Family Spotlight

Spotlight on a Kinder Kicks Family


Each month we want to spotlight one of our Kinder Kicks families.  This month I want everyone to meet The Laufer Family and to read about their experience in Kinder Kicks so far……..


1. Parents names:  Brian and Terrie Laufer


2. Child’s (children’s) first name and age(s): Charlotte, 2


3. How many Kinder Kicks sessions have you been enrolled in? One (fall 2013) and we are currently enrolled in the Spring 2014 session


4. Describe your child’s (children’s) personality: Charlotte is sweet, funny and energetic. People usually describe her as “busy” because she rarely stays in one place for long and she always has a plan for not only what she’s doing right now, but also what she will be doing next. She’s also really loving and encouraging; she’s the first person to cheer you on and say “you can do it!” or give you a hug and say “it’s ok!”


5. What is your favorite part of Kinder Kicks class? Why? I love all the different activities and all the ways the class keeps my child engaged. As a parent with a child who never sits still for longer than a few minutes, this aspect of the class is perfect! And even better, I feel like she is mastering different skills as we progress through class.


6. What is your child’s favorite part of Kinder Kicks class? Charlotte loves playing with the other children and all the different “toys” that we get to use during class. She also loves to help pick up toys and roll up the story blanket when it’s time to change activities.


7. How do you feel your child (children) has benefited from participating in Kinder Kicks? I love the Remarkables; we use the lessons we learn from Jumping Joey, Yoga Yak, etc on a regular basis outside of class. I also love the different physical skills that Charlotte has learned in class. It’s amazing to see that in the past few months she has learned how to do jumping jacks and different kinds of kicks.


8. How has Kinder Kicks served as a source of enrichment for you and your child (children)? The lessons we learn from the Remarkables has given me a language to use when talking to Charlotte about important concepts that I might not have known how to approach on my own.


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


10. Have any of the Life Lesson stories target a subject that you and/or your child identifies with? If so, which one? How? My daughter has a pretty strong personality, so she tends to get upset about things pretty easily. We try to reinforce Yoga Yak and her deep breaths and concentration to help Charlotte calm down and not lose her temper.


11. Any comments you’d like to add? We’ve really fallen in love with Kinder Kicks and we’re so glad we found it at this point in our daughter’s life! It’s been the perfect outlet for our energetic two year old to learn and have fun!


Stories to inspire!



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

Family Fitness

Exercise and Happiness

Happiness Effect


There is lots of research out there to suggest that when you exercise, it makes you feel happy.  I know when I exercise I feel elated, proud, and yes happy.  It really gives you that feel good factor.  Not only do you feel better, but because you feel better you look better.  Mix that exercise with lots of water and BAM – you have a powerful concotion.  What are your favorite exercises that help make you feel happy? @warriorpoweryoga, @elephantjournal,

Health & Nutrition Holidays

Candy-less Valentines



Yes!  It’s that time of year when the valentines sugar rush comes to fruition.  As a mom who loves to promote healthy eating and exercise, I loved the alternative to the sugar rush Valentines treat.  Candy-less valentines are a great idea to treat children, make them feel special AND keep the sugar rush to a complete minimum.  The thought that goes into a Candy-less valentine also makes it that little bit more special 🙂 What is your favorite Candy-less Valentines treat ideas? Happy Valentines everyone! @nobiggie, @babycenter @thecraftingchicks @parenting

Family Fitness Holidays


We believe that good health and nutrition, mixed with exercise teaches our children from a very young age that a healthy lifestyle is a happy lifestyle!


Sometimes we get so bogged down with daily chores that we forget to look after oursleves and need ideas and support to get us back on track.


I can’t believe that we are already in to February.  Have all those resolutions been kept?  Are they beginning to wane?  Have a look at the article in the comments box.  It gives great ideas to keep you on track, kick start or invigorate that want  for 2014 to be a healthy year!


“Moms”…what went well for you this week?  What tips can you share with others to help them keep on track with their healthy 2014 motivation?