02/19/2015

At The Little Gym of Draper we know how important it is for children to build, gain, and radiate confidence. Here are 3 things we do in the gym that can be echoed at home:

1. Specific Positive Feedback (SPF). Rather than saying "good job" when your child has done something well, give them specific positive feedback on what was SO great about what they did. Words of praise mean more when they refer to a child’s specific efforts or new abilities.

2. Encourage and support your child in everything they do! Whether it is at home or at The Little Gym of Draper, words of support and encouragement go a long way!

3. Trust your child and let them make decisions. This will allow your child to build their confidence knowing that you trust them enough to make decisions on their own!

Confidence is key! Whether your child is at The Little Gym of Draper or at home, it’s important to help your child gain the confidence they need to succeed in the future. Visit our website for more information on programs for your child. Click here.

 02/12/2015

At The Little Gym of Draper, we know that exercising provides serious benefits for kids of all ages. In fact, a study performed by The Journal of Pediatrics found that "promoting physical activity that involved aerobic exercise and motor tasks during the school years may be important not only for health, but also for successful academic development."

So how can you encourage your child to exercise? Get them involved in programs at The Little Gym of Draper! Our parent/child programs for children 4 months-3 years encourage little ones to explore, gain independence, and try new kills. In Pre-K and Kindergarten programs for 3- 6 year olds, children are learning to listen and follow directions, cooperate and work in a group. And in grade-school programs for 6-12 year olds, children are strengthening their bodies, and gaining a whole lot of confidence!

So if your child is not yet enrolled at The Little Gym of Draper, call today and speak with a team member (801-619-1829) or check out our class schedule here. The benefits of being active will help improve your child’s academic performance, social skills, health, and much more. We can’t wait to see you on the big red mat!

It starts with a sniffle -- next thing you know, the whole household is sneezing, coughing, and passing tissues. And it seems to go from one kid to the next. 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 Draper, 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. If your child is sick, check our schedule and call to schedule your child's make up. Schedules
 09/22/2014
Get Up and Get Moving! 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!
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