Having a second baby has made me ponder over all the things I wish I had done differently with Gavin. It seems like there are so many things I want to do with Gareth that I never did with Gavin. Going through it for the second time is good and bad, though. On the one hand, I feel more confident about handling Gareth, on the other, I’m not sure about the unpredictability of having to factor in an older child into the picture.
One of the things I’ve been thinking about is a book I am currently reading by Glenn Doman called “How to Teach Your Baby to be Physically Superb”. Although I always joked that I wanted Gavin to the future world champion golfer, it seems we aren’t making any real headway because Gavin has zero interest in golf and looks more inclined to be the bookworm than a sportsperson.
Although I’d always assumed it was a personality thing, after discovering the results from the learning style quiz I did for Gavin I’ve come to a different conclusion. If he really is a kinesthetic learner then the only reason for his present disinterest in sports is probably more related to my style of upbringing rather than a lack of interest. Instead of spending all our time in the shopping malls, I should have been visiting the parks and playgrounds.
There are also a lot of activities you can do with a baby to help develop his physical attributes. In “How to Teach Your Baby to be Physically Superb”, Doman writes about toddlers who can brachiate, climb trees and other remarkable physical acts that we often assume young children are too “fragile” for.
I’ve also heard of parents who teach their babies how to swim and there is a book under the Doman series that covers this topic. Although it was something I always wanted to do with Gavin, I never really knew how to go about it. And because I didn’t have enough information to go on, I didn’t want to risk harming him.
One of the obvious benefits of having a young child who is capable of swimming and performing these physical feats is the fact that we don’t have to worry so much about them drowning or getting hurt as they climb all manner of things. Having the confidence and the ability to do these things means they can stay out of trouble.
I often want to give Gavin a freer reign to take more “risks” to encourage his physical development but his grandparents and father would probably kill me if Gavin so much as scrapes a knee. To know how to encourage physical development in a controlled environment sounds to me like a much better way of going about it.
I haven’t finished reading the book “How to Teach Your Baby to be Physically Superb“, but I will write more about it soon. Alternatively, you can grab your own copy and read it for yourself.