A Happy Place
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?
Well, you can’t eliminate all the problems of parenthood and the world, but psychologists recommend that you make sure to avoid them periodically. Simply find a “happy place” to which you can “escape” on a regular basis and when negative emotion threatens to send you over the edge.
And I can’t think of a more appropriate “happy place” than Romp n’ Roll. Anger, frustration, fear, and anxiety are nowhere to be found, whereas pride, joy, excitement, and enthusiasm are in abundance. By enrolling in a parent participation class and having Open Gym available for emergencies, you can provide your child and yourself with a psychological safe haven where only positive emotions are possible.
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 email@example.com.