The Wonder of Childhood on Summertime ~ What to do with all that expansive energy?

 

Sono-Ma brings Sonoma County parents an exciting, new, on-line resource:  The Wonder of Childhood. This on-line, monthly magazine is devoted to conscious and creative parenting, Waldorf education, homeschooling, deep nourishment, natural living and the celebration of life.

Sample the detailed, practical articles The Wonder of Childhood offers to deepen your understanding of  your child with this fabulous piece by Janet Allison on focusing summertime energy:

Summer is here! The kids are home!  WHAT do you do with them?!  Boys, especially, can simply FILL the house with their exuberance and energy.  And while there may be more outside time, there will still be those moments when he has to be indoors.

How can you channel his enthusiasm between your  four walls?

When our brains were evolving and we were becoming the male and female beings that we are today , males traveled over 12 miles each day, hunting for their tribe.  They were learning ‘on the hoof’ as they traveled and were expending the massive energy that testosterone had equipped them with.

When you wonder why your boy just can’t settle down …maybe he just hasn’t traveled his 12 miles for the day yet!

And if he is wound up, it may be that he is over-stimulated or over-whelmed (they often look the same).  Either way, this translates as stress, which his body responds to by releasing adrenaline and cortisol,  ramping up his energy even more. Water dilutes this cortisol cocktail in just 5 minutes.

What  does he need at home?  How can he walk those 12 miles in a socially-acceptable way?

Part of this begins with you and your attitude:  do you celebrate and guide his exuberance, giving him opportunities to put it to good use?  Or do you constantly nag and/or bribe and/or yell in an unsuccessful effort to keep him under control? FINISH READING THIS ARTICLE HERE.



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3 Responses

  1. Elizabeth Kaiser

    Posted: June 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm |

    Great ideas Holly, thanks for having this post. Would love more from Janet. We have a farm and still I sometimes find my 3.5 year old son with too much energy at the end of the day. Putting him to work moving compost is always the best for him. I appreciate the suggestions.

     

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