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Something like a family

Today I watched Divya run to our car to gGymboreeo 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
City: Mason
State: Ohio

 

Comments for Something like a family


Name: Jayanti
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Good Luck to Divya!

Name: Julia
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Awesome story !

Name: Me
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Great write up! Cheers to you, Divya and the Gymboree staff

Name: Ramya Ashok
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

We see Divya all the time and she is such a joy to interact with. My son Varun also went to Gymboree from when he was 6 months old and he absolutely loved the classes albeit certain situations like inside the parachute or inside the enclosed classroom during Music class where he would protest and not want to participate. But the consistency and friendliness of the staff made him outgrew his fears and come out with flying colors. This story is so true for all the babies who come to Gymboree. The positive vibes and energy make it possible for kids lke Divya and Varun to slowly open up and become super friendly. Good Luck and Great Job Divya!! We love you.

Name: CJ
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

God bless you Divya.....muah:)

Name: Ok
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

God bless you divya

Name: Meena
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

This write-up is written with a wonderful zest and the mother's enthusiasm comes through vividly, so much that I have become curious to find out more about Gymboree Play & Music. It sounds like a marvelous and ideal place for a child to take her first step into the outside world and away from her comfort zone, i.e. being with Mom at home. Hooray for little Divya !! May she continue to blossom to her fullest.

Name: Rakesh
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

It is hard when they are completely dependent upon you, but harder whey they become independent. Love her.

Name: Abigail's mommy
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beautiful story Pallavi! Could not have said it better myself. Wish more parents would get it -- 'In their own time' --

Name: CK
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Awesome Divya! Very well written and so touching!! Best of luck:)

Name: Mom of 2
Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Great going Divya!! Lots of love and luck from all of us:)
xoxox

Name: Mili
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Great story! Good luck to baby D :) God bless!!

Name: Matt
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A definite winner! Great story!

Name: Sowmya
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nicely written. Good luck to lil Divya..

Name: Aparna
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Good Luck to darling Divya :)

Name: Nalini
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Good luck Divya

Name: S Kanuri
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Divya rocks! Blessed child and blessed parents. Congratulations on this wonderfully written article by mom. Looking forward to more :-)

Name: Vikram
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Beautiful article. Good to know that Divya has started liking the place so much in just two months. Good luck to her and happy parenting to you.

Name: ashok wahi
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Divya is just divine and you have learnt a great lesson Pallavi! Love and God bless

Name: M.Sudhakar Rao
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Great...Gud Luck n God Bless Divya...

Name: jvskrao
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I see Divya right from her birth. She is quite playful and enthusiatic. Joining her in Gymboree is in right direction for
her overall development and I thank the parents for their
interest. I am sure, Divya will become a responsible and genious person with strong foundations. May God bless her with long, happy and healthy life.

Name: ajagnelo
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

good superb

Name: Phani
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

God bless you Divya

Name: venkata
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Way to go Divya

Name: N.S.S.P Sastry
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

It is always astonishing to see how kids grow up :) I'm sure Divya will make us all proud. God Bless you my little one
--Lots of love, Grandpa and Grandma

Name: Abigail's Mommy
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Beautiful story Pallavi! Glad to hear Divya is doing well and enjoying her Gymboree classes. Look forward to a playdate soon!

Name: Sowbhagya
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I heard a lot of wonderful stories from Mr Sastry 'bout your little kid. She's a winner :) Way to go, Divya,
P.S) awesome compilation of feelings !!!!!

Name: K P Rao
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A great story.

Name: Ranjeeta Malia
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What a beautiful write up. Kiss to divu!

Name: Mary Jo Reis
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

If Divya is anything like her mom, she will be heads above the rest in no time !

Name: S Kanuri
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Diva rocks! Blessed child and blessed parents! Congratulations on this so wonderfully written short article that so articulately describe a mom's feelings and her boundless love for her child. Looking for more :-)

Name: Paddy
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Divya looks lovely. Wish you and Divya all the best. Lots of love.

Name: CK
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Awesome Divya!!! So proud of you:) May you always be a winner.
xoxox

Name: Mom of 2
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Such a beautiful story! Loads of love from all of us.
xxx

Name: Sri
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nice write up Pallavi. Brought back many memories and made me so nostalgic. My kids are also Gymboree kids, albeit a long time ago. :)

Name: Lauren Thiese
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012

What an amazing little lady! Such a sweet story to share.

Name: Jvskrao
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Great job Divya. Wish you lots 'n lots of prosperity, health and
Happiness. May God bless Divya, her parents and the teachers
at Gymboree.

Name: Cindy
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012

What a beautiful story. Our children teach us how to live...enjoy the little things in life and relax. She is beautiful. Can't wait to see her again.

Name: Sita
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lots of love and luck to Baby Divya :)

Name: Nalini
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Good luck divya

Name: Grandma
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Divya is simply the best!!! May you shine always:) lots of love and hugs.

Name: Sree an
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012

God bless divya

Name: Terry
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Touching narration- I hope this story wins. Good luck!

Name: RKB
Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hope you win, baby !

Name: RN
Time: Friday, July 27, 2012

Thanks to Gymboree's friendly staff and her mom's constant encouragement, Divya's stranger anxiety has gone down significantly and she seems to enjoy being around people. It is a pleasure to watch her blossom into a confident toddler.

Name: Kavi
Time: Friday, July 27, 2012

What a beautiful story! Good luck to Divya - hope she wins.

Name: Shivangi
Time: Friday, July 27, 2012

all d vry bst dear divya...........!!!!!!!!!!!!

Name: CHITTARANJAN
Time: Friday, July 27, 2012

Congrats to Divya (one of the many she will earn in all time to come) and her wonderful mom.Kids are gifts from God and you can see God in them.My dear Pallavi, try to preserve all such bolgs (you will be forced to pen down many in time to come) and they will end up in a treatise on "Pleasures of Parenting".

Name: kashu
Time: Friday, July 27, 2012

good luck divu

Name: lata
Time: Friday, July 27, 2012

i loved your write up! A great kid and a great mother! good luck and best wishes to both of you.

Name: Kalyani
Time: Friday, July 27, 2012

Good Luck to all of you !

Name: Advay
Time: Friday, July 27, 2012

Divya is a superstar!! I love you lots and really hope you win:) good luck. xx

Name: KS
Time: Friday, July 27, 2012

Such a beautiful baby and such a lovely story. May your family always be blessed!

Name: Vijaya
Time: Friday, July 27, 2012

I love your story! Congratulations on being such a great mom. Hope Divya wins.

Name: Vijay
Time: Saturday, July 28, 2012

Good luck to Divya,,,,,hope she wins

Name: Arti
Time: Saturday, July 28, 2012

I like ur story very much all the best to Divya

Name: Rajani
Time: Saturday, July 28, 2012

Good luck Divya.........

Name: Kasturi
Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012

Good luck divya

Name: SS
Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012

Well done mommy and baby! I have learnt a thing or two about how to parent:) good luck - you truly deserve to win

Name: Kiran
Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012

A winning entry!!! Good luck and God bless.

Name: Linda
Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012

Great story! Lil Divya is truly blessed to have such a loving mommy. Many parents are busy working so such hands on parenting is a joy to see and hear about! Hope you guys win.

Name: Amy
Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012

Thank you for sharing such a lovely story. Truly inspiring.

Name: Uncle K
Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012

Heartening to see Divya being nurtured so beautifully by her parents and teachers! She is sure to be a winner in life.

Name: lakshmi
Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012

lovely story Pallavi. All the best to you and D:)

Name: Pinks
Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012

Nice story...All the best Divya..

Name: Nanna
Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012

You are already a winner, Divya :) Love you !

Name: Kalyani
Time: Monday, July 30, 2012

Good luck Divya!!

Name: Silpa
Time: Monday, July 30, 2012

Beautiful story,wonderfully written Pallavi. Good luck Divya, hope you win :)

Name: Aruna
Time: Monday, July 30, 2012

Parenting is full of learning and aha moments. Enjoy every step of the way!!

Name: Bela
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Good luck Pallavi - Divya is such a darling baby!! Hope you guys win. xx

Name: Jacky
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A wonderful story to share!! A must read for every parent. A winning entry for sure :)

Name: Lisa
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

So true.... Divya is fortunate to have a wonderful mommy like you!!! God bless you both and I really hope you win:)

Name: Namita
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Congratulations to lil Divya!!! You have won everyone's heart :))

Name: Nimi
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A lovely story and a lovelier child! God bless her with success all along the way:)

Name: IF
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Love it!! Good luck:)

Name: Michelle
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Divya is a gem of a girl and totally the life of any room she is in!! She is a clear winner. lots of hugs and kisses

Name: Irene
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Well done Divya and a big pat on the back for mum and the staff at gymboree!!! Best wishes

Name: Andrew
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

An inspirational story!! Strikes a chord with all parents. Thanks for sharing.

Name: Deepti
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pallavi - thanks for sharing this lovely story. Lots of love and hugs to Divya! Can't wait to see you guys again!

Name: Barbara
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How sweet, I love your story! Hope you win.

Name: Alex
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How nice to see parents give their children a fair chance!! So precious. Keep it up.

Name: Marc K
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I truly hope you win.......so inspirational!

Name: Kajol
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Beautifully captured thoughts! Awesome baby and awesome mom! Well done.

Name: Shailaja
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

God bless! Hope every mother reads this.......

Name: Zara
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pallavi - this is so beautiful! You have a gorgeous baby and she is very lucky to have a great mom like you:)

Name: Raj
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lovely couple blessed with a lovely baby! May you always have happy moments all your life. God bless.

Name: Anya
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Parenting is a great art and very few people really master it. Well done to Divya's parents for being one of them!!!

Name: Roopa
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We love you Divya!! Hope you win:) good luck.

Name: Geet
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Only a mother can have such love!!! Well done and hearty congratulations.

Name: Dan
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Good luck!

Name: Angela
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lovely story! Hope you guys win.

Name: Raj
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hugs and kisses to lil Divya! You are a winner already. xoxo

Name: Aditya
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Divya is a lovely girl and is growing beautifully. Hope she wins this contest and does her family proud:)

Name: Chitu
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thanks for sharing such a lovely story and inspiring so many of us! God bless Divya and really really really hope she wins:)

See you soon.

Name: Aunt J
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's a joy watching Divya blossom into a vivacious toddler. May she continue to be blessed.

Name: Dena
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Best of luck divya

Name: RG
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Best wishes to you all!!

Name: Anish
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Very well written. Good luck to mum and baby.

Name: Susan
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hope you guys win. Best entry!!

Name: Padma
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pallavi, this is just so very inspiring!! May you continue to have the same love and patience all through:) best wishes

Name: Sanjeev
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Being a dad myself, I totally relate to your story. Will share this with everyone I know as I couldn't have conveyed this message to all parents in a more eloquent way! Lots of love and luck to you guys.

Name: Amma
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I love you, Divi :)

Name: PN
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This story totally takes me back to when my 2 yr old attended gymboree classes. The staff are very supportive and there is no better environment to help the little tots make a great start to learning. Well done mom and daughter and well done gymboree.

Name: Pavitra
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

They should have gymboree in all countries!! Sounds like a great place for kids.......love your story.

Name: Sam
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It'll be great to see Divya win her first contest.......good luck!!

Name: Tara
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My children go to gymboree as well in London and they absolutely love it. So glad to read your happy story. Hope you win.

Name: Kim
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Divya is a beautiful child and she only deserves the best. Hope she wins the gymboree hamper!!!

Name: Amit
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Good luck! Truly inspirational.

Name: Aunty C
Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Love you Divya baby! I am so proud to see you grow so splendidly. You are already a winner my dear and I hope that you get the hamper:)

Name: Soumya
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hi Divya ! Way to go..Keep up the good work..I wish you all the best and hope that you win the hamper..

Name: Soumya
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hi Divya ! Way to go..Keep up the good work..I wish you all the best and hope that you win the hamper..

Name: soumya
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hi Divya! keep up the good work..You are looking so cute..Be happy and bless you !

Name: Granny
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

We are so proud of you my little angel:) you surely deserve to win today and everyday! Love you lots.

Name: Ram
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Awesome write up and a wonderful message to all parents! Well done Gymboree for giving Divya and so many other children the opportunity to develop so beautifully. A win-win!!

Name: Maryam
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Awww.....bless!! Such a sweet narration, coming straight from the heart. Love you guys and hope Divya gets to bring the gymboree hamper home soon:) xxx

Name: Makunba Odibashu
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

May the gracious Lord shower His blessings on Divya!

Name: Neeta
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Yaay ! It's 12:23 AM EST on 8/1 - does this mean that D has won?

Name: Jeet
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lovely and inspirational !! God bless you all.

Name: Heather
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Great realisation! It would be nice to see all parents imbibe this quality. Good luck

Name: Iti
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Good luck to Divya! Hope she wins. Undoubtedly an excellent story.

Name: Juhi
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Kudos to Divya's mom and teachers for nurturing her so well. In an age when we see mindless competition and undue pressure to perform, it really is heartening to see a child being allowed to evolve at their own pace. There is no doubt Divya will be a winner in everything she does! God bless.

Name: Noah's Family
Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

To Divya and her family, This is Noah's Grandam(yaya) and we are so excited to hear that both of the kiddos were able to benefit and win this competition, we are so happy that Gymboree made such a great choice to benefit both families that have worked so hard for these votes. Enjoy your new toys Divya, Noah and his family... :)

Name: Vijaya
Time: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hello Divya dear, we know your mom for ages and can see a reflection of her in you...Hope you grow up to become as her. Love you loads
Vijaya





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