• How To Help Your Child Make Friends

    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.

    Ready to entertain your child’s new friends? Why not have a BounceU party? 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.

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  • Parents: Reassess Your Behavior Expectations

    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.

     

    Resisting Temptation

    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.

     

    Granting Privacy

    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.

     

    At BounceU, we love entertaining children and their quirky behaviors! From toddlers to elementary school kids to pre-teens, BounceU is a great place to bring your children for a fun day of running around bounce houses. We specialize in making birthday parties, field trips and other events unique and stress-free for the whole family. To learn more, or to book an event, please contact us today.

  • Dos and Don’ts of Party Planning for Twins

    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.

  • Raising Grateful Children

    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.

    Are you looking for a fun party place for kids ? Look no further than BounceU. Find out about throwing a party in our bounce houses in Farmingdale by calling (516) 986-4518.

  • It’s Always a Party at BounceU!

    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.

  • Celebrate the End of Your Little League Team’s Season with a Trip to BounceU!

    Are you looking for a way to reward your Little League team after a hard-fought season? If so, then a trip to BounceU may offer you the solution that you are looking for. BounceU is a kids’ party place in Farmingdale that offers bounce houses, kids’ party entertainment, food, party games, and themed decorations.

    Booking a party at BounceU offers many benefits. First, because you can book your party online and view the pricing, add-on options, and food selection on our website, it is easy to see what we have to offer. Also, booking a party at BounceU means that you and your group will get a party space to yourselves, allowing you to celebrate the season’s end as a team.

    If you are ready to take advantage of what BounceU has to offer, then visit us online or call our party place in Farmingdale at (516) 986-4518 for more information.

  • Is Your Child Getting Too Much Screen Time?

    Today, some parents are choosing to schedule active party events to combat the sedentary lifestyle that many kids lead, and when it comes to fun activities and kids’ party entertainment, BounceU has you covered. Watch this video if you’re concerned that your child may be getting more screen time than is healthy.

    When kids participate in normal play rather than use electronics, this helps them develop life skills, such as learning how to read social cues and engage in negotiation and compromise, and doing so also allows them to embrace their imagination and curiosity.

    For simple party planning and memorable kids’ party entertainment, schedule your next group event at BounceU. To find out more about our bounce house party place serving Farmingdale, call (516) 986-4518.

  • Ideas for Staying Active as a Family

    Exercise helps support proper growth and development, and staying active as a parent can set a great example of healthy living for your kids. BounceU offers parents an easy way to plan fun and active parties for children. However, if you’re looking for ways to stay active as a family, then read on for some helpful ideas.

    See Your City

    For many families, there is plenty to do right where they live. To stay more active together, consider setting aside time each week to get out of the house and explore your area. For example, you could spend a day at the zoo, schedule a weekend camping trip, plan a picnic at your neighborhood park, or go for a walk around the neighborhood.

    Plant a Garden

    If you haven’t done much gardening before, then you may be surprised by how much exercise you can get from this activity. To stay active with your family, consider planting a garden in your backyard or renting a space at your local community garden. Tending to a garden as a family can offer each of you great exercise. Plus, gardening can be therapeutic, fun, and educational.

    Start a Sport

    It’s easier than you may think to enjoy athletics together as a family. For example, your family can start taking weekly bike rides around your neighborhood, get a membership at the city pool, find a local trail to hike, or train for and participate in a marathon together.

    Try Active Games

    If you want a fun way for your family to keep moving together in the winter, then consider investing in some active video games. Today, there are plenty of games that require movement to play, can be fun for the whole family, and offer a great way to burn calories indoors.

    BounceU features bounce houses, inflatables and kids party entertainment in Farmingdale , so your kids and their friends can enjoy active birthday activities year-round. If you’d like to book a party, then call (516) 986-4518.

  • Why Physical Activity Is Important for Kids

    As a parent, it is critical to encourage your kids to get active. This video provides five reasons why physical activity is so important for children during their developmental years. Exercise early in life can help to prevent diseases, and daily activity has also been shown to promote healthy cognitive development. An open bounce at Bounce U can provide your kids with the perfect environment to run, play, and exercise.

    When you are looking for creative ways to help your children increase their activity, be sure to make a trip to Bounce U . Our bounce houses in Farmingdale naturally encourage kids to stretch, play, and develop their physical abilities. To learn more about the next open bounce at our popular party place, call us at (516) 986-4518.