Raise the Bridge
I doubt there is a single parent who has not experienced numerous occasions when her preschooler is driving her nuts. Bouts of boredom combine with bursts of energy to transform even the most angelic child into unbearably annoying little devil.
Unfortunately, the first impulse of the parent is to make an attempt to control the child. And this typically results in anger, frustration, struggles, and all sorts of other unpleasantness that leave no one happy and satisfied.
Consequently, it is wise to be aware of the ample periods of Open Gym in the Romp n’ Roll schedule. Your kid isn’t being deliberately bothersome. It is in his essential nature – and in his best interest as well – to exercise his mind and body almost constantly through active and imaginative play. So it makes sense to indulge rather than stifle him if at all possible. After all, as they say, it is a lot easier to raise the bridge than lower the river.
Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.