• Pamela Tiner

4 Tips for Healthy Playtime

Engaging in play with your baby is one of the best things that can be done to help create and foster early childhood milestones as well as, develop interest, passions and develop a healthy balance of movement appreciation. Tummy time play should start as early as when baby comes home from the hospital. With the back to sleep recommendations, tummy time is incredibly important and should start out with a few minutes and slowly work up to an hour per day. In addition, play is an exceptional tool to use to help babies and children learn and prepare for life experiences.

Organized play and early childhood movement programs such as preschool dance, ninja and gymnastics have a number of benefits for your child that will help them build life skills. Problem solving, interacting with others and negotiating, learning to follow instructions, processing emotions, learning to be flexible and adaptable in different situations, willingness to take risks and try new things and developing creativity and imagination are all things that are developed during play.

Organized play, early childhood movement activities and tummy time are essential for the healthy development of your child. Here are some tips to help make the most out of your child's participation in these types of activities and programs:

1. Allow your child to make mistakes. So often we want to do things for them when they struggle or do things incorrectly, however, allowing your child to reason out their mistake and try again until they succeed helps to give them the confidence they need to face new things as they grow. It helps them to develop a healthy belief in their ability to accomplish new things.

2. Give your child options about activities. Children at an early age need options to find out things they may like and dislike. Just because it was your sport doesn't mean your child will like it. Be sure to allow them to try many different activities early on so they can find one or two that they are passionate about and avoid projecting your likes and dislikes on to them.

3. Offer challenges if your child gets bored. Many times when a child gets bored with a sport or activity it is the result of being under stimulated and they simply need to be challenged. If your child is struggling with boredom, be sure to offer them ways to challenge themselves in their activity so that they are having fun.

4. Allow your child to have fun and use their imagination. Remember, the benefits of activity and early childhood movement programs are far greater than just winning a game or a competition, so be sure to encourage them to enjoy the journey of learning and playing and not just focus on winning. Allow them to use their imagination during play and foster their creativity during their open play at home, as well as when they are playing with their friends. This will encourage them to develop a strong sense of belief in themselves to build and be an innovator later in life.

As early as birth a child will use play to discover the world around them and develop important life skills and taking time to encourage and join them on their journey of discovery is a huge part of the fun for them and us so how about it? Let's go out and play!

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"When my youngest daughter started the gymnastics program at Moseley’s Gymnastics at the age of 9, she yearned to belong in a sport of some activity of her own.  Being the youngest sibling, she often just followed in the shadow of her older sister just participated in dance and softball.  She was just expected to be like her older sister.  Even though she also excelled in all the same sports and activities, she still wanted to do something that was just “hers”.  She wanted her own thing to do.

Moseley’s Gymnastics offered a free class to try.  We signed her up and she was immediately hooked.  She excelled through the levels. She was offered a chance to compete on Team Lazer and that is when she truly began to blossom.  Her self-confidence began to build and she became a very strong independent young woman.  Not only did her gymnastic skills grow, but she began to build lifelong work ethic skills, Christian based values, integrity and goal setting skills that are also traits of strong leaders that I could see she was becoming.

After only a few short 7 years, these leadership skills have enabled her become a team leader, a coach, and a person who the younger gymnasts truly look up to and admire.

As a parent I would love to take the credit for creating such a wonder young adult, but in reality I had very little to do with it.  Alicyn is a product of the program at Moseley Gymnastics. Without the values they instilled in her, she would not be the successful college student, employee, or leader that she is.  I owe them many thanks"

Sheri Wilson Gym Mom 2009- present 

"My daughter started going to Moseley’s Gymnastics at the age of 3, for 10 years.  This program taught my daughter much more than gymnastics. She learned skills like:  strength, mental toughness, self-confidence, focus, goal setting, time-management, and how to be coachable.  I have seen her and  many of her gym sisters use these skills to become amazing young ladies."

Sally Carlton Gym mom 2004-2014



"I have 2 daughters who have been involved with Moseley’s gymnastics and a total of about 20 years and it was the best decision I could have made to enroll them there. Our experience over the years at Moseley‘s has been very positive the impact has carried out into their young adulthood.The coaches emphasize setting goals work ethic and determination which they will Utilize as life skills in the future. I would highly recommend putting your children in to gymnastics at Moseley’s you will see the positive impact as your child grows I sure did!!" 

Anna Lacomb Gym Mom/ Grandma 2005- present