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Bring a friend to The Little Gym

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We are happy to announce our 'Bring a friend' week from February 28 until March 5. During this week it is possible to invite a friend to join the class.

It is important to let us know if you want to bring a friend. This to make sure we can teach a safe class and to avoid disappointment. In some (full) classes it is not possible to bring a friend. We will inform you about other classes that are available.


Please send us an e-mail or call us to reserve a spot for a friend. Also mention name and age. In a parent-child class (under 3) the parent of the friend will also join the class. 

Have Fun! 


Holiday camps during the spring break

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Great fun! During the school holidays, rain or shine, The Little Gym® camps provide children with a fabulous variety of fun, activity, learning and creativity. Themed sessions that change every week stimulate physical and motor-skill development with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors. From 3 to 8 years old.

The theme for this week will be: The dragon's slumber party! 

They will get a healthy snack and drinks during these camps. Choose as many days as you like and that suit your schedule.

Schedule
Tuesday 28th February 12:00-15:00
Wednesday 1st March 12:00-15:00
Thursday 2nd March 12:00-15:00

Upon enrolling a friend who has never been to The Little Gym, you as a member will get 50% discount on a holiday camp. 

Price:
For members only!
1/2 day €25
Full day €50
10 camp package €230 (valid for one year)

Non members:
1/2 day €30
Full day € 60
10 camp package €230 (only available when purchasing the annual membership)

If you are interested in signing your child up for one of these fun camps, please call or email as limited places are available, we are happy to help you reserve a place.


Open doors February 4th

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We invite everybody to our open doors to expierence our The Little Gym programme. On Saturday February 4, between 16:00 and 17:30, we invite all children between 4 months and 12 years old together with their parents to come and join the FUN!

We will offer coffee and tea in our lobby and drinks for the little ones and snacks.

Our instructors will be ready for you to answer your questions and to help you with further information about our programme. Of course our current members are also welcome!


So much to choose from!

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A new phase has started in your child’s life! They are turning 6 and a whole world of new possibilities opens up for them and you. The offer of sports activities is more varied and can at times be overwhelming. What will be the best choice for you and your child?

Maybe you are very fond of dance or rugby and you would love to see your child enjoy these sports as you have done during your youth. Maybe the whole class is joining the ballet school and you child would like to join his friends?

Luckily your child has been working on a very strong foundation in their Giggle worms/ Good Friends class. They have grown stronger, more flexible and agile. They have learned to work together and be part of a team. Not that their improved physical abilities have opened up a new world of possibilities their class at The Little Gym will change accordingly….

Our Hot Shots and Flips classes are based on the official USA curriculum; it is all about learning cartwheel, handstand and back hand spring! The primary focus of a Hot Shots / Flips class is learning gymnastics skills. The groups will be divided based on individual level and specifically for those children that are ready for an even bigger gymnastic challenge, we have the Twisters/aerials classes.

We challenge the children at their own level in a non competitive-environment where it is more important to try your best than be the best. Working with small groups and a ratio of one teacher to 7 children, every child will receive ample individual feedback. The themes of the classes specifically suit this age group with a strong focus on working together and helping each other to succeed.

Please come see us at the front desk with any questions you might still have. We are ready to discuss the different options for you and your child.


Your child will go to school!

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How time flies!  Your little one is already turning 4 and that means ‘school’. Your child might be ready for it, but are you too? Perhaps you would like to read a little bit more about what you can expect.

As a parent you might worry that your child’s first period at school is too tiring. They will start with 5 days, having to complete many different assignments while sitting still for a long time. In addition your child needs to get used to a new group dynamic in a classroom and having to share the attention of the teacher with 28 other children. No wonder this can be exhausting! Luckily your child has had the opportunity to prepare for this upcoming challenge in our Funny Bugs class. They have learned to follow instructions, to stay with a group and to build a trusting relationship with an instructor. Now that the expectations of your little pupil are changing, The Little Gym class will change as well.

The Giggle Worms / Good friends classes are specifically developed for children 4 years and older to support them during this important new phase in their life. We offer these classes after school and during the weekend.

After a day of sitting still, your child will be eager to go to a warm and nurturing environment that they already know, where they can burn energy and be themselves.

Every child is different and each will have their individual pace to get adjusted to their new schedule. This is not only a big change for your child, but also for you as a parent!

We are ready to help you to find a suitable solution for you and your child. Please come and see us at the front desk to discuss the different options that we have to offer.  


Confirmation week for the rest of the season

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We enjoy having your child in our classes at The Little Gym and are happy to see so many of you have already booked a spot for the second part of the season.

We hope you and your child will stay with us until the end of the season too, July 9 2017. This way we will be able to have even more FUN and learn more new things. 

If you have not been able to tell us what your plans are for the rest of the season, please come to the desk before Sunday January 22 to let us know. After this date we will also give people from the waiting lists a chance to reserve a spot.

We would like to help you find a time and day that suits your schedule best and help you to enroll your child. Please note that some classes are already filling up and we have waiting lists. Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis.

Please let our staff at the desk know if you have any other questions regarding classes or our schedule!
(click on 'semester 2' in the drop down menu) 


The Little Gym opening hours during the Christmas holidays

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The Little Gym will be closed for regular classes as of Saturday December 24. As of Saturday January 7, classes will resume. We hope to see you all back at The Little Gym as of January 7!

During the Christmas holidays we will offer our Winter camps, designed for children between 3 and 8 years old. Please find more information on our webpage: camps


Wintercamps during the Christmas holidays

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Great fun! During the school holidays, rain or shine, The Little Gym® camps provide children with a fabulous variety of fun, activity, learning and creativity. Themed sessions that change every week stimulate physical and motor-skill development with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors. From 3 to 8 years old.
They will get a healthy snack and drinks during these camps. Choose as many days as you like and that suit your schedule.

Schedule
Tuesday 27 December 9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 28 December 9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 29 December 9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 30 December 9:00 - 12:00

Tuesday 3 January 9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 4 January 9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 5 January 9:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 6 January 9:00 - 12:00

Price:
For members only!
1/2 day €25
Full day €50
10 camp package €230 (valid for one year)

Non members:
1/2 day €30
Full day € 60
10 camp package €230 (only available when purchasing the annual membership)

If you are interested in signing your child up for one of these fun camps, please call or email as limited places are available, we are happy to help you reserve a place.


Extra class for Hot Shots/Flips and Twisters

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Every week we are looking forward to teach our Grade School classes (6-12 years old). We also know you and your child have a busy schedule, so making up a missed class is sometimes hard to schedule. Therefor we would like to offer you an extra option to do a missed class.

On Thursday January 12 we will offer a ‘one off’ Hot Shots/Flips and Twisters class form 16:00-17:00. If you will miss a class in the future, it is possible to already book an extra class on the 12th. If this is successful we will be able to offer this option in the future again.

Come to the desk to reserve a spot in this class! CAll us on 070 3000 992 or send us an email


Start new Birds class on Sunday

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 A perfect start at The Little Gym! It is never too early to start. We are happy to see our Birds classes (10-18 Mo) are filling up and therefore we will be opening a new class.

As of Sunday January 8 it is possible to join this class at 14:45. Are you and your child enrolled in another class at the moment and would you like to switch to the Sunday afternoon? Please let us know by sending an e-mail or come to the desk.


Start new Beast / Super Beast class on Wednesday

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Because of all our loyal and enthusiastic customers, we are ready to open another Beast / Super Beasts class on Wednesday at 9:15!

As of Wednesday December 7, it is possible to join this class. Are you and your child enrolled in another class at the moment and would you like to switch to the Wednesday? Please let us know by sending an e-mail or come see us at the desk.

Sinterklaas party at The Little Gym

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Following last year's success Sinterklaas will be back for another great party at The Little Gym and he will visit the gym two days! All children between 4-12 years are invited to join us on Saturday 3rd of December for drinks, snacks and lots of fun with Sinterklaas and The Little Gym instructors. Doors open at 4 PM and we will finish at 5.30 PM.

On Sunday the 4th of December Sinterklaas will come again and now all children between 0 and 4 years old are welcome to show their gymnastics tricks to Sinterklaas between 3 PM and 4.30 PM. On both days there will be spectacular shows, drinks and snacks available and a lot of FUN!

If you have children in different age groups, just pick the day that suits you best! Please confirm your visit by sending us an email: denhaag@thelittlegym.eu with the name of your child(ren) and the (maximum of two) adults coming along.

The week before his party all children are invited to join their regular class in their Pieten - costume, from Tuesday November 29th until Sunday December 4th. 


Enrollment for the full season

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We would like to inform you about the different options for enrolment. At The Little Gym it is possible to enroll for a half season (until February 5th) or for a full season (until July 9th). We are happy to announce that a lot of you will be joining our classes until the summer; a full season!

Until the end of October we still offer a 5% discount upon enrolling for the second season. If you have signed up your child for the first part only, and you wish to enroll for the second part as well, come to the desk and we will help you reserve the spot.

Not only will we offer the 5% discount, but we will also be able to guarantee the spot in the preferred class. We have waiting lists for some classes, and we would like to offer you the option to reserve now. Especially for the Hot Shots/Flips classes (6-12 year), Beasts (19-29 months) and Giggle Worms/Good Friends (4-5 years) classes are filling up quickly.


Workshop first aid for babies and children

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Enrol now for a

Workshop First Aid to Babies and Children 

Many of us do not know how to provide proper aid in case of minor and more serious accidents in and around the house. Still you would feel more secure if you would know how to act in case of an emergency rather then to stand by helplessly.

During this interactive workshop a certified first aid instructor will teach you how to deal with a child that has taken something poisonous, has burned itself or has brain injury. You wil learn first aid skills for a heavy bleed, a sprain, a choking child or an unresponsive child. You will also get advice on prevention of the most common accidents with babies and children.

Wednesday 2nd of November from 7 pm untill 10 pm (Dutch) at The Little Gym in Voorburg, Koningin Julianalaan 343.

Wednesday 9th of November from 7 pm untill 10 pm (English) at The Little Gym in Voorburg, Koningin Julianalaan 343.

Cost € 25,- per person incl. coffee/tea.

Register with Mieke Kooijman, tel. 06 14290910 or email: info@kooijman-ehbo.nl


Mieke Kooijman

Mieke Kooijman is a Red Cross certified first aid instructor. As well as teaching full first aid courses and CPR trainings, she enjoys doing workshops that focus on specific needs. The workshop mentioned above is composed especially for (grand)parents and carers of babies and small children who want to gain valuable first aid knowlegde for the most common accidents in a short space of time, rather than to do a full twelve hour certified course.


Serious Fun during the Holidays !

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Great fun! During the school holidays, rain or shine, The Little Gym® camps provide children with a fabulous variety of fun, activity, learning and creativity. Themed sessions that change every week stimulate physical and motor-skill development with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors. From 3 to 8 years old.

Our camps run on Monday and Tuesday during October and each camp is 3 hours long. Flexible registrations are available.

During the December camps it is possible for your child to join whole days (you will provide lunch) or half days. They will get a healthy snack and drinks during these camps. Choose as many days as you like and that suit your schedule.

Schedule October:
Tuesday 18 October 12:00 -15:00
Wednesday 19 October 12.00 - 15:00
Thursday 20 October 12.00 - 15:00

We run our regular classes during the rest of the week.

Schedule December:
Tuesday 27 December 9:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 28 December 9:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 29 December 9:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 30 December 9:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 16:00

Tuesday 3 January 9:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 4 January 9:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 5 January 9:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 6 January 9:00 - 12:00 

Price:
For members only!
1/2 day € 25
Full day € 50
10 camp package € 230

Non members:
1/2 day € 30
Full day € 60
10 camp package €230 (only available when purchasing the annual membership)


Open doors on August 20th


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We invite everybody to our open doors to expierence our The Little Gym programme. On Saturday August 20, between 14:00 and 16:00, we invite all children between 4 months and 12 years old together with their parents to come and join the FUN! We will offer coffee and tea in our lobby and drinks for the little ones and snacks. 

Our instructors will be ready for you to answer your questions and to help you with further information about our programme.

Of course our current members are also welcome to join the open house so we can talk about what you did this summer. If there are friends that also want to learn about The Little Gym, feel free to invite them too!

We would love to see you all.

Find our new schedule here. 


Start of the new 2016-2017 season!

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We hope everyone is enjoying a great Summer with nice weather, family and friends. We are already preparing for the new season, starting in August and are looking forward to welcoming you all (back).

We start on Monday August 22. This School year will run until the 9th of July. If you have not reserved a spot for your child in a preferred class yet, please ask one of the instructors for help or give us a call: 070 3000 992.

You will find our schedule here


Summer Camps - From July 11 - August 19 2016

 

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Great fun! During the school holidays, rain or shine, The Little Gym® camps provide children with a fabulous variety of fun, activity, learning and creativity. Themed sessions that change every week stimulate physical and motor-skill development with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors. From 3 to 8 years old.

Our camps run from Monday through Friday and each camp is 3 hours long. Flexible registrations are available. It is possible for your child to join whole days (you will provide lunch) or half days. They will get a healthy snack and drinks during these camps. Choose as many days as you like and that suit your schedule.

 

 

Schedule:

Monday 9-12 am and 1-4 pm

Tuesday 9-12 am and 1-4 pm

Wednesday 9-12 am and 1-4 pm

Thursday 9-12 am and 1-4 pm

Friday 9-12 am and 1-4 pm

Price:

For members only!

1/2 day  €25 

Full day  €50

10 camp package €230

Non members:

1/2 day  €30 

Full day  € 60

10 camp package €230 (only availlable when purchasing the anual membership €40)



Enrolment for the new school year

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Priority Enrolment for the new school year starts in May! We will take reservations for the new Season, that starts in August. Our classes are very popular and we want to guarantee our current members a place.

We would like to offer members a discount upon enroling for the whole school year. You will find the important information regarding the different enrolment weeks below:

Week 1 (2/8 May) Early birds enrolments
- We would like to offer our 'early birds' an interesting discount of 10% upon enroling for the full school year. This can save you up to 80 euro!
- And we will offer the first 100 enrolments our 'limited edition' present: a beautiful coffee mug.
- Of course we will have something for our small friends as well. Your child can choose a present too.
- To make enrolments easy for you, you do not need to pay anything at the desk and you will only have to sign the enrolment form to specify your class preference.

Week 2 (9/15 May)
- This week will be the same as the first week, with the same presents and discounts, but if you really want our fantastic coffee mug for your own delicious coffee, you'll have to be quick!

Week 3 (16/22 May)
- During this week we still offer our members a 10% discount upon enroling for the full school year, which will save you up to 80 euro. For the children we will have a present ready at the desk, but you will probably have to drink your coffee from a regular mug now ;)

Week 4 (23/29 May) Last chance!
- As of this week we will offer a discount of 7,5% upon enroling for the full school year.
- After this week also non members and people from our waiting list can enrol. It could be possible that classes will be full at this point.
What are the advantages of reserving your spot in this month?

Let’s summarize:
- Guaranteed spot in the class you prefer (no waiting lists)!
- A 10% discount upon enrolling for the Full Season (44 classes --> save up to 80 euro!)
- A chance to win a birthday party, worth 280 euro
- The first 100 enrolments will receive a limited edition coffee mug
- For all children we have a present ready at the desk

Please see our schedule and talk to one of our instructors for more information and reservations.



Colouring contest at The Little Gym Den Haag

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Congratulations to all winners of the coloring contest, Liz Hompes, Qamar Yass, Nitya Dhanyamratu, Emilie Beaufils, Rick Henken en Eva Mund!

You will receive your price at The Little Gym!



Get Up and Get Moving!

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The times, they’re changing, and it’s becoming even more difficult to keep our kids engaged, happy, and well, out of our hair. I know I’m not alone when I say that I have used my friends: television, computer, and tablet as a distraction for my children when I need 30 minutes of peace.

 

As parents, we know it’s not always easy, but are kids being exposed to too much technology? According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children spend an average of 7 hours a day using media including television, computer, internet, video games, and cell phones. In an ever growing media driven world, it’s becoming even more important to make sure your child is getting active every day.

 

So, how can you encourage your child to get active? Show them that being active is fun! Exercise as a family by going for a nightly walk, jog, or having a family soccer game in the back yard. You can also get your children involved in activities outside of the home like The Little Gym to help them appreciate a healthy and active lifestyle for years to come. Whether you’re running, jumping, or tumbling, get moving with your child to build the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits!


Our Top 5 Family Dinners

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You know how important it is that your kids eat a healthy dinner every night and we know how hard it is to get your kids to eat the food you want them to eat. If you’re tired of mac & cheese and frozen chicken nuggets, here’s a list of our top five healthy dinners that the whole family will enjoy.

 

  • Looking for a way to pump more vegetables into your kids’ diet? Let’s start with Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs. The spaghetti squash is packed full of nutrients. The recipe also includes a healthy amount of celery, carrots, and tomatoes all disguised in the sauce. If you want to make it even healthier, try trading the ground beef for ground turkey.
  • These Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls are stuffed full of healthy things like black beans, spinach, and corn. If you want to make them even heartier try adding some cooked chicken breast. These save so well you might even want to make a double batch so your kids can eat them the next night, too!
  • We love burgers! As a parent you’ll love these Ultimate Turkey & Black Bean Burgers even more because not only are they made with healthy ground turkey but there is also a serving of protein- and fiber-rich black beans in each one. Add some sliced avocado to really make it healthy to the max.
  • We love this recipe for Sesame Chicken Salad because it’s a little out of the ordinary and easy as can be. Your kids will love eating the carrots, snow peas, chicken and pasta, especially when they’re the ones who mix the peanut butter dressing.
  • Your family will beg you every week to make these Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers, a fun play on the traditional chicken pot pie. You’ll be surprised how easy it they are to make. This recipe calls for chicken breast, celery, and carrots, but don’t be scared to add other vegetables to the mix.


Happy eating!


Benefits of Chores

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Do children need chores? According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, young children who are given household chores “build a lasting sense or mastery, responsibility and self-reliance.” And what parent doesn’t want that for their child?

 

The article also found that those who began chores around ages 3 and 4 were more likely to have positive relationships with their families, higher academic success and were also found to be more empathetic and responsive to others needs. Need we say more? Check out these 5 ideas for encouraging your child to help out around the house:

 

  1. Turn on some music while your child sweeps the kitchen or picks up their toys. Adding music to the mix will make doing chores more enjoyable for both of you.
  2. Kids love a good game – set a timer and motivate your kids to do their chore as fast (and efficient) as possible.
  3. Consider the way you approach chores – make it fun and let your child know that they are “helping” you by completing a certain task.
  4. Keep a chore chart - once your child has filled their chart let them choose a “prize” of their choice like staying up “late” on a weekend, ice cream with mom & dad, or a trip to your local children’s museum or zoo.
  5. Have fun with it. Making chores fun is the best way to encourage your child to complete their chores now and for years to come.

 

To read the full article, click here.


Nice Kids Finish First

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The Little Gym helps kids develop social skills, which studies find may be the most important factor for long-term success.


Science has confirmed it: nice guys don’t finish last. At least not according to a new study which suggests that kindergarten students who display pro-social behavior may be more likely to graduate college and have steady jobs. The 20 year national study tracked more than 700 children from kindergarten through age 25. The researchers found that young children that scored highest in social competence skills, such as sharing, taking turns, and listening, were four times more likely to graduate from college than those who did not. The study also found that, in some cases, these types of social skills may be better predictors of future success than academic skills.

Positive social skills are something that can be learned and improved upon throughout childhood. Programs at The Little Gym help children grow and develop social skills in a fun environment that provides a different context for learning. Games are purposefully designed to enhance social development and the non-competitive environment encourages children to play with each other rather than against each other. Children learn to become more considerate of one another, more aware of the feelings of others, and more willing to work together for mutual benefit. These essential life skills help children learn how to interact in positive and socially acceptable ways which helps them become well-rounded little people so that, as research now confirms, they grow into well-rounded adults.


Oh where, oh where have our dear manners gone? Oh where, oh where could they be?

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Good manners are not something that children will naturally pick up. Children need to be taught, reminded, and reminded again of the importance of having good manners.  Good manners help children become well-rounded adults. The trick is to teach your child manners that are age-appropriate so they are able to understand why manners are SO important!  Here are 6 manners that are at the top of our good-manners list.

 

  1. “Thank you” is a word that both parents and The Little Gym instructors cannot stress enough!  A simple thank you sends a powerful message of gratitude. When someone does something for you, gives you a compliment, gives you a gift, etc. it is important to always say thank you. When a child is old enough, a good practice is for children to write their own personal thank you notes when receiving a gift or spending time at a friend’s house. A written note goes a long way!
  2. “Please” or “the magic word”, is an important tool for children to get what they want. Please is a great manner to learn for even children who are not yet talking. If a child wants something it is important for them to use their manners by expressing ‘please’ and following it up with a ‘thank you’.
  3. “Excuse me” or “pardon me”, at a certain age children should learn not to interrupt adults when they are having a conversation. Rather, they should learn to wait their turn or say ‘excuse me’ or ‘pardon me’ if they need to interrupt. These phrases also work when in public and your child needs to get around a person who may be in their way, or when your child bumps into someone by accident. By using ‘excuse me’ or ‘pardon me’ your child will not only be heard but will be doing this in a positive manner.
  4. “Hello” and “goodbye”; Greetings and goodbyes are basic functions of communication. Beginning at a young age children should learn the appropriate way to address people when they enter and leave a room. Greetings and goodbyes are a great way to teach children how to interact with one another.
  5. Table manners; starting at a very young age children can learn table manners. Starting when children begin eating solid foods they are often re-directed when throwing or spitting food. This helps children learn what is acceptable and what is not. When children get a bit older it is important for them to learn basic table manners; knowing how to use your utensils, asking for things to be passed when they are out of reach, and asking to be excused when they are finished with their meals. Basic table manners follow children throughout their lives and helps parents enjoy their mealtimes as well!
  6. Be kind to others; it is important for children to learn how to be kind and positive. Teaching children that mean words and teasing is hurtful helps a child understand the importance of kindness.

 

Practice makes perfect – keep practicing and reminding your child of the importance of having good manners. Be repetitive, if your child does not say please then simply make them ‘say the magic word’ and they will begin to catch on! Often times role-playing is a great way to have your child experience the appropriate way to act in certain situations. Great manners go a long way and it is best to begin good practices at a young age!


Cold and Flu Myths

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It starts with a sniffle – next thing you know, the whole household is sneezing, coughing, and passing tissues. If you’re feeling confused about how to treat colds and the flu, you’re not alone. Separate the facts from the fiction and check out the top 3 cold and flu related myths.

 

Myth #1: The flu vaccine causes the flu: Getting a flu shot may cause symptoms that feel like the flu, but the viruses contained in the flu shots have been killed, or “inactivated.” which means they can’t cause infection. While there may be some achy side effects that can sometimes follow the flu shot, it just means your immune system is responding and processing the vaccine.

Myth #2: You’re more likely to get sick if you’re cold: Despite mom’s warnings that you should bundle up, being cold does not cause a cold. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, infections prevail in winter months because they are spread when more people stay indoors for longer periods of time and are in closer contact with each other.

Myth #3: Hugging and kissing are great ways to spread cold and flu germs: Cold and flu viruses like to enter the body through the nose or eyes, so a hug or a peck on the cheek isn’t likely to be dangerous. Don’t be afraid to give your sick child plenty of affection, and don’t worry that a kiss or hug will spread your germs to him (or vice-versa).

 

Many parents recognize The Little Gym as a safe and clean place in which to bring their children. We work hard to ensure each and every visit lives up to your expectations. Daily and weekly cleaning and sanitation helps keep our environment sparkly and keeps the germs away.  And if your child is feeling a little under the weather, our generous make-up policy allows you to attend a make-up class by simply calling us prior to the absence.


6 Ways to Build Confidence in Kids

6 Ways to Build Confidence in Kids

Parents are a child’s greatest influence. As a parent, there are many things you can be doing to establish and strengthen your child’s confidence. Here are 6 tips for strengthening your child’s confidence.

 

  1. Consider the compliments you give your child. Words of praise mean more when they refer to a child’s specific efforts or new abilities. Try using Specific Positive Feedback to focus on specific feedback rather than simply saying “Good Job”.
  2. Nurture your child’s special interests. Every child is unique, as parents and caregivers it is your job to help your children feel confident about those interests.
  3. Provide endless encouragement for your child. Your child will never forget the way you make them feel – that’s why it is important to be supportive of your child. Encourage them to reach for the stars!
  4. Do not label your child as anything – this may limit them and the way they feel about themselves as they grow.
  5. Extend trust in your child and let them make decisions.
  6. Focus on the glass half full – teach your child optimism. Teaching your child how to have an optimistic mindset will allow their confidence to shine!

 

Building self-confidence begins very early in life, it is important to set your child up for success. Use these simple tips to help your child become more confident.