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Climb a Tree with Me

As a parent, we celebrate our children’s first gross motor milestones. The first time they roll over, the first time they crawl, those precious first steps. But then the baby book runs out of pages.Our children become stable on their feet and we are more likely to complain about their new physical feats. Climbing out of the cot, scaling the bookcase, or in my house, escaping out of the ground floor window! We probably should be celebrating these achievements. Maybe not encouraging a fast route to injury or applauding an escape attempt but appreciating a commitment to physical self-development that most adults would envy. Toddlers and young children constantly challenge themselves. They push their bodies to the limit, fall down, get back up and find new ways to get where they want to be. Their resilience and tenacity is impressive but as they get older and master the skills, they…