Meet GymboFams Ambassador Christian

Hello Gymbo FAMS!!! My name is Christian Seda and I am a mom of two boys, I am a second grade teacher, and a world traveler living in Las Vegas! After having my first son and finally settling into the role of being a mom, I was on a mission to find the perfect play space where my son could learn, explore, and socialize with other children his age. After visiting several different kids gyms I fell in love with Gymboree Play & Music.

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Gymboree Play & Music offers an amazing environment that helps engage infants to toddlers while strengthening motor skills and expanding the imagination of little minds. From the bright colors, cleanliness, adventurous equipment, in depth lesson plans, and staff that immediately made us feel like family…we found our home! Gymboree is not only a place for littles one to explore the world around them, but it is also a great place for adults to put a pause to adulting and simply be a kid again!

We have been members since my son was 10 months old and he is now 3! We love Gymboree Play & Music so much we even visited the Gymboree Play & Music in Ireland!! Meet Hudson! He is a proud big brother, has an incredible imagination, and loves spending time with his best friend Amelia at Gymboree Play & Music! He loves creating in art class, dancing to Gymbo tunes, and becoming a scientist during STEM classes!

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Meet Hayes! He is only two months old, but he is anxiously waiting for the moment he can chase around his big brother at Gymboree Play & Music!

Follow Christian on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/overthemoonmom/

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Makenzie

Hello! It is so great to be a part of the Gymbofams family!

My name is Makenzie, and my daughter is Scarlett. She is 18 months old, and we’ve been going to Gymboree Play & Music since Scarlett was about 3 months old. We reside in sunny San Diego, CA! Our local class is the Poway location, and we love all of our teachers. We are so glad we found GymboreePlay & Music.

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As a full time working mama they make class schedules easy for us to go during the week, or weekends. It is so nice to have play time with my baby girl, where she is free to be herself!

Follow Makenzie on Instagram right here: @scarlettskips!

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 Aliza

My name is Aliza, my husband is Asher and we are first time parents to Cody. We got married in December 2009 at the ripe age of 19. We decided to complete school and start our careers prior to starting a family. In August of 2017, we were blessed with our red-headed, blue-eyed love, Cody.

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As a labor and delivery nurse, I thought I knew almost everything it takes to care for a baby. Boy, was I wrong. Cody turned our life upside down. Married for 8 years, we had established our routine and who knew a hardly six pound little human could change it so much.

As a busybody, I needed something for Cody and I to do together to spend time so we don’t get sick of each other’s (cute) faces. That is where Gymboree Play & Music stepped in. From an early age, Cody had shown an interest in music (and has quite a rhythm). Therefore, the music class was a perfect match to enhance Cody’s love of music through singing, dancing, and movement.

Not only did it enhance both of our love for music, but it also promoted social skills as well. It was at the first class we attended that I realized that Cody is simply a human being (albeit small) who starves for social interaction. It allowed me to view Cody in a whole new light.

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In addition, I was lucky enough to meet new mothers in the same boat as me. I am not shy to admit that Gymboree Play & Music has been a lifesaver as a new mother!

Follow Aliza on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/alizabiza/

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Carmen

Hello! My name is Carmen Herrera and my husband is Ramiro. Adriana is our first child and like many first time parents we were nervous, scared but mostly excited.

I am a 5th grade teacher which means I am very blessed to have the summers off. Once the summer came I knew our baby needed activity, socialization and this momma needed time out of the house.


After our first class we were hooked. Adriana is 9 months old which means she’s crawling, standing up on any object she can and is having the time of her life. Gymboree Play & Music classes are fulfilling her needs cognitively and socially.

In the short amount of time we have been in the program she has already learned so much. I find myself singing songs to her at home just so she can smile and clap her hands.

We look forward to continuing our adventure with our Gymboree Play & Music family and seeing our sweet baby grow and learn.

Follow Carmen on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/carmen_herrera89/

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Leticia

My name is Leticia and I have a son name Jayden who is 15 months old. My husband and I realized very early on that Jayden was a fast learner and has a lot of energy. So we began researching programs that could help us encourage Jayden to develop skills more rapidly and put his energy to good use while playing and learning. We came across Gymboree Play & Music and we signed up for a free class. After seeing Jayden’s response to that one class, we knew we had to enroll him and we did.

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Although I am a stay at home mom, there is only so much we can do at home or at the park. Gymboree Play & Music is a great place to promote child development and encourage learning through play.

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Of course it’s a plus that we both get to make friends while there and we attend at least twice a week if not more. I am excited to help promote such programs and encourage parents to really invest in their children’s development because that is priceless.

Follow Leticia on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/jaydens__journey/

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Bri

My name is Bri Smocks and my husband’s name is Arthur. We had our first child Levi, in November 2017 and as a young, married African-American couple, there is so much we have not experienced when it comes to parenting. We love our parents and are grateful for our upbringing, but there are activities and developmental studies to which they were not aware when we were children.

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As millennial parents, we knew we wanted to challenge our son and provide opportunities for him that are not normally heard of in our community. That’s why Gymboree Play & Music is about more for us than having a space to play. It’s about giving Levi a chance to build his cognitive and motor skills at an early stage, factors which will serve him well as he grows older. My son showed signs that he was advanced and active before Gymboree Play & Music, but it was there that he crawled for an extended period of time and where his curiosity was stimulated. It also provides him with a chance to explore and improve his social skills which will prepare him for his first day of preschool next month.

Furthermore, as a first-generation college student, two-time graduate of Southern Methodist University, and currently a 10th grade English teacher, I know all too well the importance of early exposure on a child’s future. It is paramount that they have spaces like Gymboree Play & Music to fuel their interests and promote family time. For instance, his Gia, my mother, even attends classes with him and is the stand-in Grandmother for all of his friends! These are only a few of the benefits.

I am thankful to my college friend Craishia, a young, married mother like myself, for telling me about Gymboree Play & Music and now I am eager to do the same. There’s nothing better than sharing places like this with other moms so we can all give our children the best!

Follow Bri on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/momtolevi/

 

Gymboree Play & Music in Carmel and Greenwood, Indiana Celebrate Families and Community with Cool Tees!

Great fun was had at the Gymboree Play & Music locations in Carmel and Greenwood, Indiana. Wendy Shultz and her team decided to do a little celebration as a thank you for being part of their Gymboree Play & Music family!

Each child received a beautifully designed yellow Gymbo t-shirt as part of the celebration event and the kids we’re all smiles in their tees.

“It was a great way to celebrate the fact that we have been an important part of the families in the Indianapolis area for over 24 years! It’s so nice to see the kids wearing their Gymbo t-shirts in the community!”

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We want to thank the Carmel and Greenwood teams for making smiles, memories and celebrating the amazing families that attend Gymboree Play & Music in the Indianapolis area!

Redirecting That Frown Upside Down!

Let’s be honest. Parenting is challenging and sometimes we will do anything to just get our little one to stop throwing that tantrum in the middle of the store –yelling, bribing, you name it! But, learning how to take a negative and turn it around into a positive can have an enormous impact on your child’s emotional development!

You may have heard the term “redirecting” before. Redirection basically takes an emotionally-charged situation and diffuses it in a POSITIVE WAY!

Below are some typical parenting scenarios.

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When you have an infant who loves to get into everything.

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Infants are very curious little beings. Always, interested in anything and everything they can get their hands on, especially drawers! Encourage that curiosity in a safe way – maybe create a “safe drawer” filled with tupperware or other plastic containers. They can rummage and bang away to their heart’s desire and you can relax knowing your child is playing safe!

Adventurous Toddlers
When your child is testing those boundaries.

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During toddler years, there is plenty of experimenting, trying new things and pushing those boundaries. That’s how they learn! But, with that, can come an impulsive “NO” from the parent. Maybe your child is trying to climb up the slide while another child is coming down. Rather, than telling them “Stop!” or “don’t do that!”, you can teach them about taking turns, explaining why they need to wait a minute but that they can still enjoy the activity.

Determined Preschoolers
When your child is learning new things and gets frustrated.

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Preschoolers are constantly learning and challenging themselves. But, tackling new challenges can also come with some frustration for them. Maybe your child is throwing blocks because they can’t figure out how to build the tower. Sit down with them and calmly show them another way to build that tower, build an entirely new structure, or take them outside and throw a ball to get that frustration out!

We know parenting isn’t a one-size-fits-all initiative! But we do know that a great place to practice redirecting is at Gymboree Play & Music!

Introducing…Our GymboFam Member, Kim Caldwell!

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You may recognize her from American Idol but she’s also a new member of the GymboFam — and took over our Instagram for #TuesdayTakeover!! Kim and her little one, Harlow, love going to our Art class and Play & Learn class every week. Harlow has gained so much confidence joining the classes — she’s even gone to a Baby Prom already! And Kim says the classes keep her young and inspired!

Check out Kim’s #TuesdayTakeover and see all of the Gymbo fun her and Harlow are having!

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