Here’s an article that’s recently taken parenting sites and Facebook groups by storm. It’s talking about the hysteria about “W sitting” like the image below:
What’s more interesting to me than the article are all the comments regarding the statement that this CAUSES “femoral rotation” and winds up with inward turning feet. Some experts swear that it’s the worst thing a kid can do; others say it’s nonsense. Then you have the anecdotal testimonies confirming or dispelling the claim.
I humbly suggest…
I think both camps got it wrong. I think people are arguing the Chicken vs Egg and are ignoring the real issue… pre-existing hypermobility that CAUSES certain kids to sit like this in the FIRST place!
My opinion is that sitting this way does not necessarily cause any issues, but the kids who instinctively sit like this are also the same children who have possible underlying issues.
So rather than trying to “fix” the kids’ problems by “correcting” them to sit the “right” way, it makes more sense to me to take that child to their pediatrician and say: My kid is W sitting; can you please check him/her for any possible syndromes/issues that would CAUSE him/her to sit this way to BEGIN with?”
It’s a simple logical fallacy known as false cause. Think of it this way: every time it rains, there are always umbrellas. Therefore, umbrellas make it rain.
Sounds silly now, right? That’s why I think it’s FALSE that every time I see a “W sitter,” I think it causes problems.
Yet people get VERY worked up about this issue on Facebook.
I urge you to make today’s 153Promise to take everything you read about parenting with a grain of salt. Evaluate the source. Is it on a site that’s mainly geared to selling products? Read the comments. Do they offer a strong counter argument/perspective?
Make the 153Promise to not only parent with your heart, but your brain as well. Don’t be swayed by trends; be logical and observe your children and look to see if they have issues.
Don’t let a viral post be your parenting guide.