Get off your high (vault) horse already!


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So I have been tirelessly searching for an appropriate activity (as though I don’t run around enough for therapy) that Jp can join and expand his social horizons. I want him to have more interaction with peers and at least some time per week that is dedicated to a physical activity that he can enjoy and learn from simultaneously. His interests are rather limited so this is a more daunting task than it seems at first glance. Here were some of my prerequisites:

1) Nothing involving singing toddler appropriate music. Jp is picky, picky, picky on this issue and if he is disinterested will cover his ears for the entire duration. Never seen a kid that hates the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’? Well, come on over to my house.

2) Nothing that involves books. He is jealous of a flea’s attention span, no joke.

3) Nothing that involves taking turns. He doesn’t grasp the concept and is easily frustrated in these types of scenarios.

4) Nothing with too many rules. Again, with a language barrier it becomes confusing and difficult for him to follow.

5) Nothing that involves meeting up with strangers. I love my son but awkward social situations in the name of love are out of the question. I have tried, I promise, but it was so uncomfortable that I never went back.

6) Nothing that is held out of my sight. I don’t want to drop him off with a language delay at a ‘mother’s day out’ and hope for the best. He isn’t the best listener (understatement of the century) and is prone to wandering off so I would worry myself to death the entire time.

So as you can see, I am working with a rather limited pool of activities for his age range. I looked into swimming but that wouldn’t be for another year. I thought dance would be fun since he seems to enjoy hip hop music (I have no idea whose child he is) and it is visual learning, which he excels in. Classes start at age 4. Then I stumbled across toddler tumbling. I thought, “How perfect!”

Tumbling is something he does at home frequently as we work a ton with learning action verbs. He loves to roll and bounce and jump. He even knows the words perfectly and is able to follow the directions if given. How structured could a class for 2 year old’s be, right?


I received a call yesterday letting me know that the classes are (verbatim quote), “Quite structured as we are preparing future gymnasts for the more advanced classes so someone with a difficulty in following directions would not be a good fit.” It was all I could do to thank her and hang up before I became even more irritated.

They are two for goodness sakes. They acted like they were training for the Olympics! All I wanted was for Jp to have a fun, social activity once a week where he could run off some energy and be around other children his age. What fantastic strides as a gymnast are they making at age two? I anticipated tiny trampolines and rolling around on brightly colored mats not mini versions of Nadia Comaneci.

What I think is the worst part is that they didn’t even give him a chance. I understand that he has some language issues but he is a great kid. He loves to be active and might have been a wonderful addition to your class. Why not ask us to come for a trial lesson just to see if it was a fit before you just out and out rejected him from the program? Thank you for taking the time to get to know someone on a personal level before you wrote them off as “unfit”. Oooooh, I was so furious but know that losing my temper at an employee of the gym wasn’t going to solve anything. As though venting on my blog does…hmmm. 🙂

So my quest continues. Any idea would be welcome!



Amber Perea View All →

I'm just living minute to minute, hour to hour, day to day.

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  1. That is really bizarre that they would have that attitude in a class for two year olds! As someone who did gymnastics for years growing up, yes some gyms/coaches are going to be more structured and serious, but I’m really surprised to see it starting when the kids are so young. That’s just ridiculous. Are there any other places in the area with a similar class? It sounds like gymnastics/tumbling would be a great fit if you can find the right gym. What about yoga for toddlers? It’s too bad dance isn’t an option yet.

    • I’m looking into it as we speak. It seems it is a hard class to get into as the sessions run three months and book pretty far in advance. But I’m not giving up! I think he would excel at it and I am determined to find a gym that would give him a chance.

  2. Do you have any sort of “Little Gym” where you guys are? Or, ask your local school – our schools send home fliers all of the time for local toddler/preschool activities that I would never have found on my own.

  3. I’m so sorry that happened. What is this? The Olympics? What’s up with that? Just curious, are they are on yelp/facebook something else? I’m wondering if other parents have had the same experience. at that particular gym. I guess it depends on how far down the rabbit hole you wanna go… the reeking of snobbishness just really bothers me!

    • I know! What kind of gym rejects a toddler?! I was irate. But I did find another class that is similar and seemed very open to having him and I am excited about that. I hope he goes on to win an Olympic medal just so I can shout out a “no thanks to…” On espn! 😉

  4. Sounds like you’ve found an answer, but something to keep in mind – the YMCA often has community classes for kids with special needs for little or no cost. We just started Noah in one and it is like $15.00 for 12 weeks (just an admin fee, I guess). And moms get to do the class with their child and EVERYBODY is accommodated. We love it!


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