Need some suggestions please

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Registered: 02-10-2012
Need some suggestions please
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 3:39pm

What types of mom groups or child/parent activies that would be good to do with my daughter?   We tend to be hermits when the cold weather hits and I want to get out with her more often.   I'm nervous about joining playgroups, don't want people to judge her at all.  What have your experiences been with them?

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Registered: 11-06-2009
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 11:35pm

I am not sure about the age of yor child.  My daughter is 4 years old.  When she was a baby I was very self conscious in a group setting.   She walked at 22 months so prior to that we had several people wonder why she was not walking.   I tried to sign up for classes with a wide age range.  For example the park district offered a "Play with Me Class" for ages 0-6.  She seemed to blend and get less stares b/c nobody knew her age and there were a wide variety of ages.  I often left feeling bad if I compared her to the other kids, but I put my feelings aside so she could have the experience.  I also would take her to the mall play areas early in the morning when they were less crowded.  I found I would be open with Kendall's issues to avoid getting stares and odd looks.


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Registered: 05-18-2005
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 1:50pm

Age?  Degree of delay or disability?  My ds is 3.  When he was littler, we switched from Gymboree gym classes to the music ones, because he clearly couldn't do what his age-mates were doing in the gym, and that worked fine.  General play dates or playground situations are usually fine for us, even if he spends more time on the swings or just running around rather than climbing the more challenging equipment.  Little kids are pretty accommodating.  If you're looking for a sport, you could try swimming.  It's supposed to be good therapy for hypotonic kids, and ds loves it!

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