Playgroups: Aerobics for Kids

I have a theory that the same people who design playgroups also design aerobic classes because if you are new to either, you can’t follow the routines.

Somehow both aerobics instructors and playgroup leaders seem to believe that just because we show up, we know the drill. Well, I don’t, and neither does the girl. She usually game to follow along with the new songs and routines, but after 2 or three failed zigs when she should have zagged and knocking the poor kid next to us into next week (which always elicits a nasty sideways glance at me from the poor kids Mom) she gets frustrated. Problem being, when the girl gets confused and looks to me for help, all she gets from her Dad is a dofus with all the grace of a moose stuck in a bog.

Here’s a note to leaders of playgroups: for the sake of parents everywhere, do your routines twice. The first time, show us what you are going to do, then we can all follow along and retain some dignity in the eyes of our kids when they look to us for the answers.

4 responses to “Playgroups: Aerobics for Kids

  1. I quite agree! I think it’s all part of the ‘competitive parenting’ syndrome that seems determined to suck even the most mild mannered of parents into its evil vortex. “Hmph! If you were a GOOD parent, you’d have been bringing your child to playgroup since she was in utero and you would KNOW what you’re supposed to do! You’ve probably been abandoning her in front of the television and feeding her Cocoa Puffs all this time”

  2. This is exactly why I love the two playgroups we go to. It’s completely laid back and relaxed. If the kids want to listen to the stories and sing the songs, great. If they want to wander around and find something else to do, that’s perfectly ok as well. I love it.

  3. Someday I hope to find perfect playgroup Nirvana, Dave…someday…where the girl and I are in perfect synch with the other kids in the class and I stop looking like the only square in circle time.

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