Teach a Child to Walk: Don’t Rush

Teach a Child to Walk: Don’t Rush
August 01 17:00 2016

The safety of your child should be your foremost priority. There is no specific time set for your child to learn to walk. However, most babies learn to hold onto something solid and walk with the support of that object, between the ages of 6 to 12 months. Other than that, most babies learn to walk unaided when they are 15 to 16 months old, while others don’t even learn to take a step until they are two years old.
It is vital for you to teach your child to walk, without rushing to conclusions. The muscle development of every child is different, as well as the motor-skills, and the coordination. Therefore, your baby would learn to walk when he’s completely ready for it. Make sure that you do not rush your child into walking. Here are a few reasons why you should not rush into the teaching methods:

Safety

When you keep walking your child to make him walk on his own, he becomes less aware of his abilities and it gives him a false sense of balance, which can be dangerous. The babies, who are given space to move, develop and learn in a natural manner gain a self-knowledge, which keeps them safer. They calculate their moves carefully and make lesser reckless moves. It is safer for the child to learn to walk on its own, because this way the child starts taking steps when his body is ready, and only the child knows how his joints should align.

Preventing Dependency

When you walk a baby yourself, he would most likely get accustomed to walking as a habit. This would ultimately create unhealthy dependency. The child does not learn to balance its weight on its own. This develops a habit of an activity and the baby would be more interested in continuing this way, rather than learning to walk on its own. Therefore, try to teach the baby to hold onto something instead of walking him around everywhere, to avoid dependency. This way the child would drive his development himself, and thus, self-confidence is nurtured.

Independent Play

When the parent repeats the activity of walking the child, it becomes a distraction for the child. The child refrains from exploratory self-generated activities. You are basically restricting a child to learn on its own. Allowing the child to learn to walk on his own creates a sense of independence in him, and it also develops his self-confidence. The child happily develops its motor-skills, and tries to maintain its bodily balance itself by engaging with this activity on its own.

You do not have to follow your child around all day to make sure that he does not fall of while trying to walk on his own. Once the child falls off, using a certain walking technique, he would look for other ways to walk until he finally succeeds.

 

Teach a Child to Walk

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