What is personality? “It is a set of individual differences that are affected by the development of an individual: values, attitudes, personal memories, social relationships, habits, and skills.” This also including gross motor skills.
I wonder, how much each skill affects our children’s personality?
My kids could not avoid their physical therapist mama teaching them rolling, sitting, crawling. They could have learned on their own but I wanted to give them a head start in locomotion. The results were very different. They both taught me many valuable if very different lessons.
My daughter, a very strong girl, (my perpetual mover) thrived so well with the extra training, her gross motor skills developed so fast, that she crawled at 5 and ½ months. However, my laid back, low muscle tone son would not even sit independently by 7 and ½ months but decided to show off a skill set of sitting, crawling and pull to stand all in one day. Clearly their genetically given muscular tone, balancing skills affected how and when they learned to sit and crawl.
Up to this day, my children’s gross motor skills are vastly different. They also have very different personalities, different interests in sports and almost every area.
Is our personality a collection of skills or does our personality directs the development of our skills?
This question has been bothering me for years and I still don’t have a definite answer. My experience working with a couple of hundred kids has helped me figured out one answer to the puzzle. That is, good gross motor skills will help bring out any child’s true personality.
A child with weak gross motor skills is more likely to be shy than a child with strong gross motor skills. A touch of aggression could be found in children who are strong muscularly but lack perfection in one or more of their other gross motor skills.
Gross motor skills are not the only skills that affect our personality. If a child has difficulties with speaking, drawing, writing, thinking, ext. then that child can often feel inferior and could behave shyly or aggressively. However, gross motor skills are the foundation to many of the above-mentioned skills. I am always thrilled to see how a child’s confidence boosts and personality blossoms when he/she learns a new skill that was previously difficult.
It is important to keep an eye on the skill development of our children.
It is impossible for a parent to know all the skills that a child will need for life. This is where PhysicalTtherapists, Occupational Therapists, Language Pathologists, and Teachers can help.
If you have any questions or concerns, take your child to see one of these specialists to be evaluated and see how they can help.
Helping your child develop his/her best motor and other skills is not always easy. Look for your child’s strengths and nurture them. See your child’s weaknesses and help him/her overcome them.
Believe in your child. If he or she is struggling with something, look for help. Search, read, consult.
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