Today I watched Divya run to our car to go to Gymboree Play & Music, marveling at how awesome she's gotten, and how energetic and solidly present in the world she is. In moments like this, when I see how much she's grown and changed, I always flash back to the first time we went to Gymboree. The first few classes were a challenge - little Divya would not participate. While she was very content and happy, I was frustrated. In my anxious state, I assumed that she would instantly take to the new faces and activities - start jumping off things right away.In an age when we are constantly comparing ourselves (and our kids) to other people -- where prodigies of every stripe are just a YouTube video away -- it doesn't hurt to be reminded that we all do things when we're ready and not a second before. Today, with constant encouragement from the wonderful and super friendly staff at Gymboree, with their boundless reserves of patience and encouraging words, Divya is wildly and wonderfully uninhibited. In JUST 2 months :) She is proud and confident. I'm proud and relieved ! So, the biggest and most practical lesson that I learnt about parenting from taking Divya to Gymboree was that if I sit back, let her get to things when she's ready, and don't push, she does just fine. In fact, she thrives. She surprises me. She'll become exactly who she is supposed to be, exactly when she's supposed to. I know this because, a few days ago during Play class, she climbed up 3 steps, looked over at me, grinned, and threw herself down. Then she got out and did it again -- all the time smiling and laughing ! That laugh changed my life forever.
Class Type: Play & Learn