Bumps and Bruises

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  1. I know that all children need space to explore and grow and build self-confidence, but can I unequivocally state that I may not survive motherhood because of the heart attacks my kids seem duty bound to give me!


My one-year-old just can’t seem to get it through her head that the oven handle, the banister and basically all the rest of the furniture is NOT her personal jungle gym.  On top of which my four-year-old has taken to jumping from couch to coffee table in an effort to prove he can fly…he cannot.  Seeing this my dear girl has decided that not only should she try to leap from the furniture too but that a graceful swan dive will earn her the most attention.  Has anyone successfully built a toddler sized hamster ball!?!  I may want to invest.


One way that I have been able to curb this newly discovered love of jumping off furniture is by “rediscovering” my old “workout equipment.” I found an exercise ball and a Bosu that I bought pre-kids (and have been collecting dust in the corner of the basement) and let the kids have fun bouncing on them.  My daughter is too small for the exercise ball but loves to crawl on/jump off/turn over the Bosu and my son likes to roll over the ball and “superman” off the ball.  So far keeping them closer to the ground has resulted in a few less bumps and bruises plus I feel just a little better that these old items are getting used, albeit not by me.  One day…one day.


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