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.
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Some children, especially after a busy day at school, may suffer from much unnecessary stress when they start thinking about doing homework. The best method for making homework a pleasurable experience for you and your child is turning it into a sort of game. What you need is, basically, a bit of motivation and positive attitude. Check out our tips for turning the tedious chore into fun.
1. A good warm-up – Start the work with some dancing, a few jumps or even a game of tag. Physical activity stimulates the brain and reduces school-related stress.
2. Create a friendly space – A special place for doing homework has positive impact on your child's ability to stay focused. The place should reflect your child's personality and be an exhibition space for completed tasks – drawings, cut-outs, etc. Kids love itwhen their works are properly displayed and admired.
3. Reward your child for a well-done job – When you create a reward system, your child's involvement increases. Make an effort of finding out what the best incentive is – ice cream, going to the cinema, or extra time for watching cartoons? Create a homework board. When a task is completed, place a sticker on the board to indicate that the child becomes eligible for choosing a reward.
4. Provide some healthy snacks – A little something to eat will certainly add some positive attitude to doing homework. How about you get artistic when preparing a fruit snack? Maybe you could create a smiling face or funny shapes?
5. Handling task together – Inviting your kid's schoolmates to do homework together is a good idea. Once they have finished, they will be able to play some games – and this is probably the best reward for their hard work.
Creativity is the key! But how can you develop it?
Creativity goes beyond artistic or visual talents. By playing creative games, children learn how to express themselves and their emotions. Parents can do many things to develop their child's creative nature. Colouring a blank page, playing with building blocks, playing a drum set composed of pots and a spoon – these are some of the simplest ideas. Below we suggest five activities to stimulate your child's creativity at home:
1. Creative games enhance social and emotional development – Ask your child to draw something or tell a story, or describe how she/he feels. Activities of this type make your child more open to expressing emotions in an unrestrained way.
2. Develop analytical skills – Teach your child some maths and problem-solving skills by playing blocks.
3. Turn on the music! – Music is a great practice of motor skills – a creative dance or playing an instrument is a great way to develop creativity.
4. Go outside! – Changing the surrounding and spending time outdoors are known to stimulate children's creativity. Go for a walk or a bicycle ride and discuss colours, smells and sounds that surround you. Perhaps you will also notice something special that you have never really been aware of.
5. Prepare a special clothes box – Fill it up with hats, ties, coats, shoes, and dresses. Your child will definitely enjoy the role playing game based on imagination. It is actually a way of facilitating the acquisition of some crucial social and communication skills.
Doing creative activities with your children will teach them to perceive the world as a place of
infinite potential and adventure. Remember that freedom, approval and encouragement are the best stimuli for creativity and imagination.
Did your children have a good time during summer holidays? There is no reason why all the fun should stop just because the school starts again.
The Little Gym Szczecin re-launches regular classes in the 2016/2017 season offering the hugely successful gymnastics-based fitness programme for children up to the age of 12. We provide a range of sports classes, run by a cheerful team of competent and highly energetic instructors who will help your child develop on a number of levels.
What we want to accomplish is to help your son or daughter become fitter, more self-confident and more creative, whilst having tonnes of fun. All of this happens in the friendly and safe atmosphere of our colourful gym in Koralowa Street, Szczecin, where everyone is welcome – except for stress and rivalry.
Come to our gym and have a chat with us about the things we can do to help your child realise his or her potential. Better still – give us a call to arrange a free introductory class! Why should your child miss out on all the fun other kids are having?
Parenthood used to be all about nurturing your child’s talents. And, of course, there is no parent in the world who would not describe his or her child as somehow gifted. Not only does it fill us with the sense of pride, but also makes us confident that our daughter or son will grow up to be a successful adult who might, perhaps, accomplish something important.
The problem is that an increasing number of scientific studies show that there is no significant correlation between talent and success in adult life.
In her recently published book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, a renowned American psychologist Angela Duckworth points to a single character trait that is a much better indicator of a child’s future success. It is grit, which is a combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals.
Why The Little Gym Szczecin is a good place to develop grit?
It is because, even before that buzzword gained popularity, the very same concept had been part of the The Little Gym philosophy. The playful gymnastics activities we organize for children are designed to boost their self-confidence and resilience, but also to help them understand that a failure is okay – provided that you try again. Our enthusiastic and committed instructors will always be there for your child – motivating and tutoring until your child builds up the determination to accomplish his or her goal. At The Little Gym Szczecin we do not just make kids fitter – we give them tools to be successful as teenagers and adults.
Please visit our The Little Gym in Szczecin in Koralowa Street and see what we can do to install some grit in your child.
Children can be unbelievably stubborn when they refuse to try new tastes. They could not care less about nutritional value of a new fruit and they certainly have zero sympathy for their poor parents who have just wasted hours trying to cook something special. “No” means “no”, and that does it! No, I’m not going to touch broccoli, or the salad, or this brownish meat thing, now how about you bring me some fish fingers and fries?
It is the kind of obstinacy that can drive parents mad. And when they get mad, they may resort to solutions that do more harm than good. The wrong approaches may include: blackmail, bribery, leveraging competiveness, or – in the worst case scenario – exhibiting anger. Arguably all of these may seem to work short-term. However their basic drawback is that they all involve using negative emotions.
How The Little Gym can be of help
TLG instructors are not just providers of physical activity and entertainment. They also do their best to promote healthy lifestyle among children, including a balanced diet. Our approach to influencing children to try new foods is consistent with our general method. You should start with small portions, cherish successes, and turn every meal into a fun activity, rather than a chore. The most important things are persistence and creating a positive and safe environment for your child. Only then will he or she dare leave the safety zone and try to do something daring – like eat a bit of broccoli.
The Little Gym Szczecin is a great place to expose your child to a balanced diet. Adjacent to our gym there is a cafeteria offering a range of salads, healthy snacks, and fruit cocktails. You are welcome to observe your child having a great time through a large window, whilst you enjoy a cup of freshly-brewed organic coffee.
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!
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.
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:
To read the full article, click here.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
It’s no secret that reading to your child is a good thing – but do you know the positive effects reading has on your child’s development now and in the future? According to a recent study in Time Magazine, reading at home with your child early and often activates the part of the brain that allows them to understand the meaning of language. The study also added that reading has been proven to expand a child’s vocabulary and helps to strengthen the bond between parent and child! Need we say more? Check out these four tips to help make reading together a daily habit:
Everyone knows that physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that it can also go a long way toward children’s brain development? The results of several studies involving grade school children suggest that daily vigorous physical activity can greatly improve children’s development in areas such as a child’s attention, memory, self-control, strategies and goal-setting.
In general, these skills develop rapidly through the elementary school years and then develop at a slower pace during adolescence. The more vigorous exercise a child gets, the more the development of these skills increases and is reinforced. Think of kids on the playground who learn that by pushing themselves to run faster, they can catch who’s “it.” Or consider children shooting hoops who learn that, though it may be frustrating when they miss, the more they practice, the more consistently they’ll make it.
One researcher suggests that:
…in a period when greater emphasis is being placed on preparing children to take standardized tests, these studies should give school administrators reasons to consider investing in quality physical education and vigorous activity programs, even at the expense of time spent in the classroom. Time devoted to physical activity at school does not harm academic performance and may actually improve it. 
So what can you do to help boost your child’s brain through exercise?
Do you read aloud to your child every day? After numerous studies have been conducted to measure the importance of reading aloud to children, The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy in telling parents to read aloud to their children daily.
Reading, singing, and talking to your child starting at birth has a significant impact on your child’s literacy development. During the first three years of a child’s life their brain is like a sponge, soaking up information and growing at a faster rate than any other time in their lives. That is why it is important to begin conversing with your child to enhance that brain development, and to ultimately set your child up for a lifetime of success.
The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to use the five R’s of Early Childhood Education to help boost your child’s development. The five R’s are;
Reading aloud to your child daily has so many benefits that will help your child enhance their vocabulary and communication skills at a very young age. Use the 5 R’s of Early Childhood Education from The American Academy of Pediatrics to help give you ideas on how to boost your child’s development starting at birth.
Imaginative play is more than just fun and games. In fact, young children learn by expressing their imagination. Picture a child caring for a doll or stuffed animal, or a child pretending to be a fireman and saving the day. These children are creating life-like scenarios and acting them out. With pretend play, children are able to take on different roles, giving them the unique opportunity to learn social skills, problem solving skills, communication, and empathy.
How can you encourage your child to use their imagination? Join the fun! Observe your child’s interest and get on their level, sit face to face with your child and imitate his actions. Keep it simple and take turns. Your child will likely mimic your actions as well. Let your child’s imagination run wild and get playing today!
In this day and age, it is impossible for children not to be exposed to screen time. From tablets, phones, computers, and television, technology is everywhere. But how much screen time, if any is appropriate for young children?
According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, “Television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.”
As easy as it may be to place your child in front of a screen, there is no evidence showing that electronic media has developmental benefit. Instead, put the electronics away and offer your child non-electronic formats of fun such as books, board games, and active play. Taking a “electronic diet” doesn’t need to be grueling, rather see the developmental benefits in limiting screen time now and in the long run.
Read the entire article from The American Academy of Pediatrics here: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/pages/media-and-children.aspx
Making friends as a new mom is not always an easy feat. It’s like standing in the cafeteria on the first day of school surrounded by strangers wondering where you fit in – but this time you’re at the playground, you have a baby on your hip, you just finished singing “The Wheels on the Bus” for the 1000th time, and you just want to have an adult conversation. Is that too much to ask?!
Whether you’re at the grocery store, the playground, or at The Little Gym, as a new mom you’re constantly scoping out potential mom friends, eager to strike up a conversation about ANYTHING. No matter where you are, making new mom friends does not have to increase panic or stress. Here are 5 tips for making mom friends with ease.
Finding new mom friends may not always be simple, but having one or two really awesome mom friends can make a world of a difference. So the next time you’re at the grocery store, playground, or even your local The Little Gym, don’t be shy – strike up conversation and see where it takes you! There are plenty of fish in the sea and soon enough you will have a group of great mom friends that will last a lifetime.