YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

Every dollar donated at any one of over 155 My Gym Children’s Fitness Centers helps children facing physical and cognitive challenges realize a higher quality of life and a more joyous childhood. Through My Gym Challenged America, our amazing nonprofit organization, we raise funds to purchase vital equipment and services for courageous children like the two below: Isabella Twelve-year-old Isabella was in foster care for most of her life, lived in 25 different homes, and has not had a chance at a real family until now. With the diagnosis of ADHD, attachment disorder, anxiety, and a rare genetic malady,...

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Teach Your Child to Jump Rope

Jumping rope is fun; it’s good for your children, and it’s an activity they can do alone and without expensive gadgets. All they need is a rope! Learning to master this skill, however, can be tough, so let Mymo break it down for you. With your guidance and these simple instructions, your child will be jumping in no time! Put the handles of the jump rope into each hand. Begin with the jump rope behind your body. Next, swing the jump rope gently to the front of your body and then to the back. Practice this several times, just...

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March is “Youth Art Month!”

You may not have known it, but the month of March has been celebrated as “Youth Art Month” since 1961. It was designed to emphasize the value of participating in art for all children while encouraging schools to recognize the powerful developmental benefits children receive from the simple act of creating art. Governors and mayors throughout the United States issue proclamations declaring March as Youth Art Month, and many United States Senators, Members of Congress, and state legislators take the opportunity to make public statements in favor of art education. Observation of Youth Art Month is carried out by...

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5 Work-Smarter Tips for Working Moms

Being a working mother may be one of the world’s toughest jobs, incredibly exhausting yet incredibly rewarding. Being loyal and hardworking for your company while nurturing and sharing quality time with your family is no easy task. Often, we are hardest on ourselves, wondering whether we can do everything, take care of everyone, and still manage to put in the extra hours at work. Well, you can! Here are some simple reminders to help you sustain the greatest responsibility on earth – raising a happy, healthy family while supporting that family and pursuing your personal career goals: Measure and...

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Water Works: Keeping your kids hydrated

Hydration is particularly important for children because they have higher water requirements in relation to their body weight than do adults. Children don’t always recognize the early stages of thirst, which can make them particularly vulnerable to becoming dehydrated, especially when they are active, as all children should be. Dehydration, even if only mild, can cause tiredness, headaches, lack of concentration, reduced mental performance, and dry skin. Convincing children to drink water on a regular basis can be tricky, so here are some quick tips to keep them hydrated, healthy, and happy. Start their day with a glass of...

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Hail to the Craft!

President’s Day is coming, which means all the kids will be home from school and daycare. You may need some fun activities to share with your gang, so here’s a fun link to some artwork to honor our nation’s father, George Washington. You can revisit stories about the founding of our country and, of course, little George chopping down the cherry tree. Have fun! ...

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR (and on the air)

Well, Cupid’s day is almost here, and you and your loved one may not be feeling the spirit of hearts and flowers. If the rigors of the million details in running a household have got you feeling less than romantic, try setting the tone with music. Here are some surefire, time-tested tunes that will remind you exactly why you fell in love in the first place. Some are oldie classics that still have the magic; some are more modern. Grab a few of these from iTunes or other music sources and enjoy the company of the one you love!...

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The Best Valentine for You and Your Child

Sure, you know your significant other, your mate, your spouse, your better half loves you. Of course that’s true. But isn’t it nice to hear it once in a while, through flowery words and perhaps a token of affection? That’s the beauty of Valentine’s Day, a holiday upon which we publicly, right out loud declare our love for those we adore, while acknowledging our commitment to and appreciation of those loved ones. Children need to hear words of encouragement on a regular basis. These affirmations help to build confidence and self-esteem. Youngsters also need role modeling in expression of...

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