“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
The intelligence of play is to keep playing throughout life.
Children love to be outdoors in their natural environment. They love to be in the fresh air and sunlight, barefoot and naked, surrounded by trees and flowers, playing in the water and hearing the birds and the wind. It is so very important to allow our children to have the freedom to learn through play. Children are naturally interested in their surroundings and without this driving curiosity, without this innate need to explore and understand what the environment provides, children would fail to thrive and learn. As parents, it is vital that we recognize the role of curiosity in shaping our children’s lives.
We as humans make sense of the world through play and we naturally want to try and understand everything around us. If children are free to play, they cultivate an engagement with the world. It develops calmness, awareness, self-understanding, skills, confidence, curiosity and flexibility to handle stress and they learn the necessary skills of human beings everywhere – physical skills, linguistic skills, intellectual skills and social skills.
Mark Cucuzella, a Family Physician, Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves and coach and captain of their marathon team. He is a strong advocate of the barefoot / minimalist running movement and talks to VIVOBAREFOOT about, among other things, Freedom’s Run for Kids.
Throughout this week customers in the EU and UK can get 10% off all VIVOBAREFOOT kids shoes from vivobarefoot.com – using KIDS10 discount code. In the US the New York store is offering the same discount.
“Vivobarefoot Kids footwear range is now available in all Terra Plana stores. Developed by podiatrists in South Africa where they were first introduced, the shoes are based on the principle that being barefoot is the healthiest and most natural way forchildren’s feet to be.”
Here’s what Meryl Levin from Parentdish.com said about our VivoBarefoot kids shoes.
By now you’ve probably heard that the best thing you can do for your children’s feet is let them run around barefoot. Well, depending on where you live, this presents varying degrees of impossibility (at the beach, perhaps; in New York City, not a chance).
Enter shoe maker Terra Plana and their VivoBarefoot line, which now includes styles for kids. Developed by podiatrists, they are as close to being barefoot as shoes can get, but offer the necessary protection of a thin puncture-resistant sole. Benefits can include improved posture, circulation, foot health, and strength.