Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Teaching your child to run

Eloise runs like Phoebe on Friends. I'm not kidding. Anyone who has ever seen Eloise run, knows what I'm talking about. She flails her arms and her legs whip out to the side. And she looks to the side when she runs or walks. We frequently say, "Look up" (meaning look straight ahead) this results in her looking up to the sky.

How do you teach your child to run properly? Or do you just leave this topic alone and hope that they will outgrow this hilarious looking stride or hope they don't turn out for the track team. I'm thinking this lack of coordination has more to do with her extremely fast growth in height than it does her true running skills

On the same token, how do you teach them to pay attention when they are walking. Eloise has a knack for running into walls, people at the mall, tables, you name it, she runs into it. It's exhausting having to pay attention for 2 of us. I need some ideas.

6 comments:

TcH said...

get her a stroller, or a harness.

ha ha

gee, Im helpful

Anonymous said...

She'll figure it out on her own! It's totally developmentally appropriate for her to be all over the place right now! And it will happen again, about four and a half to five - as I can attest too!
Kate

Shelby said...

Eloise sounds JUST like Jess. Bless them....lol

jono said...
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jono said...

I love your blog! I can't wait to see her run first hand. She sounds like such a sweetheart!
Aimee

Dena said...

HEY KATE--Dena here. I have been reading your blog for a few weeks and have been highly entertained. your girls are SO cute. SO you guys. i love it.

and as for advice...I'm not sure you actually "teach" your kids to run. I think they just figure it out. But let me know how that works out.

~Dena (Leib) Dunn