Trip to the YMCA (and a bit of a rant)

YMCA

This morning Damian got on his bus and headed off to his summer school program, and we headed to the local Salem YMCA as a family.  What was supposed to be  a fun family trip to the gym turned out to be a mess of a morning.

It started off with bickering between the kids and between adults as well.  Which in turn sent Mike walking to the Y quit a distance alone ahead of me and the 3 kids.  We eventually arrived at the YMCA and checked in.

We headed up to the workout floor with all 3 kids in tow.  There were not enough treadmills next to each other for us to all do the treadmill together, so that took us about 30 minutes or so to take 10 minute turns.  After that we headed over to work on legs with the kids for a bit, which just turned out to be a crap show…. lol… Let’s see you take 8 year old twins and an almost 13 year old boy to workout with you, lol….  yeah… crazy

After all was said and done we got a pretty good workout in, as much as we possibly could.  On the way out I questioned the lady working at the front about what is available for children between the age of 8 and 11.  (After the age of 8 they are too old for the babysitting area, and under age 11 is too young to take part in all the activities  they have for teenage kids).   She first didn’t know that there was a cut off age for the babysitting service, and then when I explained that to her, she then proceeded to tell me the perk they get between age 8-11 is the ability to go onto the gym floor with parent supervision.  UM, OK, so no support for parents of children ages 8-11, I have to drag my kids in tow to the gym floor and supervise them, seems I am not getting much out of the full price that is being paid for memberships for 6 people, 4 of whom are children, 2 under the age of 11, but above the age of 8.

The lady working there also told me the times that they have family swim and stuff, but that wasn’t really what I asked.  Then she also went on to tell me about all the camps and programs that I could pay extra money for.   Well, thank you Salem, YMCA for making me question all the money we’ve spent, and whether it was a total waste.

I APOLOGIZE FOR THE ABOVE RANT, I COULDN’T HELP IT… MAY NOT MAKE ANY SENSE, BUT HEY, AT LEAST I FEEL BETTER NOW THAT I GOT THAT OUT OF MY SYSTEM.

So after this we headed out of the YMCA on the walk home and ended up walking different ways back home again.  But we are all back home now and planning to do it all again tomorrow morning.  Just adding in breakfast first, maybe that will cut down on the attitudes everyone had.

 

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