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Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties – Stressful or Fun?

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It’s your babies first birthday party.  There is so much to do.  Who to invite.  Where to have the party.  What if I upset someone because I dont include them………… I remember those questions oh so well but what I was forgetting was who the party was for.  My baby was turning 1 year old – wow – where has the year gone.  I can’t imagine life without him.  What a great year of sleepless nights, giggles, poopy diapers, snuggles……..I love being a mom, infact its the best job I have ever been blessed with, even with all the highs and lows, its part of being a mom – right?  This is your chance to celebrate the first birthday of your child.  In that first year they reach so many ‘first’ developmental goals.  I watch in awe at the learning that goes on with these little Einteins.  It is amazing how they work things out and process what happens around them.  So for their birthday it should be as special as they are, something that includes everyone and allows everyone to join in the fun.  At Kinder Kicks all birthdays are inclusive of the parents.  Imagine dad bouncing baby on his knee to 5 Little Monkeys or mom dancing around with baby to John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.  Then there are the grandparents shaking their shakers in time to the music.  Everyone is engaged and everyone who loves and cares for your baby is celebrating with your baby.  Imagine a birthday where your baby is loved by all and laughs, smiles, giggles and screeches their delight for all to see.  Love is all around them and they will feel that magic.  There are so many resources out there to help you with your party plans from Pinterest to Party Planners.  Choose what is right for your family.  Low stress and lots of fun!  Memories are made of these 🙂  What are your favorite birthday party ideas for 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds?  We’d love to hear from you.

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Holidays

Easter Egg Hunt – Ideas and Tradition

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I have loved building traditions into our family routines throughout the year. One of our most favorite has been our family Easter Egg Hunt. It has slowly grown over the years to include family, neighbors and friends and is one of the funniest highlights of the year watching children and grown ups all scrambling around to fill their baskets with eggs. It is always over way too quickly with the older children being able to monopolise on the hidden eggs. Along the way I have picked up some great ideas on how best to give everyone the opportunity to have an equal amount of eggs and therefore the little ones not being left out.

One idea that stands out is to put age groups into egg colors. Up to 3 year olds pick up PINK eggs only. 4-6 year olds pick up only GREEN eggs. 7-9 year olds only get BLUE eggs etc etc. This way they are equal in age and you wold hope there would be an equal share of the loot. As they get older you can hide the eggs far more giving them more of a challenge.

I attended an Easter Party on Saturday and was in awe of the Easter Egg Hunt that was prepared with meticulous planning by Nancy, mom to Zachary. She chose a disney character for each child and printed a sheet of paper out with each childs name beside their chosen disney character. She then cut out 20 each of those characters and attached them to each individual plastic egg. These eggs were small, medium and very very large. She then gave each parent a picture list of all the characters and the childs name that was assigned to each disney character. In the park there we re 100’s of eggs all spread out. The children and parents were told they had to find ONLY the eggs with their chosen disney character stuck on each egg and that each child would have 20 eggs to find. So….. going back to my earlier comment about Easter Egg hunts being over so quickly, this was a MAGNIFICENT idea. Each child young and old had to look and look for their disney character egg. Parents looked, grandparents looked and it turned into a family activity that took 30 minutes plus. There was lots of teamwork and children and adults young and old had the best time. Also each child had the same amount of eggs so everyone was happy 🙂

Kinder Kicks is adapting this idea using the Kinder Kicks Remarkable Me characters. Each child in class will be assigned a Remarkable Character and will have to find that character on each egg before placing the egg in their basket. Lots of fun and independent learning 🙂 What are your Easter Egg Hunt ideas and traditions?

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Family Spotlight

April Spotlight on a Kinder Kicks Family

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Describe your child’s (children’s) personality: 

 

Grace (3yrs) loves to learn and is very competitive!  Rebecca (11mths) is very outgoing and relaxed at the same time.  Both girls can be super sensitive although this part of their personality doesn’t always show.

 

What is your favorite part of Kinder Kicks class? Why?

 

My favorite part of the Leadership Lion class is from 11:30am-12:15pm!  Really!  Grace thrives when she is out there on her own with me watching from the side (while I entertain Rebecca!).  I love seeing her work as a team with other Lions and on her own when it is appropriate.

 

My favorite part of the Remarkable Me class is the workout that I get.  It sounds a little selfish but it is an added bonus as I get to use my 20lb sweet pea as weights and squat, lunge and crunch my way through the class.  It’s the only exercise I get other than walking around my neighborhood with the stroller and it’s way more fun than walking.  It’s great to workout with other mummies and caregivers and such a laugh!

 

What is your child’s favorite part of Kinder Kicks class?

 

I think Grace really enjoys the routine of the class.  She is quite the creature of habit.  She recites the student promise in Publix in her really loud voice!  Rebecca gives us good giggles with the welcome song and she enjoys all the toys she gets to play with especially the shakers.

 

How do you feel your child (children) has benefited from participating in Kinder Kicks?

 

Kinder Kicks has taught Grace how to work as a team with her peers.  Something I’m not sure she is being taught at pre-school which is fine.  She is only three!  It’s great to see her work with a Kinder Kicks classmate as they balance a beach ball between them to get from one side of the room to the other and around the cones.

 

How has Kinder Kicks served as a source of enrichment for you and your child (children)?

 

I’ve seen Grace blossom from a Jumping Joey to a Leadership Lion.  It took her maybe four weeks to settle into the older class but once she hit her stride, she was in her element.  She displays confidence, independence and listens to instructions.  All great skills for a three year old!

 

Which Kinder Kicks character does your child like best (Leadership Lion, Jumping Joey, Black Belt Baboon, etc.)?

 

I think Blocking Bear is Grace’s current favorite.  She yells out the up, in, out, touch, down in many a public place and gets so enthusiastic about blocking.

 

Have any of the Life Lesson stories targeted a subject that you and/or your child identifies with? If so, which one? How?

 

The crossing the road story and rhyme were really great!  We have used that a lot!

 

Any comments you’d like to add?

 

I have enjoyed getting to know the other mummies and caregivers in both of our classes.  Something almost magical happens between the kids in a class and those that bring the kids to class.  We get to giggle along with our kids and watch some great ah-ha moments.  Some of the best laughs I have each week are during our Leadership Lion class (hopping around with beach balls between their knees still gives me the giggles, it was priceless!).  The instructors are so enthusiastic and really care about the kids.  The Kinder Kicks program is one of the best value classes in town.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you should!

 

–          Bernice, Mum of Leadership Lion Grace (3yrs) and Remarkable Me Rebecca (11mths).

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Values

Change your focus. Change your mindset.

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In class for the month of March Blocking Bear has been teaching us all about FOCUS. The ability to think about one thing really really hard.  This morning I read a great blog by Kelley Ranaudo about changing your focus.  She starts off by saying “Change your Focus.  Change your mindset.  Feeling good is what makes the day better and what keeps you going.”  We teach our children to FOCUS on what they are doing and to use their PERSEVERANCE to never give up.  Kelley hit it on the head.  We do need to change our focus so that we can change the things that bother us on a daily basis.  Very regularly I hear people talk about them having to lose weight, or eat more healthily but they are too busy to think about it and act on it.  Well today is Monday and today I think we should all take a leaf out of Kelley Ranaudo’s book – Change your FOCUS, change your MINDSET – no excuses! As well as teaching our children, we also have to not forget about ourselves. A new day, a new you. What changes are you going to make and focus on today?