There’s nothing more precious than “mommy and me” time, so it’s essential to carve out time for those special moments before your child becomes a tween and reserves weekends and school breaks for friends and activities as far away from their parents as possible.
In fact, a child’s cognitive and social skills have been linked to spending more time with their mother between the ages of 3 and 7, according to study by academics from the University of Essex and University College London that was reported on theguardian.com.
Miami-based Pediatric Occupational Therapist Amy Baez, who created “Playful Jams” to encourage parent/child time, enjoys devoting her class to improving a child’s brain development while offering behavior-boosting exercises for children and their parents. “At my class, the parents do not drop the kids off and leave,” Baez said. “Parents are required to be there and participate.”
Baez’s classes are split into two age groups — 2-4 and 5-9 — so each group of children can thrive among their parents and peers. “Classes with a ‘Mommy and me’ [or parent and me] set-up strengthen trust bonds and enhance developmental and social skills,” she said.
We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym, 19635 State Road 7, Suite 45, Boca Raton, Zumbini.com
Get in shape while bonding with your little one with Zumbini classes Mondays 11:15 a.m. to noon through May 21 with instructor Andrea Hantman. Classes are also offered Tuesdays 11:15 a.m. to noon through May 22. Created by Zumba and BabyFirst for kids ages zero to four, the Zumbini allows you to sing, dance and play with your child and continue the fun with take home books, music and even a TV show to bring the experience home with you.