Never Let Your Kids Sit In The “W” Position. Here’s Why!
Written by: Kat Gal
Guilty as charged. As a kid I used to sit for hours on end in the “W” position while playing.
This is not unusual at all, but actually a very common sitting position used by children.
No matter how common it is though, after reading this, please, NEVER let your child sit this way. Pinky promise.
What Is W-Sitting?
If your child is sitting with his or her knees bent, feet tucked under, and legs splayed out to the side looking like a “W,” they are “W-sitting.” Sitting this way keeps your kiddo supported and secure; however, when doing it for too long, it can negatively impact a his or her development.
It’s true. My husband, for example, has been dealing with knee issues ever since his childhood as a result.
Though not everyone will experience negative or life-long consequences from W-sitting, it is certainly elevating their risk.
Negative consequences of W-Sitting may include (due to unnecessary strain on the body):
- Orthopedic problems
- Delayed development of postural control and stability
- Delayed development of refined motor skills
Extensive and/or exclusive W-Sitting may put extra stress on:
- Hip Abductors
- Internal Rotators
- Heel Cords
W-Sitting may also lead to:
- Dislocation of joints
- Shortened muscles
- Tightened muscles
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Bad posture
- Weakened trunk muscles
What YOU can do to prevent W-Sitting:
- When sitting on the floor, the lotus position is a better go-to.
- Teach them how to sit on a chair or at a desk.
- Teach them how to sit up straight and remind them to do it.
- Remind them not to sit in a “W” position.
- Invest in a good chair.
- Keep them active. Make sure they don’t just sit around, but take movement breaks, run around, stretch and play.
Do you have any other tips to help keep children to not only sit in a healthy position, but to also have them move around more? Share below, we would love to hear your wisdom!
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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