In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion
They say that weather-wise, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I often find myself applying that adage to children who march into Romp n’ Roll. But I do so in reverse.
Sometimes a little one will enter the gym for the first time with a fair amount of trepidation. He will be overly cautious when approaching the equipment and somewhat hesitant to participate in the activities. While that is perfectly normal and eminently understandable, it usually doesn’t last very long.
Thanks to the reassurance he receives through the expert guidance and infectious enthusiasm of the staff and the inspiration he gets by observing his peers thoroughly enjoy the fun, fascinating, free-form play, the child gradually overcomes his insecurities and discovers the full extent of his capabilities. In a rather short period of time he is transformed into a bundle of energy and excitement ready to confront and conquer whatever challenges he encounters.
So if you are concerned that your newly enrolled child seems like a timid little lamb, just relax and be patient. After just a few weeks, it is highly likely you will have a ferocious little lion on your hands.
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.