoolers, however I’ve hope that my son continues to be at an age the place I can affect a few of his behaviors. So, I want to maneuver extra – if not for myself, then perhaps for my son.
Do you progress sufficient in the course of the day? Tell me in the comments.