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.
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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.
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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 ...
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Age Timer: 14 months, 3 weeks