Balance is the foundation upon which all physical skills are built. Children experience balance first by controlling and “balancing” their head. The balance mechanism comes into play in a baby who tries to sit up without falling over.
Standing balance and walking with balance is evident by a proficient stride. Then there is balancing on one foot and also the ability to balance an object with a body part. Good balance practice comes into play when, oddly enough, a child is off balance and internal balance mechanisms are stimulated and the body works hard to regain its balance.
A wide base of support is helpful for good balance. Football players do this in their stance and babies learning to walk do this with their feet wide apart, sub-
consciously applying this principle.
So, even if high rope walking isn’t planned for your future for your child, balance abilities lay the foundation for graceful execution of daily skills.
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