Baby & Me Classes at The UCLA Family Commons were started with the intent to foster improved wellbeing in families by giving parents a platform to connect with their young children. The benefits of both Yoga and Music are extensive – reduced stress, increased attachment and fun physical activity.
The toddler stage specifically is a unique period within which parents are faced with a multitude of complex challenges as their children pass infancy. While the changes during this growth period can be stressful, research shows that building strong parent child realtionships and knowledge of child development results in a stronger foundation within the home.
Making time for playtime is a key to strengthening connections with your children.
This is done not only by creating much needed routines within the family unit, but also by showing your young children that grown ups can have fun, be silly and share in simple joys. Whether it’s a Baby & Me Class where you connect not only with your child, but also with other families in your community; or just a weekly routine of playing around the house or in the park – the benefits will strengthen the foundation you share with your child.
This foundation will be the key to maintaining and fostering a healthy relationship with your children into the school aged years and as they mature into teens. While they may not always want to roll around and perform sing-a-longs with you, the connection will be lasting. As parents, the key is to establish that foundation, and then be prepared to evolve the activities and rituals you create to be age-appropriate through your child’s growth.
So beginning in infancy and the toddler years, and then continuing as your child grows – always be sure to make time for playtime.