Navigating postpartum life is undoubtedly difficult for mothers. This challenge can only be amplified when a new mother does not have sufficient social support.
While taking on this challenge itself, Eagle Climbing and Fitness Employee Courtney Moore sought to provide a resource that had previously been unavailable to herself: a mommy and me rock climbing class called “Moms Rock.”
Moore explained how having the ability to find community in an established interest can help new mothers feel more “like themselves.” After giving birth, a mother of young children may feel like she has lost her identity and individuality – after all, she has a whole other person under her wing now.
In Moore’s experience with her two young children, she explained that the isolation and sense of loss of self become even more difficult to deal with when a parent’s young child begins to crawl. The child’s newfound mobility allows more dangerous situations to occur. Moore said any new parent can attest to how quickly youngsters can find themselves in danger. Constantly playing the role of protector, she explained that having time to do what they love often goes out the window for a new mom.
As her youngest child begins to embark on crawling adventures, Moore said establishing a place where new mothers can find a community with a common interest outside of all new mothers is a game-changer for her. -same. Moore explained how the extra support from other new moms around her is what helped her start climbing again.
“I kind of started it just so I could find other moms who have been through it or are going through it,” Moore said. “We can all share the ‘It takes a village to raise kids’ idea of just having a few extra sets of eyes on the little ones so mums can keep climbing or try climbing for the first time.”
The ‘Moms Rock’ climbing classes, which began on September 17, are not only there for mums to scale rock faces and find support from their peers, but also for their infants and toddlers to develop important security skills.
Many of the safety skills that young children in Moore’s climbing lessons learn involve becoming familiar with climbing gear if they grow up to share interest with their mother. However, much of the safety that infants and toddlers learn can be transferred to other areas of their lives, which in turn can help their parents breathe easier.
“If they’re bouldering on the shorter walls, the most important thing is that kids learn to come back down after they’re done climbing instead of jumping into mom or dad’s arms,” Moore said. “At some point in their childhood or early childhood, they’ll climb when mom or dad isn’t within reach and we don’t want them to jump from, you know, our or even 10 feet of high.”
After weeding out the inevitable toddler tears at the start of class, Moore said the little ones and moms ended up having a great time. The first part of the class is for young children to explore and learn about rock climbing. Once the kids wear themselves out, Moore said the moms have their chance to enjoy the rock climbing.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the upcoming Mom and Me “Moms Rock” climbing class, visit EagleClimbing.com.