Eight Halloween Season Tips

Halloween is such a great time of the year!  The decorations, the various pumpkin-flavored goodies that pop up everywhere (YUM!), and, of course, costumes and trick-or-treating!  Having a fun Halloween also requires some important precautions.  Here are 8 Halloween season tips to keep your children safe during this amazing time of year. Check costumes to be sure they are fire-retardant and consider face painting instead of masks, which can obscure children’s view. Plan your route in a well-lighted neighborhood with little traffic and no main thoroughfares. Trick-or-treating in a neighborhood familiar to your kids is also best. Children are...

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Giving is Rewarding: Meet Aleah Whaley

If you haven’t met Aleah Whaley, you really should! Her boundless energy and her enthusiasm about the well-being of children is delightful and contagious. Aleah serves as Director of Development of My Gym Challenged America, My Gym’s charitable foundation dedicated to raising funds to purchase assistive equipment and services for children facing physical, emotional, and developmental challenges. As we all know, fundraising is never easy, but Aleah handles her responsibilities with grace, positivity, and good humor. We sat down with Aleah to ask a few quick questions. MB: Why is MGCA so important to you? AW: I had the...

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Growing, growing strong!

They say spring is the season of growth and renewal, but September, the beginning of autumn, is certainly giving spring a run for its money at My Gym this year. Just look at the new My Gym Children’s Fitness Centers popping up all around the globe in the month of September! There’s My Gym Ukraine led by Olga Udovychenko and My Gym Houston owned by Nael Alkujok, as well as Neema Khatri’s gym in McLean, Virginia. In the same week, Mindy Reeth and Bill Parkes opened My Gym Winter Garden, Florida while, up north, Jim and Evan Wacht opened...

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Smugglers’ Notch Resort

My Gym Enterprises is extremely excited to announce our newest partnership with Smugglers’ Notch Resort, chosen as the #1 Kid-Friendly Resort in the Eastern U.S. and Canada in the 2017 SKI Magazine Reader Survey! Smugglers’ Notch, located in Vermont, is the mountain resort leader in family vacation experiences and features year-round vacation opportunities. Beginning this fall, select My Gym locations in the U.S. and Canada will proudly be displaying Smugglers’ Notch information, promotional offers, and discounts to their customers at the gyms.  Additionally, the partnership will feature national promotions and contests via e-Newsletter and social media; and, beginning in 2018, families...

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Standing Together through Difficult Times

One of the most difficult aspects of caring for children is the challenge of keeping their world innocent, safe, and filled with possibility. We shape their experiences as best we can, and do our utmost to provide an environment conducive to good health, happiness, and the confidence necessary to their becoming successful adults. There are, however, more and more elements in our changing world that are beyond our control. New technology is granting access to adult issues at younger ages than ever. Children are now privy to world political events previously of concern only to grownups. Even our own...

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The Importance of Dinner Conversation

Children who eat dinner with their family members are more likely to understand, acknowledge, and follow the boundaries and expectations set by their parents. A decrease in high-risk behaviors is related to the amount of time spent with family, especially during family dinners. A stimulating, fun, and informative conversation can be one of the most important things you can provide your youngsters. Here are some fun questions your kids will enjoy at the dinner table. What was your favorite part of your day? One person starts by sharing “The most favorite part of my day….!” This is not only...

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Study Result: “What will your children remember most?”

A recent study on Early Childhood Education set out to capture children’s salient memories, hoping to discover what 5-year-olds remembered most from their early years, what had challenged them, and what brought them joy. What was discovered about children’s memories was extremely profound. Here are a few of the most often mentioned: Being dropped off at school: The most frequent memory that children reported was the experience of being dropped off at school each morning. Many actually most valued the rituals they shared with their mothers and fathers, simple things like Mommy saying, “Have fun today,” or Daddy tousling the child’s...

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Should Children Count Calories?

Hey Mom and Dad, you’ve heard that consuming too many calories causes weight gain, right? And to lose unwanted weight, we all need to take in fewer calories and expend more energy through exercise. Right? Well, not exactly. While calorie counting may be an effective weight loss tool for adults, it is not a healthy practice for children and teens. Here’s why: Calorie counting can cause kids to begin fixating on food issues rather than enjoying the meal. They can suffer anxieties over how many calories they’re consuming vs. how many calories they’re burning off during exercise instead of...

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