Sunday, November 7, 2010
Interestingly, the prominent placement in our house definitely facilitated the use of that trampoline. Once relinquished to the not-quite-finished basement playroom, it's been used less often and that's not good. So, I'm in the process of rearranging my home to find another in-the-way spot for our trampoline. So far, my husband hasn't agreed to swapping the great room couch with the trampoline. But, I'm not giving up. NEVER give up!
Recognizing that not everybody has room or wants a very conspicuous in-house trampoline -- or if you decide this is just not your gig -- try putting a mattress on the floor or in a roll-away trundle along the length of your child's bed. At the very least, your child will have to walk across it to get into and out of bed every night and every morning, it provides cushioning and a safer distance in case of night-time or jump-time falls and it's a great place for Mom to grab some shut-eye during those middle of the night wake-ups. All the while, your kids are benefiting through improved balance and increased lower body strength from the dynamic surface.
Trying to sell the idea to a hesitant spouse or your internal nay-sayer? At one point in our learning to crawl, stand and walk process, I contemplated laying wall-to-wall mattresses across their bedroom floor. Doesn't that sound fun? Almost like a trampoline room! They'd have nowhere to go to avoid the dynamic surface and they could literally jump and sleep wherever they want. No cribs or beds necessary, just check your shoes at the door! A little crazy, sure! But from here, an indoor trampoline is an easy step comparatively speaking. LOL
Posted by MaggieMae at 7:14 PM