Posted on Jan 2nd 2018
Young children are naturally active. They love to run, kick, throw, spin, jump and move in all kinds of ways. However, children today are often put in situations where their natural tendency toward movement is suppressed. At Romp n’ Roll, kids are encouraged to move and be creative, both of which have a very positive effect on their development and wellbeing.
Parents love Romp n’ Roll because our activities support and encourage the developmental benefits of movement, and kids love it because it’s fun! As a business aimed at meeting the needs of kids during their developmental years, a Romp n’ Roll franchise has a unique value. Parents will always be more willing to invest in activities that educate and nurture as well as entertain their kids.
Co-founder Babz Barnett says, “We have a great curriculum and we’re a lot of fun, but we are also committed to nurturing parents.” This balance between fun and nurturing is what keeps customers coming back, and why there is such a great demand in communities for a business like Romp n’ Roll.
How exactly does movement benefit young children?
Movement Spurs Emotional Development
As Vice President of Operations Jenneane Snyder explains “The most important things that will happen in a child’s life happen in those first five years…” Studies show that introducing movement activities at a young age can help children improve their strength, posture and sleep. But physical activity not only encourages physical development; it also helps children to grow emotionally and socially.
As an early form of self-expression, movement lets children build confidence. Interactive games encourage social skills and cooperation. And structured activities give them a sense of achievement.
Movement Helps Memory Development
Movement helps kids retain what they are being taught far more than the “sit still and listen” approach. It makes lessons more engaging and memorable. In fact, teachers say that after a few minutes of movement, their students have restored focus and productivity.
The area of the brain most associated with movement and motor control is the cerebellum.Amazingly, the cerebellum is the same part of the brain that processes memory, attention, and spatial perception.
Leads to Better Behavior
We all know kids who can’t sit still. When small children have too much energy to burn, it can lead to squirming, fidgeting, running in dangerous environments, whining or other behavioral issues. With Romp n’ Roll, kids get the opportunity to use their endless spring of energy in a positive way, which is great for both kids and parents.
Movement also helps children regulate their energy. The ability for children to adjust their energy has been shown to reduce behavioral problems such as fighting and bullying, and reduces anxiety.
Leads to a Lifelong Commitment to Activity
Physically active children are more likely to be physically active throughout their young life and into adulthood. Introducing movement activities to children early on plants a healthy seed that they will carry with them throughout the rest of their lives.
As kindergartens and preschools in the U.S. become more and more academic and regimented, kids need even more outlets for physical and creative activities.
That’s what makes Romp n’ Roll such a great children’s franchise opportunity.
As a Romp n’ Roll franchise owner, you can feel good about supporting positive development in children and helping parents raise healthy families.
Michael Barnett is the Co-Founder and CEO of Romp n' Roll. In addition to leading the Romp n' Roll management team, Michael is an active member of the International Franchise Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and serves on the Board of Directors for Connor's Heroes and Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He and his wife, Babz, were featured on the first season of ABC-TV's Shark Tank.