Friday, January 30, 2015

Excited to be Working with Cafe O'Play!

When possible, I try to spend some time with each of my boys independently.  I find them to be very different people one on one, when they don't feel the need to compete for my attention.  I think it is good for them to get all of Mommy's attention without it being turned toward the other brother doing something dangerous, getting hurt, needing the potty, etc.

Recently, I planned a day off to celebrate Mr. I.'s fourth birthday.  We dropped little brother off at day care, went out to breakfast, enjoyed some active play time, met Daddy for lunch at work, and watched some TV together instead of napping!  It was an awesomely fun day!  One on one time doesn't have to be an all-day extravaganza, though.  Even a quick trip to the store, walk around the block, or reading a book together can satisfy that need for undivided attention.

I know that for many families finding ways to spend one on one time with a child can be difficult.  For families not using daycare, finding suitable care for siblings can be difficult. 

This is exactly why I am so excited to be working with Cafe O'Play in Stow, OH this winter.  Children over the age of 2 can play in their large indoor play ground while being supervised by the fantastic and engaging Cafe O'Play staff (with a regular admission ticket) while children younger than 2 along with a caregiver participate in the Signing Smart Beginner Play class. Afterwards, you can play together and get lunch at the cafe. 

My family has already enjoyed several play dates here, and have no plans to slow down on our attendance.  There's always new kids to play with, and I always put happily exausted boys to bed on nights we visit.  We haven't had a chance to try out any of the delicioius looking food yet, but it's definately on our to-do list!  I love the look of their "kid tins" where you choose several different itmes like crackers, fruit, veggies, meat, etc. and it's served in a little six section muffin tin.

Registration for the 8 week class is only $120 and includes the Signing Smart Beginner Handbook, Signing Smart ASL Glossary DVD, and Signing Smart Treasure Chest DVD.  Class will meet at Cafe O'Play on Thursday mornings from 10-11am starting February 26.  As an added bonus, class participants over the age of 1 will be granted re-entry to play after class for just $5! (Children under 1 are always admitted free.)

What's more, there will be a FREE preview class held at Cafe O'Play on Thursday, February 19 at 10am.  You can come see how much fun we have while we play, sing, and sign. This will be the perfect opportunity to have some fun one-on-one time, see what Signing Smart is all about, and register for the 8 week session.

Space in both the preview and 8 week class is limited.  Register early to ensure your space!

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