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“There are special graces, called charisms after the Greek term used by St. Paul and meaning "gratuitous gift," "benefit." "favor freely given" or "gift of grace". 

Catechism of the Catholic Church #2003 

Intentional Catholic Parenting: Physical Development

Jesus experienced physical growth and development, much like any other child.  He became strong and was endowed with wisdom.

Physical Development in Children: Building a Strong Foundation

His strength developed over time as he grew into adulthood which is highlighted in the final hours of his life as he carries his cross for our salvation. For by your Holy Cross O Lord, You have redeemed the world!


Physical development includes growth and development in height, weight, muscles, bones, nervous system, hormones, and organs.  It also involves the development of large muscle control (large motor), small muscle control (small motor), and the five senses. Scripture honors our physical development saying that the “whole body, mutually supported and upheld by joints and sinew achieves a growth from this source which comes from God” (Col 2: 19).




Nurturing Physical Development in Children Through Play and Activity

In "Intentional Catholic Parenting: Physical Development," we delve into the vital role of small motor skills in a child's growth and how they connect to spiritual teachings. This section, dedicated to hands and fingers, explores the intricate movements that form the foundation of physical dexterity and precision. From pouring and grasping to pinching and rolling, these actions are not just fundamental to daily life but also deeply entwined with faith.

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Integrating Spiritual Lessons with Physical Development in Children

Embodying Christ's Actions Through Our Hands

The book draws parallels between everyday hand movements and Christ's actions in the Gospels. For instance, Christ's healing touch, His blessings, and even His creative actions are mirrored in the everyday use of our hands. These examples serve as a reminder of the spiritual significance of our physical abilities.

The Importance of Developing Fine Motor Skills

Developing fine motor skills is crucial for children to interact fully with their environment and engage in activities like art, music, and sports. This development is not only about physical growth but also spiritual nourishment, as our hands are tools for giving praise and serving others, embodying the hands of Jesus in the modern world.

Practical Tips to Foster Small Motor Development

The book offers a wealth of practical tips to support small motor development, such as engaging in specific games and activities that enhance fine motor skills. These include creative art activities, manipulative games, and even incorporating spiritual practices like prayers and reading scripture to create a holistic development experience.

Mastering Balance: A Blend of Physical and Spiritual Growth

In the insightful book "Intentional Catholic Parenting: Physical Development," a significant emphasis is placed on Large Motor Competence, with a special focus on Equilibrium. This section explores how equilibrium plays a critical role in a child's overall development and spiritual understanding.

Equilibrium: Balancing Body and Spirit

Equilibrium involves more than just physical balance; it's about maintaining stability whether in motion or stillness, and while handling various objects. This can include walking on uneven surfaces, balancing while moving, and navigating different terrains. In the book, these physical competencies are paralleled with episodes from Christ's life, such as his baptism, walking through grain fields, and even his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. These instances from the scriptures exemplify how physical balance and spiritual poise go hand in hand.

Challenges and Milestones in Physical Development in Children

Why Equilibrium Matters

Equilibrium is not just essential for physical safety in daily activities; it's also vital for success in sports, dance, and leisure activities. This skill is key to maintaining independence and self-sufficiency, resonating with the scriptural wisdom of having a secure path and unwavering stride.

Developing Equilibrium in Children

The book provides practical ways to enhance children's balance and stability. Activities like balancing on beams, navigating obstacle courses, and practicing stillness while balancing objects are suggested. These exercises are not just physical activities but are intertwined with building confidence and spiritual grounding.

Author's Insight

The author highlights that young children are in the early stages of developing equilibrium. Regular opportunities to practice balancing, whether motionless, moving, or holding objects, are crucial for their physical and spiritual growth.

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