Baby Appreciation Class
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 taking music and art appreciation classes in college. Prior to that, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to a symphony or looking at a painting. But after learning about all the subtleties and intricacies involved in what I was listening to or looking at, the experience became infinitely more intriguing and fascinating – and therefore even more enjoyable.
So when you see that the class description says it will be filled with fun and learning “for both of you,” that is spot on. To the casual observer it may seem like a baby is not doing much. But once someone points out how much is actually going on as she is figuring out how to balance her body, use her limbs, and coordinate her senses, the experience is transformed from simple amusement to absolute amazement.
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.