Your Active Child: How to Boost Physical, Emotional, and Cognitive Development through Age-Appropriate Activity

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9780071405584: Your Active Child: How to Boost Physical, Emotional, and Cognitive Development through Age-Appropriate Activity

A guide to protecting children under eight years old from becoming either lethargic or high-strung

Today, many children fall into one of two categories, neither of which is healthy: one group is almost entirely inactive, and the other spends most of their "free" time in highly structured, overly stressful competitive sports that are age-inappropriate.

As an expert on children's movement and development, and as a consultant to the Children's Television Workshop, Gymboree, YMCA of the USA, and other groups, Rae Pica shows how the right kinds of activities increase children's enjoyment of physical activity for a lifetime. With straight talk on what works, what doesn't, and why, Pica teaches parents:

  • Why raising a Super Kid is as dangerous as raising a Couch Potato
  • Unique activity ideas and the benefits of "cooperative activities"
  • How to recognize when a child is too active or not active enough
  • Why competitive sports programs aren't the answer
  • And much more

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"Rae Pica has put together a wonderful resource of information and advice for parents on movement, physical activity, motor skills, fitness, sports, and good old 'active play'! In its pages parents, educators, and health professionals will find the answers to important questions that come up over and over again."
--Christine L. Williams, M.D., M.P.H., professor of clinical pediatrics, Columbia University, and author of Healthy Start

"Rae Pica provides practical information that will help parents make good choices to benefit the 'whole development' of young children, both physically, socially/emotionally, and intellectually."
--Dr. Rebecca Isbell, director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development, East Tennessee State University

"This book is one of the finest, most comprehensive resources on why children need to move. It is packed with real-world practical suggestions and fits with the latest brain research. Bravo!"
--Eric Jensen, author of Teaching with the Brain in Mind

"A wealth of information that enables parents to be a vital part of their child's healthy development."
--Rhonda Clements, president of the American Association for the Child's Right to Play

You may be surprised to discover that too much or too little activity are equally damaging to young children. In Your Active Child, Rae Pica helps you instill a genuine love for physical activity early in your child's life. She outlines many age-appropriate activities and play based on the stage of your child's development, from infancy to preadolescence.

Your Active Child covers:

  • How to keep children active and busy without having them "burn out"
  • The Five Fitness Factors to age-appropriate activity
  • The falsehoods involved in giving babies a "head start" by enrolling them in infant swim and exercise programs
  • Types of toys and games that are age-appropriate and effective in your child's physical development
  • Tips for getting sedentary children to be active without overwhelming them or hurting them physically
  • Game ideas and fun activities for infants through eight-year-olds

About the Author:

Rae Pica is a movement education consultant and the founder of Moving &Learning. She is an adjunct faculty with the kinesiology department at the University of New Hampshire, and is a frequent keynote speaker at professional and academic conferences.

She is also the author of Experiences in Movement and the YMCA Preschool Movement and Health Program.

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