So Tossing The Kids Around Is Actually Good For Them?
Now that I have your attention, yes wrestling with the kids tossing them into something soft or in the air, or jumping on the trampoline is actually good for them.
As a kid, I can remember wrestling with other kids, my cousins, and the adults tossing us in the air and swinging us around. For some reason, it seems like we did all of this silly stuff in the fall. Getting tossed into the leaf pile was one of those memories I have from my grandmother's house in Oklahoma, and she had a ton of leaves.
Here I am slinging my son on a slip-n-slide a few years ago when I had black hair.
I found a story on the website boredpanda.com where they talk about the benefits of playing like this with your kids. When your kids get flipped upside down tossed in the pool or spun around it helps develop their vestibular sense. This is what pathways.org had to say about vestibular sense:
The vestibular sense, also known as the movement, gravity and/or balance sense, allows us to move smoothly. We are able to maintain our balance while engaged in activities because of this sense. While vestibular helps us with balance while we walk and run, it also helps us stay upright when we sit and stand.
This is what they had to say about what will happen if your kids have poor vestibular health. When your vestibular system does not develop properly kids will have problems focusing, get jittery, experience more falls, and be aggressive. Get too close when talking to other people and generally struggle with listening.
Here I am getting my little girl out of the ocean.
Check out this video explaining the vestibular sense and how important it is for kids.
So what exactly can you do to help develop this vestibular sense?
Swimming, dancing, skating, jumping rope, spinning, merry-go-round, monkey bars, cartwheels, and just tossing them around is very good for them. These activities cause a momentary loss of balance and help your kid's development. It helps in dexterity and concentration.