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Emmett and the Waddlers at My Gym

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Apr 7, 2010 8:41:12 AM

For Christmas, my parents decided to give Emmett and me some money to sign up for a parent participation My Gym class.� My Gym is a children's fitness center with locations all over the world, and there just so happens to be one very close to where we live.� I finally signed us up for a session, and yesterday we participated in our first Waddlers class for children ages 14-22 months.� We had a lot of fun, but let's just say Emmett's independent personality was never more apparent, and he has a lot of work to do on his cooperative skills.

[caption id="attachment_1179" align="aligncenter" width="539" caption="a partial view of My Gym Boston"]My Gym Boston[/caption]

Emmett was a huge fan of "free play," where the kids can wander around the room, free to do whatever they want.� And there's a lot to choose from -- a large ball pit, wedge-shaped gym mats, slides, trampolines, climbing walls. Speaking of climbing, there are multiple options for the "climber," which Emmett has expressed a lot of interest in at home recently. (Let's just say if I leave the room for 2 seconds, I'll come back to him standing on top of the coffee table as if he's just claimed a new land.)� I'm hoping his My Gym experiences will help to satisfy his climbing urges rather than encourage more of them at home, but only time will tell.� He also had no problem with "separation time," when the kids' accompanied parents are asked to leave the play area and leave the children alone with the My Gym instructors.

[caption id="attachment_1180" align="aligncenter" width="539" caption="the Waddlers during "separation time" (looks like one mom didn't understand the concept)"]My Gym Separation Time [/caption]

On the other hand, any sort of organized activity was a struggle.� "Circle time," when all of the children and their parents sit in a circle for specific activities, was not a welcomed part of My Gym time for Emmett.� I'm hoping that in the weeks to come, the class will help Emmett learn how to follow directions and participating in organized activities will become easier.� Again, only time will tell ...

In other news, last night before bed Emmett went on Safari, killed and skinned a wild giraffe and then displayed it as a hood ornament ...

[caption id="attachment_1178" align="aligncenter" width="539" caption="Emmett on Safari"][/caption]

Age Timer: 14 months, 3 weeks
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Topics: Weekly Updates, Firsts, waddlers, My Gym

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