I Did It Myself!

IMG_7443The most important psychological task of toddlerhood is achieving a sense of autonomy.  After experiencing the near total helplessness of infancy, a child must now learn that he doesn’t have to be completely dependent on others.  He can start feeding himself, dressing himself, bathing himself, etc. Read more

Goodness-of-Fit

Girl hanging upside down on swing at Romp n' Roll
An interesting concept in developmental psychology of which parents should be aware is the “goodness-of-fit” model. It indicates that an effective match between a child’s temperament and the practices of her parents prevents emotional distress and produces optimal mental health. Read more

Romp n’ Roll named a Top Workplace in Richmond!

Members of the Romp n' Roll Management Team accept the Sterling Award for "Top Workplaces" in Richmond.  (L-R, Annette Broskie, Director of Administration; Maggie Roop, General Manager Romp n' Roll Midlothian; Babz Barnett, Co-Founder & President; Michael Barnett, Co-Founder & CEO; Robb Rilee, Asst. Director of Curriculum Development; Jenneane Snyder, Director of Curriculum Development & Training.

Members of the Romp n’ Roll Management Team accept the Sterling Award for “Top Workplaces” in Richmond. (L-R, Annette Broskie, Director of Administration; Maggie Roop, General Manager Romp n’ Roll Midlothian; Babz Barnett, Co-Founder & President; Michael Barnett, Co-Founder & CEO; Robb Rilee, Asst. Director of Curriculum Development; Jenneane Snyder, Director of Curriculum Development & Training.

Last night, Romp n’ Roll was honored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Richmond Society for Human Resources Management for having one of the “Top Workplaces” in Richmond.  Employees, from the nominated employers, completed a short survey about their workplace. Employers scoring the highest locally, and meeting national benchmarks made the “Top Workplace” list!

We were incredibly honored to receive this recognition. At Romp n’ Roll, our people truly are our product.  I often say that we can have the best facility design in the business (and we do), we can have the best curriculum (and we do), and we can have the best operating systems (and we do), but without the best people to bring it all to life, we are nothing. Building a great work culture is hard work to be sure, and this is a constant work in progress for us.  What is most important to us in maintaining a good culture (which is what leads to a good workplace environment,) is that we ensure that all team members match our Core Values.  At Romp n’ Roll, our core values are to be:

  • Fun
  • Adaptable
  • Service-Driven
  • Motivated
  • An Effective Communicator
  • Positive

While it’s great to receive the public recognition, we are fortunate to receive positive feedback from our members on a regular basis about our employees. In fact, our member surveys track the words most often used in survey responses and it’s always exciting to see “staff,” “professionalism,” “friendly” and “knowledgeable,” used as often as “services,” “facility” and “location.” We are so grateful to our staff for how they live the Romp n’ Roll values every day. Our people are everything!

Thanks again to the organizers for recognizing the workplace at Romp n’ Roll.  We will continue to work every day to live up to honor!

The Visual Cliff Study

IMG_5257My all-time favorite study in the field of developmental psychology is the visual cliff.  Depth perception is such an important part of survival that it might be programmed into our DNA.  After all, our ancestors who walked off the edge of a cliff didn’t get to reproduce very much.  So researchers wanted to see if babies already demonstrated depth perception when they started crawling around in the latter part of the first year.

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Not Thinking Clearly

art21Parents of preschoolers often get upset or frustrated when their little one can’t do certain tasks.  The behavior of infants and toddlers is so different from that of adults that not much is expected of them.  But three, four, and five-year-olds are clearly capable of thinking, so why is it that there are many times when it is evident that they are not thinking clearly? Read more

Dirty Words

Child Playing with Ribbon Wand

Children explore their world in a variety of ways.

Back in the old days, when a young child uttered a “dirty” word, he was likely to suffer the rather unpleasant consequence of having his mouth washed out with soap.  While I hesitate to criticize the practices of previous generations, it is clear that this was inappropriate and often counterproductive. Read more

Pride in Achievement

DSC_7134-213x300.jpgA while ago I was surreptitiously observing a three-year-old boy intently pursuing an art project at the little table in his room.  Suddenly he sat up, smiled broadly, and exclaimed, “I’m doing a good job!”  He then eagerly and enthusiastically resumed his activity. Read more