Hey Supple Legion,
Today’s episode is a public service announcement for your children’s arms and shoulders. The message is simple, if you feel the need to swing your kids around by the arms, make sure that they are holding onto you–not the other way around. Your kid’s grip strength or lack thereof is a protective feed back mechanism that keeps the tissues at the wrist, elbow, and shoulders safe. If you circumvent this circuit breaker, you potentially risk some gnarly downstream repercussions. Go ahead and google “nurse-maid elbow”. I’ll wait. By allowing your kids to set the level of “swingness”, you’ll never overload their upper-extremity. Neat huh? Want your kids to swim in the Olympics? Too bad you dislocated both their shoulders when they were 3 years old (true story).
You guard your precious shoulder capacities. Why would you challenge your kids tissues in the name of cheap fun. Besides, you can still swing your kids around by the armpits till they vomit. The tissues of their upper limbs will thank you.