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SHOW WEEK - Let's celebrate!

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Just before the end of this season, from Tuesday July 3rd till Sunday July 8th, we celebrate during our Show Week!

 

The children are already preparing for their special class.

 

During their Show Class each child will receive a medal from The Little Gym, recognizing their individual effort, achievements and progress during this Season.

 

We invite you, family, friends and neighbors to join this celebration in your child’s regular class. Don’t forget your camera!

 

Also please note again that make-up classes can only be used until the end of this semester (July 22) so please take the opportunity to use any in the next couple of weeks to help your child prepare really well for their Show Class! If you have any questions or requests concerning your make-up classes please see us at the front desk and we will look at it together.

Love,

Team The Little Gym Haarlem


EARLY BIRD ENROLLMENT (for members only)

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On Tuesday June 19th we kick off our Early Bird Enrollment for members only!

During these 2 weeks members can sign their child(ren) up for our next season which starts on September 3.

 

The first semester will run from September 3rd till February 10th, 2019.

 

Early Bird Enrollment (June 19 - July 1) is an opportunity for currently enrolled members to take advantage of SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFERS.

 

Please be advised that some classes are filling up quickly. After July 1 our regular prices do apply and also non-members have the chance to sign up.

 

Find out our schedule for the new season here!


Sign up for Summer Camps!

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The Summer Holiday runs from Monday July 24th till Sunday September 2nd. 

Great fun! Our camps provide children (aged 2,5 to 8 years) with a fabulous variety of fun, activities, learning and creativity. Themed sessions with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors.


Our camps run from Tuesday till Thursday and each camp is 3 hours long. Flexible registrations are available. It is possible for your child to join full days (you will provide lunch) or half days. A snack and drinks during these camps are included. Choose as many days as you like :).

 

EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY from 09h00 - 12h00 and/or 13h00 - 16h00


Please open schedule for more information!

 

Reservations can be done by email.

 

Summer classes

During the Summer holiday we offer some of our regular classes every Saturday for children aged 10 months - 5 years. You can decide either to join sometimes or to sign up for all 6 classes. We offer flexible scheduling! Please do inform us in advance, by email, if you want to join.

 

Keep your child active this Summer and we are looking forward to see you at The Little Gym Haarlem!


The importance of Summer Camps!

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With the end of the school year fast approaching, many parents and caregivers are searching for ways to keep their children physically active, learning, and having fun during the summer break. Ongoing research supports the importance of quality summer camp programs and how they can promote a healthy lifestyle. In fact, it’s stated that high-quality summer learning programs are not only fun, they even help boost student achievement!


How to Choose a Summer Program for Kids
While it’s important to choose a program your child will enjoy, it’s also important to find a program that will help keep your child active, involved, and challenged. Look for a fun and imaginative camp program that includes both physical and educational activities for kids that will challenge their imagination and develop their self-confidence. Summer Camp programs at child-centered facilities like The Little Gym offer high quality, age-appropriate, interest-driven summer programs designed to help children learn new skills and build self-confidence as they master challenges.

 

Choosing the right summer or sports camp can make a real difference in how well your child is able to transition from the summer break into the new school year. While the summer break should offer families a chance to relax without the constant pressure of school, homework, and after-school schedules, it’s important to offer children alternatives to screen time, and other passive activities. Summer camps for kids can provide an opportunity to unplug as they explore their own creativity and build independence in a safe, secure environment.

 

Camps at The Little Gym Haarlem
The Little Gym offers flexible scheduling options allow parents to enroll their children for as short as half a day, or as long as the entire summer. Age-appropriate activities at the Super Quest Summer Camp vary from week-to-week, offering children ages 2,5 to 8 years a fresh experience each time. Interest-driven camps allow children to repeat a camp as they refine certain skills. Parents can also register their child for one of The Little Gym’s regularly scheduled summer classes for kids 10 months through 5 years to keep children moving, learning, and building skills throughout the summer months.

For more information please check our SUMMER BROCHURE. If you want to sign your child up for camps or classes please send us an email.


The Little Gym closed during (public) holidays

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Due to some (public) holidays The Little Gym will be closed for regular classes on:

 

Easter: Sunday April 1st

King's Day: Friday April 27th

May Holiday: Monday April 30 - Sunday May 6

Pentecost: Sunday May 20th

 

We are OPEN on Friday March 30 (Good Friday)!

 

If your class is on Easter Sunday, King's Day or with Pentecost, you can schedule a make-up class on any other day during the current season (till July 22).

We are happy to help you!


NEW NEW NEW: Bugs classes on Friday (4 - 10 months)

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Position your baby for take-off!


We know what you're thinking: My baby can't even crawl yet, so why should we go to a gym? Well, here's a lot going on inside those tiny heads. Everything that's absorbed at this age lays the groundwork for overall functional development. The Little Gym Bugs program, for babies 4 - 10 months, promotes early social and physical development and provides a fun space for you to share in the excitement with other parents.


Join us for 3 FREE classes on Friday April 6th, 13th and 20th at 13h30 (class takes 45 minutes).


For members AND non-members!

 

Sign up now because we have limited availability.

 

 


May Holiday: join our active camps!

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The May Holiday runs from Monday April 30th till Sunday May 6th. 

Great fun! Our camps provide children (aged 2,5 to 8 years) with a fabulous variety of fun, activities, learning and creativity. Themed sessions with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors.

 

Our camps run from Tuesday till Thursday and each camp is 3 hours long. Flexible registrations are available. It is possible for your child to join full days (you will provide lunch) or half days. A snack and drinks during these camps are included. Choose as many days as you like!

 

Schedule

Tuesday May 1st: 9:00 - 12:00

Wednesday May 2nd: 9:00 - 12:00 and/or from 13:00 - 16:00

Thursday May 3rd: 9:00 - 12:00 and/or from 13:00 - 16:00

 

Prices

Price MEMBERS per half day camp: €23 per child
Price NON-MEMBERS per half day camp: €27 per child

 

Drinks and a snack are included!

 

Reserve your spot soon because places are filling up very fast!


Easter event at The Little Gym Haarlem (for members only)

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On Saturday March 31st we will have a MEMBERS ONLY Easter event at The Little Gym Haarlem. As a member of The Little Gym you invited to join us for an actieve afternoon full of fun!

The party starts at 14h30 and ends at 16h00. Games, drinks, activities and chocolate will be ready for you ;-). Brothers and sisters are more then welcome to join the fun as well!

  

Call us to SIGN UP: 023 - 57 67 316 or send us an email.


Bring a Friend Week at The Little Gym Haarlem

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It's BRING A FRIEND Week from Tuesday February 20th till Sunday February 25th.

 

Has your child a friend who never joined a class at The Little Gym Haarlem before and would like try us out? This is a great moment to invite them!

 

Friends, family members or anyone you want to bring with you who's in the same age group as your child is welcome to join during our Bring A Friend week. Obviously there is no bigger pleasure then having fun together and it's also a great way to build social skills like taking turns, working together and helping each other out!


Is it not possible to bring a friend to class in this special week but do you really want to bring a friend on another moment? Please let us know and we will make it happen whenever it works best for you!
 

We would like to be informed in advance who you bring. Please send us an email with name and age of the guest.

 

THANK YOU!


An unforgettable birthday bash at The Little Gym (1 – 12 years)

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Give them the best birthday party ever! 

Awesome Birthday Parties at The Little Gym Haarlem gives your birthday child and their friends the full run of the facility, filling the celebration with instructor-led games, music and fun activities created especially for your birthday boy or girl. And you don’t have to worry about setup or cleanup, making it totally awesome for you too!


Your fully supervised, gymnastic based, private party will be filled with music, games, obstacle courses and of course laughter. This may be their first try at gymnastics or you could have a household of budding Olympians, the key to our parties is FUN, FUN, FUN!


Our parties are for kids of all ages, led by trained staff in our custom designed, bright and colorful gym including the very comfortable lobby where parents and young children are catered for. Bring wine and nibbles and relax whilst our team of instructors entertain the children. You have exclusive use of the whole facility for the duration of your party!

 


What we provide

- Exclusive use of our facility, party room/ kitchen and gym. 
- The Little Gym party invitations.  
- Two Qualified instructors to lead your party and assist with the setting up and cleaning up.  
- Party room set with helium ballons, cups, plates with juice/water at each setting. 
- Tea and coffee is provided for the adults.
- A birthday T-Shirt for the birthday child

 


What you provide

- Birthday food and cake
- Any additional beverages for adult guests

 


We offer our parties every Saturday and Sunday.

 


For more information and availability you can call 023 - 5767 316 or mail to haarlem@thelittlegym.eu


Sign up for our second term!

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On February 19th we start with the second term of this season at The Little Gym.
Our classes run til July 22nd (start of Summer holiday).


Enroll your child at any time during the season. We will finish this season with a fantastic ShowWeek and celebration.


Join us for an introductory class soon so you won't have to miss anything and to be sure to have a spot in the class that best meets your and your child(ren) requirements.


Call or email us to book your introductory class today. Check out our schedule here and let us know on which day you want to join us. Also for more information we are happy to help you!


Call 023 - 5767 316 or mail to haarlem@thelittlegym.eu


See you soon at The Little Gym Haarlem!


Spring Break: join our active camps!

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Spring break is coming up and runs from Monday February 26th till Friday March 2nd. 

Great fun! During the Spring holiday our camps provide children (aged 2,5 to 8 years) with a fabulous variety of fun, activities, learning and creativity. Themed sessions with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors.

Our camps run from Tuesday till Thursday and each camp is 3 hours long.Flexible registrations are available. It is possible for your child to join full days (you will provide lunch) or half days. A snack and drinks during these camps are included. Choose as many days as you like!


Schedule

Tuesday February 27th: 9:00 - 12:00 and/or from 13:00 - 16:00

Wednesday February 28th: 9:00 - 12:00 and/or from 13:00 - 16:00

Thursday March 1st: 9:00 - 12:00 and/or from 13:00 - 16:00

 

Prices

Price MEMBERS per half day camp: €23 per child
Price NON-MEMBERS per half day camp: €27 per child


Drinks and a snack are included!

Reserve your spot soon because places are filling up very fast!


Convention The Little Gym 2017

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The Little Gym Europe has organised in October 2017 its biennial convention held at Phantasialand (Germany) where the European network of The Little Gym Franchise Owners had a chance to meet up and network. 

This year’s convention “Springboard to your Success” focused on making ​the franchisee's business grow in a changing world.

 

A massive congratulations to all of our award winners, but especially owner Kate from The Little Gym Harrogate & Leeds who won the franchisee of the year award.

 

AWARDS 2017


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Franchisee of the year​

Kate Henebury
The Little Gym Harrogate and The Little Gym Leeds​
Read more about Kate's story.

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Ambassador to the network

​Peter Paul​ van Reenen
The Little Gym Amsterdam and The Little Gym Den Haag
Read more on Peter-Paul's journey.

Vivian

From Bugs to Jets

Vivian​ Verstraelen
Gym Director at The Little Gym Den Haag. 
Read more about Vivian. 


Pierre

Growth from within​

Pierre​ Follebouckt
The Little Gym Uccle, The Little Gym Wavre & The Little Gym Wezembeek
Read more about Pierre.

Martin

Full steam ahea​​d​

Martin​ Petrov
The Little Gym Sofia
Read more about Martin.

Spring Break: join our active camps!

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Spring break is coming up and runs from Monday February 26th till Friday March 2nd. 

Great fun! During the Spring holiday our camps provide children (aged 2,5 to 8 years) with a fabulous variety of fun, activities, learning and creativity. Themed sessions with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors.

Our camps run from Tuesday till Thursday and each camp is 3 hours long. Flexible registrations are available. It is possible for your child to join full days (you will provide lunch) or half days. A snack and drinks during these camps are included. Choose as many days as you like!

Schedule

Tuesday February 27th: 9:00 - 12:00 and/or from 13:00 - 16:00

Wednesday February 28th: 9:00 - 12:00 and/or from 13:00 - 16:00

Thursday March 1st: 9:00 - 12:00 and/or from 13:00 - 16:00

Prices

Price MEMBERS per half day camp: €23 per child
Price NON-MEMBERS per half day camp: €27 per child


Drinks and a snack are included!


Reserve your spot soon because places are filling up very fast!


OPEN HOUSE on Saturday January 13th 2018 from 15h00 - 16h30

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Hi everyone!


Are you and your child not yet familiar with The Little Gym but curious to find out all about our program, our facility and what all those other parents like so much about us?


We invite you and your child(ren), aged 10 months - 5 years, to join an afternoon filled with fun, activities, climbing, swinging and hanging around!


Come to our OPEN HOUSE on SATURDAY January 13th 2018 from 15h00 - 16h30.


FREE entrance so please come in and play, have fun and receive more information about the possibilities for your child. You can even book your introductory class to have a real The Little Gym experience or sign up for this season!


See you Saturday for some Serious Fun at The Little Gym Haarlem!

 


Make a business out of making a difference

Make a business out of making a difference
Team up with The Little Gym Europe and become an owner of a franchise for children by bringing ‘Serious Fun’ to the children in your own community!

The Little Gym® prepares kids – and kids at heart – for life’s adventures. We promote growth in individuals, families and our communities by serving as a trusted partner on the journey of developing well-rounded, confident kids. You could be next!

We’re continuously looking for passionate and motivated entrepreneurs to join our family. Whether you’re looking to open a new location or are interested in an opportunity within an existing location, there are plenty of ways to become a The Little Gym® franchise owner.

Take the next step!  We make it easy to become a franchise owner to bring The Little Gym programmes to more children in more communities.  

LEARN MORE NOW!


Keep moving during the Summer!

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Great fun! During the Summer holiday, rain or shine, The Little Gym camps provide children (aged 2,5 to 12 years) with a fabulous variety of fun, activities, learning and creativity. Themed sessions that change every week with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors.

 

Our Summer program runs from July 24 till September 3.

Our camps run from Tuesday till Thursday and each camp is 3 hours long. Flexible registrations are available. It is possible for your child to join full days (you will provide lunch) or half days. A snack and drinks during these camps are included.
Choose as many days as you like!

 

Schedule

Tuesday to Thursday:

9h00 - 12h00 and 13h00 - 16h00

 

Check the full Summer camps schedule and themes here!

Summer Classes

Every Saturday morning we offer regular classes for children aged 10 months to 5 years old. The Summer classes can be scheduled during the 6 weeks of Summer and can be paid per class.

Check the Summer classes schedule here!

 


Sign up for our second term!

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On February 19th we start with the second term of this season at The Little Gym. Our classes run til July 22nd (start of Summer holiday).

Enroll your child at any time during the season. We will finish this season with a fantastic ShowWeek and celebration.

Join us for an introductory class soon so you won't have to miss anything and to be sure to have a spot in the class that best meets your and your child(ren) requirements.

Call or email us to book your introductory class today. Check out our schedule here and let us know on which day you want to join us. Also for more information we are happy to help you!

Call 023 - 5767 316 or mail to haarlem@thelittlegym.eu.


SHOW WEEK

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Just before the end of this season, from Wednesday July 5 till Tuesday July 11, we celebrate during our Show Week! The children are already preparing for their special class.

During their Show Class each child will receive a medal from The Little Gym, recognizing their individual effort, achievements and progress during this Season.

We invite you, family, friends and neighbors to join this celebration in your child’s regular class. Don’t forget your camera!

Also please note again that make-up classes can only be used until the end of this semester (July 23) so please take the opportunity to use any in the next couple of weeks to help your child prepare really well for their Show Class! If you have any questions or requests concerning your make-up classes please see us at the front desk and we will look at it together.


For members only: Priority Enrolment for the NEW school year is about to start!

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From Tuesday June 13 till Sunday June 25 we start Priority Enrolment for members for the new school year 2017 -2018. During these two weeks, members can reserve their spot in their favorite class against a special member rate!

Make sure you book your spot during this period. After June 25, regular prices do apply and non-members and parents on waiting lists can reserve a spot as well. 

Do you have questions about which class best fits your child's needs? Is you child ready for the next group or is he/she going to school after Summer? We are here to look at all the options we have!

Speak to one of our team members at the Gym, or.....

Call us on 023 - 5767 316 or mail to haarlem@thelittlegym.eu


An unforgettable birthday bash at The Little Gym (1 – 12 years)

 

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Give them the best birthday party ever! 

Awesome Birthday Parties at The Little Gym gives your birthday child and their friends the full run of the facility, filling the celebration with instructor-led games, music and fun activities created especially for your birthday boy or girl. And you don’t have to worry about setup or cleanup, making it totally awesome for you too!

Your fully supervised, gymnastic based, private party will be filled with music, games, obstacle courses and of course laughter. This may be their first try at gymnastics or you could have a household of budding Olympians, the key to our parties is FUN, FUN, FUN!

Our parties are for kids of all ages, led by trained staff in our custom designed, bright and colorful gym including the very comfortable lobby where parents and young children are catered for. Bring wine and nibbles and relax whilst our team of instructors entertain the children. You have exclusive use of the whole facility for the duration of your party!

What we provide
- Exclusive use of our facility, party room/ kitchen and gym. 
- The Little Gym party invitations.  
- Two Qualified instructors to lead your party and assist with the setting up and cleaning up.  
- Party room set with helium ballons, cups, plates with juice/water at each setting. 
- Tea and coffee is provided for the adults.
- A birthday T-Shirt for the birthday child

What you provide
- Birthday food and cake
- Any additional beverages for adult guests

We offer our parties every Saturday and Sunday.

For more information and availability you can call 023 - 5767 316 or mail to haarlem@thelittlegym.eu


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.