For most parents, helping kids to get enough exercise is a big concern. With recess times being cut in school, and screen time becoming more and more prevalent, it can be challenging to make sure your children remain physically active. Fortunately, no matter the age, you can find ways to make exercise a fun family affair.
- Little ones love to play. If you have a toddler or preschooler, it’s easy to create opportunities to exercise. Play Ring Around the Rosie or musical chairs, or go out in the yard and toss a beach ball back and forth. Make an obstacle course in your house or yard, or take a walk around your neighborhood together. Go to the playground, or take a class with other kids. Take these ideas and run with them, finding new and creative ways to get your little one moving. Bonus: kids who play hard, nap hard!
- Elementary-aged kids will usually be happy just to be doing something with you. Mom and dad loom large for young kids, so it’s easy to get them on board with exercising together. Play hopscotch or challenge each other to see who can do the most jumping jacks. Teach your kid how to do somersaults, cartwheels, and handstands, or turn on some music and have a dance party. Take a bike ride or a walk, or toss around a ball or Frisbee. This age is also a great time to start thinking about organized activities, whether dance, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, or team sports. Find an active pursuit that resonates with your child, and you may be gifting them with a hobby that will help them stay healthy for many years.
- Big kids can be more challenging. Life gets hectic as kids become tweens, and older kids have tons to do between school and extracurricular activities. It’s important for them to get exercise every day, and you can encourage this by planning fun family activities. Take a yoga class together, or learn a new dance. Work together in the yard, or take the dog for a walk. Plan weekend outings that incorporate activity, like skating or hiking, and bring along their friends, to make your adventures even more appealing.
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When a child gets hurt, it can be scary for the child and the parent. You never want anything bad to happen to your little one, but unfortunately, bumps and bruises will happen no matter how careful you are with your child. How do you walk the line between providing comfort and teaching bravery?
Of course, if the injury is minor enough, there’s nothing to it. A hug, some comforting words, a timely joke, and a colorful Band-Aid will distract from the pain and have them back to playing in no time. If the injury requires more attention than that, however, there are some things you can do to help keep your child calm.
- Don’t dismiss the injury. Even if it’s minor, validate your child’s feelings by saying, “I know this hurts.” You can then go on to let the child know that you’ll help and that everything will be ok.
- Model bravery. It’s important for kids to learn that being brave doesn’t mean you’re never afraid. It means that even when you’re scared, you do what needs to be done.
- Appear to be in control. Don’t lie and say you’re not worried if you are, but remain calm and reassure your child that you know what to do.
- Explain what’s going on. Whether you’re putting an ice pack on a bump, or a trip to the emergency room is in order, kids will be better able to stay calm if you talk them through the process. Let them know what to expect before things happen so that they can feel some control over the situation.
- Involve the child in the process. Talk to the child, instead of just talking to others around you. Ask questions, and let your child ask you questions if he or she needs to, to understand what’s happening. Give your child something to do, to help distract from the pain, whether it’s holding the ointment or choosing the Band-Aid.
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As parents, we look forward to our children’s milestones, whether it’s the first steps, the first tooth, the first best friend, or the first day of school. One of the biggest social milestones is the sleepover, but it’s important that the child be ready for this big event. How can you know if your child is ready?
First, understand that there’s no “right age” for a sleepover. It’s completely subjective, and you have to base your decision on your particular situation and your unique child. If you trust the adults involved, your child is excited to go, and your gut tells you it’s a good idea, then go for it! Here are some thoughts on how to make sure everyone is prepared, and everything goes smoothly.
- Talk to your child. The best way to know whether the sleepover is the right choice for your child is to talk to him or her. Gauge the child’s level of interest, and consider past experience to determine whether this is a good choice.
- Talk to the other parents. Ask questions about the plan, until you’re satisfied that it’s going to be a safe and healthy environment. Make sure that the other parents have all the information they will need, too, like your contact information and your child’s habits, preferences, and allergies.
- Have a plan in place. Know that it might not work out, and you might have to go pick up a pajama-clad child late at night. That’s ok, you want your child to know his or her own limits and do what feels safe.
- Give your child some control. Discuss how the child is feeling ahead of time, and pack comfort items to make the night easier. Let your child know that it’s ok to call you, or even come home if something feels uncomfortable.
- Consider hosting, if you’re nervous. Sometimes, the best way to know whether your child is ready for a new level of social interaction is to observe it for yourself. When the first sleepover happens at your house, it gives you more control over the situation, and you’ll be better able to decide if your child has the level of maturity necessary to brave a sleepover somewhere else next time.
If you’re looking for a fun party idea, but your child is not quite ready to take the leap to a sleepover, consider a fun party at BounceU. At BounceU, we love kids! That’s why we’ve created the best private party place in the universe, where families and friends can get together and go a little wild. We specialize in creating stress-free, unique, and exhilarating parties that make your child feel like a VIP. Whether you’ve got a special event on the horizon or just want to come in for an Open Bounce, call us at (631) 777-5867 or visit our website to see what makes BounceU so special.
Whether it’s preschool or college, the first day at a new school is a big deal for kids and parents alike. Even if the school isn’t new, going into a classroom full of new kids, with a new teacher, can be a little bit intimidating for a child. How can you make sure your child has a good first day? There are some concrete steps you can take ahead of time to ease anxiety and help your child be eager for that first day of school.
- Involve the child in the preparations. Take your child back to school shopping, and involve him or her in decisions about things like backpacks and lunchboxes. It’s fun to pick out special pencils or other school supplies that can help the child feel confident and ready. The night before the first day, encourage your child to lay out clothes and school supplies and ask for help packing a lunch or snack for the next day.
- Visit the school ahead of time. Meeting the teacher and becoming familiar with the space are two great ways for kids to feel more comfortable about that first day. If possible, get to know a classmate ahead of time too, so that your child already has a friend when the class starts.
- Read books together to stave off the jitters. Books are a great way to help kids understand that other people feel the same way they do. Moreover, reading together is a great way to spark conversation and help the child to open up. There are great books about school from preschool all the way up, so do a little bit of research and you’ll be sure to find one that fits.
- Talk to your child about how he or she is feeling. It’s easy for us to project what our children may be feeling, but the best way to know for sure is to ask. Talk about school, friends, how he or she feels about riding the bus or participating in extracurricular activities, and whether he or she is excited that school is starting. You may learn things about your child that you didn’t know, and you may be able to pass along some wisdom that is comforting.
- Send something comforting to help ease the day. In most cases, your child will not be able to take a lovey to school. However, you can do little things that will provide comfort and let him or her know you’re there in spirit. Put a note in the lunchbox, give the child a watch to wear to keep track of the time, or allow your child to keep a small favorite item in the backpack, just to know it’s near. Something to glance at that gives a feeling of home will go a long way toward easing anxiety.
- Rehearse for the big day. For little kids, practice things like dressing, undressing, and hand-washing, so they’ll feel more confident doing those things at school. At any age, it’s helpful to practice getting ready for school before the first day actually arrives, to make sure it all goes smoothly.
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It’s a well-known fact that friends are important, and making friends is a crucial skill for children to develop. Sometimes, though, it’s not very easy to do. It can be hard to watch your kid struggle with making new friends, and knowing you can’t make friends for them can make parents feel helpless. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make it a little bit easier.
- Be proactive about setting up playdates. Whether or not your child makes friends easily, it’s smart to talk to other parents and create social occasions to foster interaction. When you invite kids to your home for playdates, you are fostering positive relationships not just between the children, but also between the parents. Building a community of support, where the kids and adults are friendly and supportive of each other, can be extremely valuable in many different areas of your child’s life.
- Look for extracurricular activities. Find something your child truly enjoys, and then find a way for him or her to spend time with others who have similar interests. If your child has trouble making friends, it’s probably best to steer clear of activities that are overly competitive, in favor of those that are more cooperative in nature.
- Rehearse social situations. Before a playdate, discuss what it means to be a good host. Help your child plan activities for the playdate, and rehearse conversations or situations that might arise. Similarly, talk to your child about things that happen at school, and practice how best to respond to uncomfortable situations.
- Get to know your child’s friends. When you take the time to know your child’s friends, you learn about how your child interacts with others, what his or her social group is interested in, what kinds of influences are impacting your child, and how all the kids get along with each other. Friends are some of the most important people in your child’s life, and it’s worthwhile to get to know them.
- Help your child to consider others. Empathy is an extremely valuable trait, important for a person’s whole life. Foster care and concern for others in your child’s life, and teach him or her how to be a good listener, sensitive to the needs of others.
- Stay aware of your child’s social life. There’s a difference between getting too involved in your child’s interactions and paying attention to what’s going on. Multiple studies indicate that children do better when parents monitor their social activities, supervising where children play and helping to steer them toward friends who bring out the best in them. When you’re aware of what’s going on, you can help your child to avoid problems like bullying, as well.
- Learn to listen. Spend time with your child, doing something you both enjoy, instead of asking direct questions. If you are willing to put in the time and pay attention, your child will open up about how things are going socially, and you’ll be able to figure out how to help.
- Don’t pressure your child to be popular. Friends are important for children, but popularity is not. Sometimes, parents interpret a child’s behavior as shy when it’s really just introversion, and the child would rather spend time alone than with others. It’s ok to be an introvert, and as long as your child has one or two good friends, there’s probably no cause for concern.
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When your children play in the dog’s water dish or refuse to put their toys away, it’s easy to think they’re being obstinate when in reality they’re simply acting their age. You may develop unrealistic expectations because your children’s behavior is inconsistent from day to day, or even minute to minute. Sleep deprivation, hunger and a host of other factors affect a child’s mood and behavior.
Consider some common behavior expectations, the realities many parents face and tips to help your children behave.
The expectation: Your two-year-old should stay out of the dog’s water dish.
The reality: Every time you turn your back, water splashes everywhere.
What to do: Your child sees a water dish as an invitation to play, so find a substitute for it. Consistently steer the child away from the dog’s bowl and toward a bin filled with an inch or two of water and plastic cups to play with. Set a towel under this play area to minimize the mess.
Putting Toys Away
The expectation: Your three-year-old should put toys away the first time you ask.
The reality: After asking 100 times, your child finally puts two blocks away and then starts playing again.
What to do: To help your child resist the urge to play, assist with cleaning up and praise your child with each successful contribution to the process. This develops good habits, even if they take time to appear.
The expectation: Your two-year-old should play for two minutes while you use the restroom.
The reality: No sooner do you sit down than your upset toddler starts crying and pounding on the door.
What to do: You can always let your child come with you, but if you’re adamant about privacy, try playing cars or doing a puzzle with your toddler for a few minutes. Then, say you need to use the restroom and will be back in two minutes. Hopefully, the activity you started together will occupy your child’s attention until you return.
Behaving in Public
The expectation: Your three-year-old should sit quietly at the restaurant and color the kids’ menu until the food arrives.
The reality: Your child throws sugar packets, crawls around under the table, and screams when you attempt to make him or her hold still.
What to do: Choose kid-friendly restaurants until your child is at least four years old. In the meantime, make eating out feel like home. Dine at your usual time, skip the dress clothes, and consider bringing your child’s familiar cutlery from home. Provide snacks, toys and a walk around the restaurant until the food arrives.
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Birthday parties for twins may be twice the fun, but for parents, they are also twice the planning. As you’re trying to come up with birthday party ideas, start by settling on a location that is fun for both siblings, instead of one that is geared towards one child or the other. After you have a kids’ party place that everyone will love, keep these dos and don’ts in mind so that your event is a success.
Do Have One Cake for Each Twin
No one wants to share blowing out birthday candles, even if they share a birthday. Instead of opting for one large cake, go for two smaller ones, so that each twin has his or her own cake and candles. Have each cake decorated to reflect that twin’s personality and preferences, so that it feels and looks personal. Sing to each twin separately, and let each child get a turn being the star when it’s time to blow out the candles.
Don’t Stick to a Single Theme
If your twins have a shared interest, then you may be able to plan your party around that single theme, but often, twins each have their own ideas. If one twin wants Minions and the other loves ponies, you don’t have to choose. Let the party reflect both child’s interest, rather than leaving one out or forcing a compromised theme that neither really loves.
Do Manage the Guest List
Guest lists can get out of control quickly when twins are involved. It can help to make a list of shared friends that they both want to invite and then to give each child a set number of guest list additions to add personal friends. Be sure to enlist enough help to supervise your young guests.
BounceU is an easy choice for birthday parties for twins. No matter how different your twins are, they will both love a day with their friends in our bounce houses. Find out more about using our party place in Farmingdale by calling (516) 986-4518.
Birthday parties are fun, but they also provide some learning opportunities. As your child receives gifts at his or her party, it provides a great chance to practice gratitude. As you make you come up with kids’ party ideas, don’t forget to take some time to focus on teaching your child to be a good and grateful host to his or her friends.
This video offers advice on helping kids express gratitude. Talk to your kids about how to receive gift gracefully and show that they are thankful. It also helps to talk to kids before they attend someone else’s birthday party about how to act as their friends receive gifts.
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BounceU is a favorite kids’ party place, but you don’t have to wait for a party invitation to get in on the fun. With our Open Bounce parties, you can try our bounce houses any time you’re in the mood for some fun.
We offer a number of different Open Bounce options. On most Thursdays, we offer an all-ages session that is an exciting time for all of the kids in your family. The last Thursday of each month is reserved for a Cosmic Open Bounce, which is specially crafted for tweens and teens. Preschool Playdate Open Bounces give the younger kids a chance to enjoy their bounce houses on their own, while families are welcome every Wednesday night to bounce together. Reservations are required for all Open Bounces.
Don’t wait for a birthday party to enjoy BounceU with your family. Contact us today at (516) 986-4518 to find out more about our Open Bounce sessions and to reserve space on our inflatables in Farmingdale for your family.