Menampilkan postingan dari Mei, 2019


Well, it's finally here. The Olympics! The greatest display of skill, strength, speed, stamina, sportsmanship, and the human spirit on the planet! Like all Olympic fans, I plan to spend the next two weeks with my jaw in the fully-dropped position, watching unthinkable feats of physical perfection. And if you're like me, chances are you'll find yourself asking, "how did they do that?"

So, as my tribute to The Games, throughout the next couple of weeks let's rewind the tape... all the way back to early childhood... and go find out where all of that skill, strength, speed, stamina, sportsmanship, and spirit got started.


Archery may not be one of the "prime time" sports of The Games, but boy does it take exceptional skills that all begin in early childhood...

BALANCE. Now, of course, you're saying to yourself isn't STILLNESS the first order of business in archery? And it is. But the precursor to stillness is balance.

And bala…


The Olympics are in full swing and as always, the swimming pool has been full of nail-biting finishes, broken records, and a new Olympic champion of champions. Congratulations to America's Michael Phelps on his remarkable achievement. And to all the fish in the golden Olympic pond this year, swim on!

As part of our on-going tribute to The Games, let's take a look at what's happening as little fish get their first feel for the water...

AN INTRODUCTION TO WATER No matter the age, comfort and confidence in the water is a mandatory first step in achieving safety, relaxation, proficiency, and enjoyment in the water. So I strongly recommend a professional "Introduction to the Water" class for all children new to getting wet. And no matter how experienced a swimmer you are, I believe the most effective experiences are parent-child classes that give you important safety and relaxation techniques while being your child's most trusted guide... just as you do every day on …


New Zealand won its first gold of The Olympics today in Double Sculls. Congratulations Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan for showing the world how it's done! Go Team New Zealand!

So, in keeping with our tribute to The Olympic Games, let's take a look at how a rowing team is formed...

SYNCHRONICITY No matter how many oars you've got in the water, if they're not all rowing in the same direction, you'll never get anywhere. That's why rowing teams work to perfect synchronicity.

But how does a child just discovering the world learn to sync up with that world? Well, of course, it starts with you...

IMITATION The goal of rowing as a team is to row as one... perfectly mirroring -- imitating -- each other's every precise movement stroke after stroke.

Young infants do much the same with us. Driven by an innate need to fit into their environment, they want to become like us, which means trying to move like us.

Imitation starts by observing you and your family with his eyes, …


I'm so pleased to introduce Wendy Pirie, our first-ever guest blogger. Wendy is part of the Moving Smart family in the Hawke's Bay area, joining us a year ago after completing her Masters in Perceptual Motor Development. Wendy works with schools, preschools, parents, and children and, like me, is a lifelong advocate of children's natural wiggling, giggling way of learning!

We all know that most Olympians have spent a fair share of their lives in the gym, in the pool, or on the track preparing for their Olympic moment. They embody dedication to perfection. But when you compare that training regimen to what a preschooler goes through everyday, it's just possible our Olympians need to take a few more laps if they want to  keep up with our little ones.

The other day I had the pleasure of participating in the Gumboots Kindergarten tribute to the Olympics! This is a photograph of my son Carter jumping his very first hurdle! Like an Olympian, it's taken him years to perfect…



The other day, my
granddaughter had a sleepover and we were playing together for most of the
afternoon. I had to jump on a quick conference call so I stepped away for a few
minutes, leaving her happily playing princess in the living room.

When I came back I asked her what had happened while I was gone. But she didn't answer me.
I asked again. Still no answer.

And then I
realized she wasn't in my living room any more. In that short time she had
transported herself to a world she created all for herself... a world called


There are essential
bodies of research on the subject of play. (If you
want to read more on the topic, I've listed a few of my favorites below.) But in a nutshell, the research adds up to one simple,
organic, and time-honored truth. Play is
the most important thing a child can do to expand her mind, body, and sense of
because play gets the body up
and moving and the imagination out and exploring.

When a child enters in…