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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The Geography of FUN!

Do you ever wonder what a child living somewhere like…Ukraine does for fitness and fun? Well, wonder no more because, in fact, many Ukrainian children do the same thing American children do; they go to My Gym! It’s true! Now that Olga Udovychenko has opened the four hundred and eighty-third My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, the same wonderful moments and patented programs you experience in your hometown are taking place in Ukraine. Yes, the Hi, Hi Song, the Space Flight, and the same loving and knowledgeable teachers helping children gain the skills, strength, and confidence to become healthy, happy...

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Summer Playground Safety Tips

When your children aren’t enjoying air-conditioned fun at My Gym, outdoor playgrounds are great for kids and parents alike. They provide a much-needed place for physical activity and are often a gathering place for kids to make new friends and, perhaps, for their parents to do the same. It’s important, however, to be aware of some simple yet important safety tips to keep your family safe, healthy, and happy. 1) Use age-appropriate playgrounds. You might want to let your 3-year-old play on the “big kids” playground with his or her older siblings, but there are playgrounds specially designed for...

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Summer is here… Fun family fitness tips!

School’s out, which is great for children, but it can mean they get a lot less exercise each day. Sure, they’ll get lots of activity at My Gym, but you can keep them moving at home. When families exercise together, each member works out at his or her own pace. It’s a great opportunity to introduce more fitness to the kids and give them a chance to enjoy exercise as a family. You can encourage your children to have fun with it, but try to help them maintain good form with certain exercises because learning to do it right...

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Munchkin Grass Fed Farm to Bottle Tour

Coming soon to select My Gym locations across the U.S. Beginning in May and continuing throughout the summer, Munchkin is celebrating the launch of Grass Fed with the Farm to Bottle Tour! About Munchkin Go beyond organic with the world’s only infant formula made with milk from 100% certified Grass Fed cows.* Our happy cows graze on pastures year round in New Zealand, the way nature intended. Grass Fed milk provides high levels of vitamin A & E, and a proper balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids. Naturally, our milk is GMO free, growth hormone free,...

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The Joy of Giving, Caring, and Sharing

There are very few joys greater than that which comes from watching healthy, happy children at play in a My Gym Children’s Fitness Center. The sights and sounds, huge smiles, friendships forming, laughter, shouts of delight, and the sense of accomplishment and pride each child displays are not only heartwarming but truly invigorating. Perhaps the only better feeling is the thrill of making it possible for a child facing physical or cognitive challenges to experience those same joys of childhood. We do this through My Gym Challenged America, our nonprofit foundation dedicated to raising the funds needed to provide...

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