When Grant was a child, his parents soon began to notice that he was quite clumsy. He would fall or trip often in his haste to be an active child. So his parents enrolled him in tumbling classes in order to keep him from seriously injuring himself. And it worked! He has never had a broken bone even though he falls often. I, on the other hand, have never had tumbling classes and have paid the price. As a child I feel down the stairs at my grandma’s house and broke my arm. A few weeks after that cast came off, I tripped over my feet in a supermarket and broke the other arm! As an adult I also broke a toe getting off a ride at an amusement park. I have to be extremely careful even walking around our house because I can seriously injure myself with my natural clumsiness! Grant on the other hand can fall and walk away injury free…I wish now that my parents had put me in a tumbling class too.
I don’t know if the quality of clumsiness can translate to a good parenting skill other than that it has taught us how to pick ourselves up and laugh a little along the way. One day we may have to put our child in tumbling class to avoid a serious injury due to clumsiness. Fortunately, either one of us can relate to a child who stumbles over their feet!