It starts with a sniffle -- next thing you know, the whole household is sneezing, coughing, and passing tissues. Before long, the common cold, or worse, seasonal flu, is upon you. According to the CDC, up to 20% of the population gets the flu each year. The Mayo Clinic cites the common cold as the number one culprit of stay-home-sick-from-school days in children. While you can't completely germ-proof your child, you can separate fact from fiction to keep your family healthier, and save time, money, and frustration. Start by putting some of the more common myths and misunderstandings to rest by reading about the top 3 cold and flu related myths. Myth #1: The flu vaccine causes the flu Truth: 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 Truth: 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. Truth: 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). At The Little Gym of Torrance, 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. Here’s where you can help. As with any other illness, we ask that you do not come to class if your child is coughing, sneezing, or has had a fever within the last 24 hours. Our generous make-up policy allows you to attend a make-up class by simply calling us prior to the absence. Let’s work together to keep everyone healthy during the cold winter months.
At The Little Gym of Torrance we know that good manners go a long way. But, good manners aren’t something kids naturally pick up. Children need to be taught and reminded that having good manners is important all of the time! So whether your child is at The Little Gym of NAME, at home, at school, or on the playground, it’s important to instill good manners! Here are 4 manners that are on the top of our Good Manners list: 1. “Thank You”. Here at The Little Gym of Torrance we love hearing this word. When a child walks up to his or her instructor after class and says “thank you”, our hearts are filled with so much joy! A simple “thank you” goes a long way. 2. “Excuse Me”. We say this a whole lot at The Little Gym of Torrance. We make sure our little ones understand that it’s important to say “excuse me” when they bump into a friend or are trying to get by a fellow Funny Bug on the big red mat. 3. “Hello” and “Goodbye”. At The Little Gym of Torrance we instill this through our Hello & Goodbye songs in each class! It is important to greet each child as they enter and leave the gym! 4. Showing kindness to EVERYONE. Being kind to others is SO important; at The Little Gym of Torrance we encourage every child to be kind to their friends, teachers, and parents too! When it comes to manners, practice makes perfect. It’s best to start while your child is young. Let’s work together to ensure that every Citizen Kid has great manners!
We think our birthday parties are pretty awesome-in fact; we were named Best Gym Party by Parents Magazine! Schedule your child’s next birthday bash at The Little Gym. We even have specialized Dora, Diego or SpongeBob parties!
Building healthy bodies and minds is already a part of The Little Gym experience. Did you know that The Little Gym offers programs where you can also enjoy “building” with LEGO® DUPLO® preschool building toys? Children ages 19 months through 4 years old have an opportunity to build upon their problem solving, imagination and socialization skills through our WonderKids Club (3 to 4 years), Let’s Build Lets Play Parent/Child events (19 months to 3 years old), and Awesome Birthday Bash parties with added DUPLO experiences (2 to 4 years old).
Did you know? The Little Gym has it's own line of active toys that are designed special for kids of all ages! Visit www.thelittlegym.com/shop to purchase!
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