When a child hollers don’t tell him or her to be still or be quiet. The child doesn’t know what you mean. He or she is merely experimenting with a voice that they have just begun to hear and hearing it in many different ressonances can be so exciting. Ever watch the face of a child while they experiment with voice. They smile with a joy and a pride which would not be seen if we told them to be still or punished them for their loudness. They learned in the womb how to kick and move their little bodies. And coming out of the womb they started to watch their bodies move. As their eyesight increased they could watch their fingers and toes wiggle. They could feel their legs move and the muscles start to contract. They didn’t know what happening, they just knew it was happening.
The beautiful thing is we don’t have to teach them. They already know how. We just have to give them the opportunity to kick and roll over and yell their little hearts out. They calm down on their own. They have to. They get tired. We all do. But when the human being is offered the freedom to explore, our self-confidence soars. Did you ever watch a young baby be put in warm salt water. For them it is like returning to the womb where it was warm all the time and there was a constant freedom to learn.
There is a wonderful wellness centre in Kamloops, British Columbia where warm salt water is available for babies. Babies can come with their mothers or fathers or both and learn to move they way they did in the womb. It doesn’t take long for a baby to start gentle kickings while the parent holds them and praises them for the wonderful movements they are creating and what a thrill to watch them excel and gain the confidence they need to go on with their lives. We, as parents, need to gain the strength to grow with our children.