The father-daughter relationship doesn’t come natural to all dads. To those of us like myself, who grew up with only brothers, it isn’t exactly easy figuring out ways to play and relate to your daughter. While I love my daughter, Paisley, more than life itself, there are times when I just cannot feel the connection that I believe I’m supposed to be feeling. To someone who grew up wanting nothing more than to be a dad this can be extremely difficult to deal with. Then it all changed when my wife dragged me (not quite kicking and screaming) with her and Paisley to Gymboree class one day.
My time with Paisley at Gymboree class is something hard to articulate with mere words. The connection that I was trying so hard to feel isn’t something I can just describe. All I know is that when I would participate with Paisley and do the activities Ms. Nikki (our Sunday Gymboree instructor) would show us, I almost instantly felt what I had been missing. Playing with Paisley at class gives me a way to interact with my daughter and not feel like it is something forced or uncomfortable. When I’m singing to her and tickling her, or even just doing free play around the room on all of the equipment, I can feel her love for me as her dad, and more importantly I really feel as though I am communicating to her this incredible love that I have for her.
I honestly know, without a doubt, that Gymboree has allowed me to be a better dad, and there isn’t anything in the world that would prevent me from continuing to establish that father-daughter bond as Paisley makes her way through the levels at Gymboree. In only an hour class I walk away with some sore cheeks (from smiling so big) and a full heart. It’s hard to explain, but because of Gymboree I now know how to show my daughter how much I love her, and I feel much more comfortable with her. I’m also truly confident that I’ll be able to show her the love I have for her as she grows into a young woman. This picture is Paisley and I looking at the bubbles during Gymboree class!
Class Type: Play & Learn 1 (0-6 months)