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New babies – New friendships – Needed connections

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When many women have their first child they enter this world of the unknown when so many things they see, do, hear,  are firsts.  Sometimes it can be a very scary time.  This new baby won’t stop crying.  What is wrong with it?  This baby won’t eat.  Why?  This baby never sleeps.  Will I ever feel normal again?  Questions and uncertainty fill the heads of new moms.  Where should a new mom go for help, advice, reassurance?  Other moms.  Finding groups, activities that you can join in and get to know other moms in the same boat as you is priceless.  Not just for the activity and socialization, which yes is very important, but this is a platform where you can air your worries, concerns, a place where others will appreciate what you are going through and support you in a way that not many others can.  Classes like Kinder Kicks offers moms the chance to come together, chat, air their concerns, help others through something they may have already been through, provide strength to those who are struggling, make lifelong friendships.  Kinder Kicks provides a platform for parents to feel safe, a platform to ask questions and to build the bond between not just the people around them, but their child too.  As well as all of that we also provide the opportunity to have a gentle workout with your baby or toddler, learn together, share together, explore and play together.  Where laughter is heard and encouraged and even when we arrive having not had any sleep, the parents leave happy that they came, they shared and they connected with other families who are going through similar situations.

 

When my son was little we joined a group.  We made friends, the group stayed together and our friendships grew.  My son is much older now, and our friendships have grown with us.  All because of this one group, this one lifeline that gave us a belonging, a place to talk freely and reach out for advice or help when we were unsure.  We made lifelong friendships that I am sure will continue to grow with us.  Priceless.

 

Don’t be on your own, reach out and find the group that will give you an activity to bond with your child, AND give you that sounding board to reassure you when you are unsure and questioning yourself if you are doing things properly.  These meaningful friendships will be strong and follow you through the baby year, toddler, pre school, school, teenager years and beyond.

 

A great article in the Baby Center:  Mothers Groups – How to find one that suits you.  It highlights the importance of meeting other moms.  Check it out and let us hear your stories.  What groups helped you feel like you belong?  We look forward to reading all about you. @babycenter

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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?

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Stories to inspire!

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Childern love to listen to stories.  Whether it is at the library or snuggled up on their parents lap, stories do inspire!  I have loved to watch my son learn to love books and as time has gone on, I have loved to listen to him tell stories in his own words.  It was always a tradition in our house that every night before the lights went out, we would read to him.  We would take it in turns both my husband and I and it was one of the highlights of not just our day, but our son’s too.  I loved listening to my son asking my husband all sorts of questions about the book he read.  Then the questions would relay a story about my husband’s childhood and beyond.  Now my son LOVES to ask his daddy……”Tell me a story about you when you were a little boy!”.  I can feel my heart swell as his stories unfold and I see our son lapping up every last minute of what life was like for his daddy when he was a boy.  Truly inspiring!

 

In Kinder Kicks we aim to teach children life skills through the eyes of our characters.  Stories that open up questions and allow questions to be asked.  Jumping Joey is full of ENERGY.  He is excited that Leadership Lioness is taking him home after class.  He is so excited that he jumps and jumps and jumps, as kangaroos like to do.  But what he forgets is that the road is a dangerous place.  Jumping Joey helps to teach the children the Green Cross Code which helps them to cross the road safely and always with a grownup. :

 

1.  STOP by the side of the road and hold a grown ups hand.

 

2.  Everybody look LEFT.

 

3.  Everybody look RIGHT.

 

4.  Everybody look LEFT again.

 

5.  Everybody listen………….listen………….can you hear anything coming?  Can you see anything coming?  Is it safe to cross the road?  If it is then hold on to your grownups hand and walk, walk, walk looking left and right all the way across the road.

 

Jumping Joey teaches the children that its GREAT to have energy but….. they must always keep safe.

 

One of the best pieces of advice I was given when my son was a baby was to MAKE BOOKS ACCESIBLE.  Books are to be enjoyed just like toys.  To love a book, children need to explore, taste, play with books.  To put them up high makes them less fun.  Have a basket of books down low that your child can freely explore and watch their interest and inspiration grow!

 

What is a story that inspires your child? @huffingtonpost, @parenting, @playground

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Teaching Toddlers to Have Courage

Kinder Kicks is so much more than a fun filled hour of fitness-centered activities for toddlers and moms. It is also a time to instill important values that will take root and grow in a little one’s forming personality. So, this month our Leadership Lions kids are learning all about having Courage from our featured character, Leadership Lion.

 

Why should we be working toward raising courageous children? Quite simply, courage is one of the most essential character traits a child needs to develop. Courage is like the fuel that drives us to chase our dreams and reach new milestones.

 

As young parents, you have either recently witnessed, or are soon to watch, your child learn to walk. A cruiser who is a wannabe toddler will try to let go of whatever they’re holding onto for support to take that first step, and invariably fall to the floor. She will get back up and try again and again and again. No matter how many times she goes down, she’ll get back up and go for it. That’s because children are naturally ambitious and eager to master new skills. The more opportunities a little one has to confront challenges, the more likely they’ll be to be willing to face them head on.

 

Whether your child is learning to crawl or learning to ride a bike, trying new foods or making new friends, facing the pediatrician or a test in school, courage is the propellant that gives children the ambition to achieve.

 

Courage comes in many forms. It can by physical – like jumping into a swimming pool. It can be emotional – like separating from mom to participate independently in Kinder Kicks class. And, it can be moral – like doing the right thing even when that’s not the easy choice. Having courage often feels difficult and can even be scary, but it is a fundamental element to instill in our children so they learn to lead and not follow, achieve their goals, and make good decisions.

 

This month, The Remarkables character Leadership Lion is teaching our 3-5 year olds about courage through a Life Lesson Story called The Yellow Belt Test. Jumping Joey is afraid to take his belt test to earn the next rank in his martial arts class, so Leadership Lion encourages him to be strong and not let his fears hold him back.

 

“Courage is a big word. It means to be brave about the things that scare you.”  -Leadership Lion

 

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You can teach your child to have courage in the following ways:

  1. Encourage Independence: No one wants to be the dreaded “Helicopter Mom.” Let your child try new things, a little at a time, and praise their efforts.
  2. Prepare for the Unknown: Most toddlers (and even a few grown ups) get worried in new situations. Whether it’s a medical procedure, heading to preschool, or even a trip to a place as seemingly wonderful as Disney World, can be overwhelming for your little one. Help your child prepare for the unknown by reading stories about the upcoming event. Go online and show pictures of where you will go or what you will see. And talk them through what they can expect to experience. Children who are well informed are much more courageous than those caught off-guard
  3. Don’t Let Your Fears Become Your Child’s: Perhaps you have a fear of dogs or clowns (after all, clowns are creepy, right?). Make your best effort to not let your fears deny your child the opportunity to embrace friendly dogs and happy clowns.

Do you have a helpful tip for teaching courage? Post it in the comments below and have a Remarkable Day!