I am a parent. And, I have been looking into the faces of babies, parents, and grandparents for over 20 years in my work as a clinical and public health nurse. I have felt the joys, hopes, disappointments, traumas, grief, fears, concerns, laughter and love of parents and children. I have heard their thoughts and feeling. I have seen their actions and the effects of those actions. I have interacted with the myriad of professionals who weave in and out of family life. Because of this and being a parent, I have a great appreciation for the range of experience that exists within and between each parent and child.
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Parenting Q & A
Why is my kid so clumsy?
Rapid growth cycles can lead to clumsiness as it changes their feel and way of moving within a space. On top of that, sometimes their muscles and tendons don’t grow in pace with the bone. It all makes for clumsiness.
This can come and go throughout the teen years. It turns out, bone development doesn’t peak ‘til in the 20s. Growth stimulating hormone, estrogen and testosterone as well as genes effect their growth of bone density and height. Everyone is different!
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, 6% have real movement disorders, however. If you are wondering if your child’s clumsiness is within normal ranges, ask your doctor to evaluate for dyspraxia. There are specific motor skills that will be evaluated.