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
Are you looking to give your child something really special this holiday season? Perhaps you are thinking in terms of whatever the current “must have” toy may be. Well, keep in mind that whatever that toy may be, it probably will end up in a closet collecting dust within a few weeks. Instead, I urge you to give your little one an ethical legacy that will last a lifetime. Read more
Let’s say your little one does something deserving of a reward. He cleans up after himself, he helps a sibling, he refrains from being annoying for a period of time, or whatever. You want to encourage such behavior, so what do you do? Give him candy? A toy? A trip to the arcade? Read more
One of the limitations on the mind of a young child is “lack of conservation.” A preschooler is unable to conserve matter as it goes through superficial changes in shape. So, for instance, if you take a ball of clay and roll it into a long, thin strip, the child will say, “Now we have more clay!” Read more
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