‘Just the 2 of Us’ 2015 – #2
Sunday morning my little monkey prince had a free taster trial at ‘Rugby Tots‘. They’re just about to start in our area and we had signed up to hear about the classes as soon as they were available. James wasn’t feeling too well, so I took our little man. I think I probably would’ve taken him anyway but I know on some of the weeks Daddy will be going with him. Judah is in the age 2.5 – 3.5 class. He was a bit whingy before we were leaving home as he had not long woken up, and evil Mummy wouldn’t let him have a 3rd banana after he’d eaten his breakfast. I explained that we were going to do something nice and he put his coat on and eagerly came with me.
I had no idea how it would go, his first baby ballet class, he had pretty much hidden in my arms and was unsure about what was going on. When we arrived, he just ran straight and started giggling happily running around with one of the foam rugby balls. I had to get him back to take his hat and coat off and sign him in. With it being the first week, and I guess for the first few he had a name sticker so the coach could decipher which running toddler was which.
In this age group they expect the parents to join in, so each toddler had a parent on the court with them. I hadn’t realised it would be an activity that we could actually do together. I was in a dress ready for church afterwards so wasn’t sure how it would go down haha, but was infact really good. It was nice to have a bonding time with my son, over something that he was so enthusiastically excited over.
Now this isn’t a review for Rugby Tots although I may write one at one point, I would highly recommend it. There aren’t too many structured physical activities that I’ve seen for little boys of this age. The main reason we took him to baby ballet was so he could learn musicality, rhythm, discipline, his left from his right, and timing. This is so similar, with them having to know the colours, how many hands they hold the rugby ball with (always ‘two’ they had to shout), doing warm ups that including the counting to ten, knowing right and left, body parts etc. Perfectly designed for this age group.
I was so impressed with the way all these little excited children had been running around like wild animals, but when the coach told them to go and stand on their shape, they did.
I had to lead him around the assault course, play catch with him, sit with him and help him do warm ups, hold his hand as he learned to balance and stand up foam cones that had been knocked over previously. A great exercise, all these little toddlers running around and kicking down all the cones that they could. So sweet to watch.
Silly Mummy made the mistake near the end of class when we were doing some parachute games of coming forward when coach asked and telling Judah to stay on his shape, until I knew what the toddlers were doing. Well, that was it, no other toddler stayed on their shape, and even though it was for seconds, he believed he was being left out, so for the last 5 minutes of the class he cried.
I felt terrible and was trying to console him…. to which he replied, ‘I’m just tired and crying.’ Wow, I was gobsmacked, my little man was this self-aware at 2 and a half. He knew he was tired and therefore more teary than usual. So sweet. I absolutely LOVE that he can communicate with me, I am even more in love with the fact I somehow have a very self-aware little boy.
I dressed him back in his coat and hat and gave him his drink of water (in his beloved minion cup). He was much happier.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when we were setting off to Rugby Tots, but I was so pleasantly surprised, by how well thought out their curriculum was, by how much Judah LOVED it, and how it was a time that we could share together. This is definitely something that we are signing up for. It’s an awkward time on a Sunday morning, but between James and I we will be able to manage taking Judah to class and all being at church as a family on time. So, it’s one I’m looking forward to, even if it does make Sundays a bit more of a rush.
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NB. This post was not a review but we would highly recommend Rugby Tots, they do free taster sessions in areas all over the country. Check them out!