When your child is frustrated or disappointed on occasion, does that make you feel like a failure as a parent? Well, you should know that whatever you have done or haven’t done is actually beneficial for his mental health. Read more
I hope you noticed the entry on the Romp n’ Roll Facebook page about it being impossible to say the word “bubbles” in an angry way. While that is quite amusing, it also makes an important psychological point.
Being a parent isn’t always easy. There are times when anger and frustration can overwhelm you. Furthermore, it isn’t always easy to be a citizen of this world. The condition of the economy, terrorism, and all sorts of other stuff with which we are bombarded by the news can produce a lot of fear and anxiety. And all that negative emotion obviously is not good for your mental health.
So what can you do?
I have two granddaughters who started college last year and are now beginning the second semester of their sophomore term. One has changed her major twice, the other has changed her major three times. Both are very bright and both are doing quite well academically. So what is their problem? Read more
I love the one about a mother watching her son go by in a marching band. Beaming with pride, she elbows the mother standing next to her and exclaims, “Would you look at that…my Bernie is the only one in step!” Read more
Besides having an awful lot of fun, what do preschoolers gain by being in a Superheroes or Princess class at Romp n’ Roll? The obvious answer is “the opportunity to exercise and enhance their imaginations.” But there is something else they achieve that may be less obvious but is equally if not more important. That is a sense of security.
I always thought the Baby Gym & Music class at Romp n’ Roll should be listed with a subtitle: Baby Appreciation. It’s not that mothers and fathers need to learn to love their infants. That comes naturally. But it does take a little education for parents to truly appreciate the development of their little ones.
I remember when I was a kid, each day as I would be leaving for school, my father would say, “Learn a lot.” Meanwhile, my mother, who was a teacher, would send me off by saying, “Have fun.” While these instructions may seem contradictory, they actually are totally in sync with one another.
At first glance, it might seem that referring to Romp n’ Roll as an “educational” program is somewhat erroneous as the children spend so much time immersed in music and movement. But the fact is that music and movement greatly facilitate one’s ability to process and retain information and experience, which in turn maximizes the learning process. Read more
Grandma comes to visit when your baby is three or four months old. They have a great time together – playing, laughing, cuddling. Then Grandma returns to her distant home. Later, when your baby is nine or 10 months old, she returns for another visit. She runs to your baby with outstretched arms and excitedly exclaims, “Grandma’s here!” Your baby cowers and cries. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with her. Grandma is heartbroken, and you are deeply embarrassed. Read more
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