Friday, September 23, 2011

Gym class...

At the end of June Chris purchased a groupon for The Little Gym with every intention of taking Scarlett to a four week gymnastic class during the summer, but of course life got in the way.  So here we are in the month of September and I am stuck with a four week pass to The Little Gym and a fear of actually using it.  I called the gym, signed Scarlett up, and dreaded the first Thursday that I would have to step foot in unfamiliar territory.

Yesterday was the first Thursday and Scarlett did a pretty good job of providing a reason for three more weeks of fear.  I was "that" mom with "that" kid.  Scarlett was a total terror.  I have to keep reminding myself that is was her first time in the "classroom" environment, but I just keep seeing her clinging to me in terror and screaming when she was asked to do something she didn't want to do.  She was that kid, the emotional, uncontrollable, I'm going to do what I want, when I want, kid.  Every time we would start a new activity she would just get comfortable with the idea of participating and the class would switch to something else and she would freak out again.  At one point we had to stand on the side lines (by ourselves) because Scarlett refused to leave my arms and sit on a white line.  Yes, all we were asked to do was SIT on a white line, this was too much for Scarlett and the screaming continued until the teacher looked at us and said, "you can stand off to the side".  OH MY GOSH!!! This is her first time, this is her first time, this is her first time...I kept this statement on repeat in my mind for the next 45 minutes watching the clock tick slower and slower...

I am pretty sure that the class room is not exactly ready for Scarlett...or Scarlett isn't exactly ready for the class room.  Either way we have three more paid weeks of mommy torture time.  I am already preparing my "Scarlett, you can do this" pep talks.  Any suggestions?


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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you had an interesting time !!! keep it up I am sure things will settle down as everyone gets used to the new environment. Keep strong, you will be fine I'm sure.

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