Are your little ones active? Do they run around the house, jump up and down, and generally make lots of noise? Do they often have a tendency to destroy things? If your kids are normal, then the answer is yes! They jump on the bed, couch or other bouncy furniture as if it’s a trampoline. They crawl over, under and around everything in the house. They run almost everywhere and expend energy as if there’s a never ending supply. Some of them can continue this perpetual energy all day long from the moment they open their eyes in the morning until bedtime.
Let’s face it – kids will be kids if they are healthy, and that’s the best way for them to be, so they will (and should) be active. It’s a basic human need, at least in their early years, so whatever you do, don’t discourage it, but instead, encourage it! In fact, to encourage it and save your furniture, get a mini trampoline for them to use in the house and a big one for outside.
Jumping is one of the healthiest activities they can do. It builds muscle tone, coordination, strengthens cardiovascular and respiratory function, and improves digestion.
Jumping also stimulates the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that carries a clear fluid through the body to fight off sickness. It’s similar to the cardiovascular system, but the difference is, there is no pumping mechanism like the heart. Your muscle and body movement make the lymph fluids move through the body. Jumping is probably the best way to make the system work, so get them a tramp and let them jump!
Here’s the way I see it: When you provide a place for them to jump – one that works even better than beds and couches – they won’t feel the need to destroy your furniture, and they’ll help the lymphatic system do its job and they’ll stay healthier. You win, they win, we all win!