Some Relatable Holiday Memes to Get Us Through the Greatest Time of the Year!

We know the holidays can be both joyous and nightmarish for parents. So, to help get you through the season, we’ve scoured the internet for some hilarious memes. Enjoy!

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way…nothing is going to be how you envisioned or planned…

With holiday pictures…

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And maybe that cute holiday treat you found on Pinterest that looked so easy to make…

Just remember that you’re not alone…

So, take the advice of flight attendants – take care of yourself before others…

Because, for a lot of you, December 1st means Elf on the Shelf!

At first you might get really creative…

Eventually you might start using it for evil…

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This. Is. The. Truth! 🙌

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM EVERYONE AT GYMBOREE PLAY & MUSIC! 

We’re Thankful for the Little Things in Life

By Lauren O’Brien

It’s November, the season of giving and reflecting on what we are thankful for in our lives. Here at Gymboree Play & Music, we want to highlight the small luxuries in life that parents are thankful for… you know, the things we didn’t realize were luxuries until we had our wonderful, beautiful children (who we love!)…

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        And, the most important thanks of all…

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WE’RE THANKFUL FOR OUR GYMBO FAMILIES! 

EVERY DAY WE GET TO CELEBRATE MILESTONES AND BUILD CONFIDENT LEARNERS!

Laughter and Early Childhood Development…+ Giggle Tips!

By: Lauren O’Brien

Nothing fills our hearts more than our child’s giggles. But, did you know that laughter and having a sense of humor plays an important role in developing self-esteem, learning to problem solve, and honing social skills?

To develop that sense of humor in our children, we have to have a good sense of humor too! And, it’s easy! You wouldn’t know it, but silly things like poking fun of yourself when you spill milk sends a message that it’s ok to make mistakes — and it’s ok to laugh at those mistakes. If you can laugh when you make a mistake, it also demonstrates that you can accept imperfection. This makes the idea of getting up and trying again less intimidating for your little one, and more likely that they’ll keep trying if it’s ok to fail. And, as you know, we encourage failure because that sparks learning!

Kids also provide plenty of opportunities for laughter (sometimes unknowingly!). It’s important to encourage that and be the best audience possible by responding to their attempt at humor. You may not think it’s hilarious to bang into the wall but, hey, if that makes them squeal with laughter, run with it (or into it!).

So, let’s encourage those funny faces and  sounds…and bust out some jokes. Let’s face it, your children will only think you’re hilarious for so long! 

Here are some of our favorite ways to get those giggles going in our little ones:

Infant

  • Funny faces: Open your eyes wide, puff out your cheeks, stick out your tongue. At first your child’s laughter will be in response to you, but they will eventually try to copy you.
  • Surprise game: Change your facial expression every time you say “Boo!”. After about 4 months, babies love the element of surprise!
  • Silly sounds: Make up your own or copy your child’s noises while smiling and laughing to reinforce that the behavior is funny.
  • Playful songs: This Little Piggy with tickles and song always gets a laugh. There’s also The Happy Song — scientifically written and designed to make babies laugh!

Toddler

  • Surprise tickles: Raspberries on the tummy never get old!
  • Funny rhymes: “See ya later, Alligator!” “Give me a hug, ladybug!”  “Out the door, dinosaur!”
  • The unexpected funny: Pick up their foot and pretend to make a silly phone call. Put a bowl on your head and say it’s a hat.
  • Silly songs: I Like to Eat (who eats ay-ples and ba-nay-nays…that’s silly!), The Hokey Pokey (silly dancing and body movements always get a giggle), Slippery Fish (using funny voices makes this one a real toddler-pleaser)

Preschool

  • Goofy voices: While reading to your child, change voices for each character. The sillier the voice, the better!
  • Silly songs: An old time favorite is Slippery Fish! Any song with silly voices and hand movements (maybe even some tickles) always gets laughs.
  • Crazy dress up: Encourage your child to put on your clothes and pretend to put on theirs — they’ll think it’s hilarious that you even try to fit into their clothes.
  • Funny food: Make your child’s food funny, such as smiley face pancakes! Or get a giggle by turning your sandwich into a talking mouth!
  • Cracking Jokes: One of our favorites is “What comes before part B? Part-AY!”

LIFE WITH A THREENAGER

By Lauren O’Brien

You’ve made it through the baby years. You conquered the terrible twos and now your child is three! The hard part is over! WRONG. Some families get the pleasure of having a THREENAGER on their hands.

Before you read on, let us just tell you this — breathe in, breathe out. You’ll make it through!

So, what are the signs you have a three-going-on-thirteen year old in your house? Here are a few things to look out for:


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It seems like your child miraculously went to law school overnight and has perfected the art of arguing and making a deal.

 


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You regret teaching them the word “why” and question everything you know about everything.

 


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You suddenly feel like you live in a nudist colony, where clothes are the enemy.

 


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Mealtime prep evokes perpetual fear. Did you cut the sandwich diagonally like yesterday’s lunch but today it must be cut down the middle? You never know if your meal will pass the test.


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You are absolutely never, under any circumstances, allowed to sing or dance unless given permission.

 


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Your voice is suddenly undetectable no matter what pitch, tone or level you use. That is, unless you say the word “candy” or “dessert.”

 


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You’re pretty convinced your child could win an academy award with the dramatics that ensue when you request simple tasks, like putting on socks.

 


Even though having a threenager can be a bit of a rollercoaster, we can all agree that there’s nothing like that moment their sweetness peaks through and you get an “I love you” or a snuggle. That makes it all worth it.

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Meet GymboFams Ambassador Crystal

I’m so excited to join this awesome club of GymboFams! My name is Crystal King and I am the Mother of Avery King. I work FT as a Creative Director and my son Avery spends most of his days with his Grandparents and little cousins.

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For months, I searched to find something for Avery that would help further develop his motor skills, foster an environment for social play and develop his sense of bravery, confidence, and curiosity.

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That’s when I stumbled upon Gymboree Play & Music. We are newbies to the program but on the very first day I knew that I had to immediately sign Avery up because I saw how much he thrived after just one class! We are now a few classes in and Avery loves sliding down the slides, swinging on the tubes, crawling through the rainbow tunnels, kissy time with Gymbo, popping bubbles, and parachute time! I’m so excited to have found Gymboree Play & Music and can’t wait to meet more parents and sweet little babes.

 

I recently started sharing stories of the adventures of Avery and I on our website: justthekings.com. I had such a crazy pregnancy and delivery that I just felt compelled to share my testimony with others. At 7 months pf pregnancy, I was forced to deliver Avery due to lack of weight gain (I only gained 7lbs my entire pregnancy y’all) and preclampaia.

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Immediately after delivering Avery, I went into kidney failure and got put on the list for a kidney transplant. I’m really just starting to regain my strength and I’m finally able to be more independent and venture out with Avery. I wish I could’ve started the website sooner but I’m slowly telling my story now. So if you guys could drop by, take a look, share any feedback or ask questions I would greatly appreciate it!

Let’s stay connected on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justthekings

I’ll be sharing more photos and stories here: www.justthekings.com

Get Artsy and…Celebrate THE PLANET FOR EARTH DAY

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Celebrate Earth Day at your local Gymboree Play & Music

We’ll be using fun techniques to help teach our little ones about helping the planet so be sure to JOIN US for…

Clean up & Sort:  “Make reusable shopping bags available.  Scatter playballs, Air Shapes and Tactile Balls around the room.  Invite everyone to help “clean” up and have fun “sorting recyclables”.

Take the Bus:  Invite everyone to ride the Airlog Bus together!

Energy Freeze:  Randomly during Open Gym, cue everyone to “freeze” each time you turn off the room lights to “save energy”.

Composting:  Dump a bucket of scarf “leaves” around the room.  Get everyone to help scoop up the leaves and put them in the Crawligator Square “Composter” lined with a Minichute.  Pull Minichute full of “compost” out.

Take the fun home too!

Looking for a fun Earth Day project to do at home? There are so many ideas…from collages to paper flowers. Try these fun projects at home!

Trash to Treasure Collage: Now is a great time to “clean up and reuse” those left over art supplies! Paper scraps, torn tissue pieces, foam shapes, feathers, pom-poms, rubber stamps, leaves, left over wrapping paper, Styrofoam noodles, newspaper strips etc. Provide colored construction paper and glue sticks and glue for children to create their own unique collage!

Earth Mosaic Collage: Precut blue “earth” paper circles. Glue stick pieces of pre-cut green craft moss, fabric scraps or even real green leaves and apply in patches to the blue “earth” circle.

Bloom & Blossom: Precut paper daisy shapes from colored construction paper. Children use stamp pad to make thumb print colors on petals. Hole-punch and add a pipe cleaner twist for stem.

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Phylicia

Hi Gymboree Family!

My name is Phylicia and I’m the mother of a lively 12 month old girl, Scout. She has been attending Gymboree Play & Music since she was six and a half months. Looking for a playdate location, we saw Gymboree Play & Music in our area and attended a free preview Baby Lab class. Needless to say, we loved our experience and we found ourselves regularly attending both the classes and open gym.

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The layout of the equipment is perfect for ambitious babies to safely explore. The music and classroom songs are added bonuses for my music loving girl. Additionally, the social exposure in Gymboree Play & Music has been great for Scout’s development. Before we knew it, we found ourselves moving up to the next level class where most of the babies were already walking. I do believe seeing the other babies walking encouraged Scout to go for it and a little before 10 months, we had a walker on our hands!

These days, her favorite activity is playing with the kids of all ages in open gym. She climbs, she runs, she socializes, but most importantly she’s having the time of her life! It’s safe to say she’s not the only family member who loves it!

Being a former educator myself and now a full-time entrepreneur and blogger/content creator, I value the quality of teachers they hire and thoughtfulness they put in their lesson plans. It has also been a great way for my husband and I to connect with other parents since moving to Denver and we look forward to connecting with many more!

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Follow Phylicia on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/askproy/

What Are The Benefits Of Gymboree Play & Music The Baby Lab Music Class?

Baby Lab provides the opportunity for very young children to experience play and learning in a fun, supportive space with their parents as their partners. The benefits of Baby Lab will follow children throughout their lives by providing the building blocks of education andy play.

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Image Credit: GymboMom Ambassador Yinqiu

What Are The Benefits Of The Baby Lab Music Class?

Music makes the world go round! Music elements build long & short term memory, support language development and create social/emotional connections for both parents and babies.

The benefits of the Baby Lab Music Class are creating multi-sensory experiences for babies through song and dance. We also work on coordination and balance through dance moves and basic movement.

The Music Lab uses playful language to spark imagination. We use the following words during Music play. Melody, tempo, loud, soft, slow, fast, pitch song, rhythm.

Find a Baby Lab Music Class near you!