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  • Sweet Dreams Disrupted: The Influence of Developmental Milestones on Sleep

    By Anna Clifford- Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Tummy Time Instructor The influence of developmental milestones on sleep is imperative to understand for our children. Development milestones can significantly impact a child's sleep patterns, leading to what is commonly known as sleep regressions. These milestones encompass various physical, social, emotional, and cognitive advancements that a child achieves during their growth journey. A sleep regression occurs when your child, who has been sleeping well, suddenly experiences difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Does this sound familiar for your little one? Interestingly, sleep regressions often align with major developmental milestones in a child's growth journey. As infants and toddlers reach developmental milestones such as rolling over, crawling, teething, or learning to walk, their brains undergo significant changes. While these advancements are crucial for their overall development, they can disrupt established sleep routines. The process of mastering new skills may result in increased nighttime awakenings, changes in sleep duration, or difficulty falling asleep. Understanding this relationship between sleep and development is essential for parents, as it allows them to anticipate potential sleep challenges during periods of significant developmental progress. Here are some of the physical skills your little one is learning at each sleep regression age: 4 months- bring hands to mouth, pushes up on elbows during tummy time, holds head steady when being held, transitions to more sleep cycles similar to adults (5 rather than 2 newborn sleep cycles) 6 months- rolls from tummy to back, pushes up with straight arms, learning to sit up by leaning on hands, 9 months- beginning stages of talking (mamama, dadada), gets to sitting position by themself, passes objects from one hand to the other, sits up without support, beginning stages of crawling 12 months- pulls up to standing, walks while holding onto furniture, picks objects up with pointer finger and thumb (pincer grasp), saying “mama” & “dada” 18 months- walks without any assistance, feeds themselves with fingers, climbs on and off couch or chair without help 2-2.5 years old- kicks a ball, runs, walks up a few stairs, eats with a spoon Source: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html While there are numerous social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones, our emphasis will remain on the physical aspects. Infants and toddlers are perpetual learners, consistently exploring the world around them, which provides constant stimulation to their developing brains. Could you imagine learning and exploring a new world as soon as you’re awake and until you fall asleep? Every day? This is what your little one is experiencing even through toddlerhood! Continuous brain stimulation throughout the day can naturally induce fatigue, paving the way for the potential of better quality sleep. While learning is inherently stimulating and can enhance sleep quality, excessive stimulation can disrupt sleep patterns. As we learn new skills, the brain retains information during sleep, processing it for enhanced memory and skill performance. During a sleep regression, the brain works overtime due to the demands of acquiring and mastering new skills. Therefore, a sleep regression and/or developmental milestone can affect sleep due to the brain working overtime during the day and can’t switch off when it's time to sleep. Sleep regressions, lasting for 2+ weeks, can be attributed to the challenge of acquiring new skills. When a child doesn't receive the recommended amount of sleep, the brain's processing and retention capabilities are compromised, delaying the learning process. This phenomenon explains why it takes days, weeks, or even months for children to master new skills and why sleep can be affected over an extended period during these developmental phases. Here are my top tips to survive during your little one’s (many) sleep regressions: Ideal sleep environment Age-appropriate daytime AND nighttime schedule Stay as consistent as possible with a routine and daily schedule Put your child to sleep the same way every time (including bedtime, middle of the night, early mornings, and naps) DO NOT add in a bunch of desperate additions to the routine in order to help them fall asleep DO NOT add in anything that you don’t want to become a new habit if they didn’t already need it to fall asleep (i.e. feeding/motion to sleep, co-sleeping if didn’t do it before, etc) Give yourself grace! Early exposure to activities like NinjaZone can significantly contribute to the development of coordination, balance, gross motor skills, strength, and confidence in your little one. Providing ample opportunities for practicing these skills during the day can mitigate potential sleep disruptions, fostering a healthier sleep routine. At NinjaZone, your little one will learn to explore and understand their body's movements at their own pace, fostering a sense of self-awareness and safety. In essence, understanding the intricate connection between learning, developmental milestones, and sleep is crucial for fostering well-rounded and healthy growth for your little one. Activities like NinjaZone not only enhance physical abilities but also contribute to overall well-being by instilling confidence, safety awareness, and the joy of movement. As your child navigates the exciting process of acquiring new skills, maintaining a supportive environment with ample opportunities for practice during the day can positively influence their sleep, fostering a harmonious and thriving developmental experience. Anna Clifford, with Happy Little Ones, is a pediatric sleep consultant, wife, and mom of 3 based in Johnson City, Tennessee. With over two decades of gymnastics teaching experience, Anna draws on her expertise to support families navigating sleep challenges. Anna specializes in toddler sleep, offering her expertise to families in East Tennessee and nationwide. Her goal is to guide parents in creating enjoyable bedtime routines, reducing night wakings, conquering naps, and waking up to happy little ones. In addition, Anna has developed her own Tummy Time virtual class, making valuable information about tummy time and its benefits easily accessible for parents seeking to enhance their child's development. Find me on Social! @happylittleonesllc happylittleonesllc.com Wishing you sleep-full nights, Anna Clifford

  • Indoor Games for When Outdoors is Lame (i.e. it's freezing)

    Keeping high-energy kiddos entertained during the winter months can be, well, quite the challenge. The combination of colder weather, limited daylight, and the inevitable cabin fever can leave parents desperately searching for creative and engaging activities for their kiddos! You already know, we’ve got you covered! Here are some free and/or low-cost options to create some ninja fun at your home! Challenge 1: Floor Maze- Make it through the obstacle course like a Ninja! PREP/SUPPLIES - Open Floor Space, Painter's Tape, Stuffies Use the painter's tape and map out your obstacle course on the floor! Straight lines, zig-zags, x’s, boxes, arrows, dashes, you name it. Use stuffies or floor pillows to create obstacles to jump over or weave through. Challenge 2: Super Spidey Ninja - Sneak through the laser beams without getting caught! PREP/SUPPLIES - Hallway, Yarn/String/Streamers, Tape Tape each piece of string/yarn to each side of the hallway walls creating a laser-like obstacle course. Challenge 3: Don’t Touch the Balloons - Crawl underneath and through the balloons without touching any of them! PREP/SUPPLIES - Dining Room Table, Yarn/String, Tape, Balloons Use yarn and masking tape to attach the balloons to the underside of the table and have your kiddos crawl under without touching the balloons!  Up the ante and drape a  sheet over the table, give your kiddo a flashlight so they can make it through in the dark! Challenge 4: Touch All the Balloons - Run and jump and try to tap the hanging balloons. PREP/SUPPLIES - Ceiling, Yarn/String, Tape, Balloons Hang balloons by a string from your doorways or ceilings at different heights. Challenge your ninja to jump and tap it with their hand. See how many they can touch! You can even mark them with different numbers and keep score! Alternative: Count how many they can touch one hanging balloon in a row without missing (they will feel the burn!). Up the ante by seeing if they can jump and touch the balloon with the top of their head! Challenge 5: Jumpin’ Through Hoops - Jump from one hoop to the next without touching the floor outside of the hoop. PREP/SUPPLIES - Open Floor Space, Hula Hoops Take your kiddo's collection of hula hoops and lay them on the floor in different patterns for them to jump through. Make it more challenging by spreading them further apart or by having them jump through on one leg! You can even switch it up and play hopscotch! Challenge 6: Ninja Limbo - ninjas will crawl from one end to the other under the sticks without touching them. PREP/SUPPLIES - Chairs, Sticks/Brooms/Swiffers/Pool Noodles Line up chairs across from one another and place your limbo sticks across them. Make it extra tricky by lowering the sticks each time they pass through! Challenge 7: Sweaty Ninja - Complete each exercise of the training circuit to get ready for their Ninja mission! PREP/SUPPLIES - Open Space, Paper, Marker, Stickers Write down 5 - 10 movements (& reps)  on a piece of paper, spread them around the house, and have your ninja complete each exercise. Each ninja earns a sticker at each station! Movement Ideas: Jumping Jacks, Mountain Climbers, Hops, Squats, Push-Ups, Sit-Ups, Lunges, Star Jumps, High Knees, Burpees, etc. Challenge 8: It’s a Zoo in Here - Go from exhibit to exhibit and act like their favorite animals at the zoo! PREP/SUPPLIES - Open space, stuffies Create animal-themed stations with their favorite stuffies! Set up exhibits (stations) and have your kiddo act and move like that animal from one end of the room to the other. Kids can hop like frogs, crawl like bears, slither like snakes, run like cheetahs… you get it! Challenge 9: Puzzle Dash Flash - See how fast they can run to each puzzle piece (one at a time) as fast as they can and run back to the puzzle board to place the puzzle piece in the correct place until the puzzle is finished. PREP/SUPPLIES - Open Space, Small wooden puzzle (no more than 20 pieces), timer Spread the puzzle pieces around the room and make a central home base for the puzzle board. You can even hide the pieces if you want! This one will get them moving, and their brain working at the same time! Win-win, baby! Check out these flashcards you can print at home to help your little one choose which game they want to play!

  • New Year. Same Family. New Process.

    So, the time has come once again. The time for resolutions, promises, changes, and the proverbial turning over of new leaves. What does that mean for you? What does it mean for your kids? What does it mean for your family? Do you have the best intentions, but deep down, you know that there’s a good chance life will get in the way, and your resolutions will fall by the wayside? Check it. I’m here to tell you to throw it all out the window. Statistics support staggering numbers, which show most people don’t hang with their own resolutions. Solution? Don’t make them. Instead, make a monthly goal calendar. But the kicker is this: MAKE IT NOW. If you only go one month at a time, you may be a totally kick-ass person who really has it together and will update it monthly. Orrrrr…. you might be like me. I need to have it mapped out ahead of time, or it’s not happening. Just bein’ honest. I am sharing my New Year’s plan with you. Feel free to take it, copy it, change it, or just use it as a template. Whatever works for you. Or, ya know, don’t use it at all. This won’t work for everyone, but I have found this to be an excellent way to make resolutions stick. I’m basically psyching myself out, and I’m totally ok with that. The goals I am looking to achieve for my FAMILY for 2024: Keep the kids active. Eat healthier. Increase my family’s water intake. Go on vacation. Eat at home more, and eat dinner before 8 pm! This is gonna be rough… Here is how I am mapping out my calendar: I have a Google calendar set up for my 2024 goals. It’s free. It’s simple. No excuses. Some events are set to reoccur. Some are one-timers. Some have the flexibility to be moved if necessary. I have shared this calendar with my spouse, and I will have it pulled up every day when I sign onto my laptop. I have set reminders to pop up at me so I can’t ignore anything! My recurring calendar events: Every 2 weeks on Friday, I’ll order my groceries online. I’ll pick it up on Saturday. This allows me to shop from my computer and stay home with the kids. It also saves us a trip to the grocery with 2 kids in tow. Every Monday and Wednesday: Cook a crockpot meal for dinner. Every Monday: How much water did we drink over the weekend? If I haven’t changed the water cooler bottle since before Friday, we’re not drinking enough! Every Saturday: Dinner out with the family, no excuses. One Saturday a month: Date night among adults, no excuses Every Friday: Take $40 out of the account. Put in an envelope for vacation spending money. Additional dates per month: Jan: Set a reminder on the 15th to assess progress so far. Must check myself before I wreck myself. Feb: The new gym schedule should now be routine. Set reminders for gut checks. Mar: Pick a date during the month have a freezer meal party and get new recipes. April: Start looking into summer camps for the kids to keep them busy. May: Set a reminder to start planning a vacation: book a hotel, plan a budget, and figure out travel plans. June: Be intentional. Set up an overnight date with the hubs. The. kids. will. be. fine. with. grandma. for. a. night. July: Back to school next month—take a long weekend for family time. Aug: Progress check—ready for the holidays?! Sept: Pick a date for another freezer meal party. The last one was fun, and I love to entertain! Oct: Vacation! Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits…we’re outta here. Nov: Reminder to set up 2 dates to give back to the community or volunteer this month.#ninjasgiveback Dec: Reevaluate the year: how can I switch it up for next year? Happy New Year, friends! Let us know what you are up to in 2024!

  • Connecting with Your Ninja Kid: A Mom's Guide to Building Strong Bonds

    Being a mom to a ninja kid can be an exciting journey filled with obstacles, adventures, and plenty of surprises. Your child's passion for ninja activities is an incredible opportunity to connect with them on a deeper level. Check out these 10 tips to build stronger relationships through the sport of ninja! 1. Share Their Passion One of the most effective ways to connect with your ninja is to take a genuine interest in their passion. Attend their classes, watch ninja competitions together, and ask questions about their training. Showing enthusiasm for what they love fosters a sense of validation and support. 2. Participate in Their World Consider joining in on the fun! Many ninja gyms offer family or parent-child classes where you can try out the obstacles and challenges together. This shared experience not only strengthens your connection but also provides a chance for you both to learn and grow. 3. Be a Supportive Cheerleader Whether it's a small accomplishment in training or a big competition, be their biggest cheerleader. Celebrate their successes and offer encouragement during setbacks. Your emotional support can help them develop confidence and resilience. 4. Listen Actively Ninjas are often filled with stories of their training adventures. Take the time to listen actively and attentively when they share their experiences. Ask open-ended questions to encourage them to express themselves, and be present in the moment. (i.e. what was a skill you thought you couldn't master today?) 5. Create a Ninja-Inspired Space Transform a corner of your home into a ninja-inspired space. Decorate it with ninja-themed posters, equipment, or a mini obstacle course. This dedicated area can serve as a reminder of their passion and a place where you can bond over training and practice. 6. Teach Life Skills Ninja training goes beyond physical abilities; it teaches valuable life skills such as discipline, perseverance, and goal-setting. Discuss how these skills can be applied in everyday life, emphasizing the importance of hard work and dedication. 7. Set Goals Together Work with your ninja to set realistic goals for their training. Discuss what they want to achieve and help them create a plan to reach those goals. This collaborative effort can instill a sense of purpose and responsibility. Connecting with your ninja kid on this level helps them see your commitment to their success! 8. Encourage Balance While it's essential to support their ninja pursuits, ensure there's a healthy balance between training and other aspects of their life, such as school, social activities, and downtime. Help them manage their time effectively. 9. Be Patient and Understanding Ninja training can be challenging, and there may be moments of frustration or disappointment. Be patient and understanding when they face obstacles or setbacks. Your empathy and encouragement will help them stay motivated. 10. Share Your Wisdom As a mom, you have a wealth of life experience to offer. Share stories of your own challenges and triumphs, and how you've overcome obstacles. Your wisdom can be a source of inspiration and valuable life lessons! Connecting with your ninja kid is a rewarding journey that deepens your relationship and nurtures their growth. Embrace their passion, be their biggest supporter, and cherish the moments you spend together on this exciting ninja adventure!

  • The Science Behind Kids in Ninja Sport

    The science behind kids participating in acrobatic sports like NinjaZone, gymnastics, dance, and yoga is multifaceted and encompasses various aspects of physical and cognitive development. NinjaZone believes these are critical foundations for children in not just sports, but in life. Here are some key scientific principles and factors to consider 1. Physical Development Muscle Development: Engaging in acrobatic sports helps kids develop strength, agility, and flexibility. The science behind this lies in the growth and adaptation of muscle fibers and the nervous system's ability to recruit muscle units effectively. Bone Health: Regular physical activity, including ninja-style movements, can contribute to stronger bones. Weight-bearing activities stimulate bone growth and density, reducing the risk of conditions like osteoporosis later in life. Coordination: Ninja sports require precise coordination of movements, which can improve a child's fine and gross motor skills. This development is linked to the brain's ability to process information and send signals to muscles. 2. Cognitive Development Problem-Solving: Ninja sports often involve solving puzzles and navigating complex obstacle courses. This challenges a child's problem-solving abilities, enhancing their cognitive skills. Focus and Concentration: Maintaining concentration during acrobatic performances is essential for safety and success. Engaging in these sports can help kids improve their attention span and focus. 3. Psychological Benefits Confidence: Achieving success in ninja sports can boost a child's self-esteem and confidence. This is linked to the science of positive reinforcement and the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine, which are associated with feelings of accomplishment. Resilience: Ninja sports often involve facing challenges and overcoming failures. These experiences can contribute to a child's emotional resilience and ability to cope with setbacks. 4. Biomechanics Balance and Stability: The science of biomechanics studies how the body's structure and movement interact. In ninja sports, kids learn to control their bodies and maintain balance, which involves understanding principles like center of gravity and leverage. Injury Prevention: Proper technique and body mechanics are critical for injury prevention. Kids learn to move in ways that minimize the risk of injury, and this is rooted in biomechanical principles. 5. Neuroplasticity Skill Acquisition: The brain's ability to adapt and form new neural connections, known as neuroplasticity, plays a significant role in acquiring and improving ninja skills. Training and practice strengthen these neural pathways over time. 6. Social Interaction: Teamwork and Communication: Ninja class involves peer involvement and group participation. These activities promote social interaction and communication skills, which are essential for a child's overall development. The science behind kids in ninja sport encompasses physical, cognitive, psychological, and biomechanical aspects. These activities offer numerous benefits that contribute to a child's overall development and well-being. Find a NinjaZone location near you! theninjazone.com/find-location

  • 5 First-Aid Hacks for Ninja Kids

    Cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Oh, my! All of these are bound to happen at some point when you have a very active child. Especially in the Summer time! 1. Frozen sponge as an ice-pack You’ll need a sponge, some water, and a sandwich bag. Simply, take the sponge and let it absorb as much as possible. Then, take the soaked sponge and place it in a sandwich bag. Finally, let the sponge freeze in the freezer so that it is ready for whenever it is needed—no need to use loose ice or buy gel ice packs that can burst and become hazardous. You can make as many frozen sponges as you like and reuse them as well! 2. Use honey if you don’t have hydrogen peroxide Don’t have any hydrogen peroxide around to disinfect? You can use honey on minor scrapes and cuts. Honey has anti-bacterial properties which make it a great substitute if you find yourself without any antiseptics. 3. Soothe mosquito bites with a banana peel Rub the inside of a banana peel on the affected area. The sugars from the peel help to draw out fluids from the bite. Banana peels also help to stop the itchy sensation! 4. Try getting splinters out with sticky tape Tweezers and splinters can be a little scary for kids. If the splinter is small enough and superficial, tape can be an easy substitute. Take a piece of sticky tape and put it over the splinter. When you pull it away the splinter should come right out with it. 5. Use baking soda to treat bee stings If your kiddo gets stung by a bee, no worries! You can make a paste out of baking soda and a little water. The basic mixing ratio for this is 3 parts of baking soda and one part water. Really, you just need to make sure it isn’t too runny. Make sure the stinger is out before putting this mixture on the bee sting. Let the paste sit on the area for 15 minutes and wash off. Baking soda helps to neutralize the venom from the sting which reduces inflammation and pain. Ninjas don't stay down for long!

  • Kid's Summer Bingo {free printable}

    We know you’ll be busy this Summer – so why not cross off some Summer Bingo squares along the way? We created an easy printable that you can hang on the fridge. Cross off each item as you do it and try to get to them all! Tag us in your summer fun photos on Instagram or Facebook. Save this free printable -

  • 5 Tips for Talking to Kids

    (Without Talking Down to Them) For Ninja trainers and coaches, dedicated to embedding the discipline, focused energy, and skill of a Ninja into students, the ability to properly communicate with children is vital. When talking and communication are done right throughout a lesson, students learn more, have more fun, and benefit from a more structured environment. With proper communication, everyone benefits and experiences an easier time as we work together to teach new skills and have fun. Read on below to discover several important guidelines to stick to when seeking to foster better communication with students, and experience the results for yourself! 5 Tips for Talking to Kids - 1. Speak to Students in a Mature Way For students training to be a Ninja, it’s important to acknowledge their self-felt status as a “big kid.” Students are eager to rise to the occasion as they learn new skills, and might be less willing to listen if they feel that they’re being spoken to as “babies.” Speak to them as you might to adults; slowly and clearly, with patience for questions, and you might find a more receptive class. 2. Make Eye Contact For many children, the feeling of personal attention is just as important as a mature tone of speech when addressing them. Maintaining eye contact while talking, and making it with as many students as possible, communicates a sense of “Yes, I’m talking to you too.” That connection to students can work wonders in a personal sense of connection and accountability as you seek to stay on task. 3. Stay Mindful As many successes as you have, when communicating with children there will inevitably be setbacks. There will be days when it’s more difficult to communicate, and it can be easy for frustration to begin creeping up during this time. Remember to stay mindful of the fact that difficulty happens less often than good behavior, and keep a calm demeanor as you attempt to keep things under control. 4. Help Students Set Their Own Limits The core of our program centers around allowing students to progress at their own pace and find their limits. Don’t be afraid to support a student if they want to try something you might feel is slightly out of their grasp. While keeping safety as a priority, allowing students to press themselves is part of the beauty of NinjaZone. As a guide, cheerleader, and chaperone, you’ll be part of an experience they’ll never forget! 5. Be Firm When Necessary As fun as training may be, limits are also necessary to ensure that each student has a safe, fun experience. When talking about and laying down boundaries, expectations, and discipline to ensure that everyone gets along, you will have to be firm and uncompromising in what you allow and what you don’t. By clearly communicating your expectations and sticking to them, students will accept your leadership without feeling babied. When you’re leading, you’re the teacher and head communicator rolled into one. By following the 5 Tips for Talking to Kids when interacting with students, you’re more likely to have a fun, safe and harmonious group of students.

  • Fall Family Fun! {free download}

    It's Fall y'all and there is no better time to get together as a family and check off some classic Fall activities than right now! Check out this year's NinjaZone Fall Bucket List - Download the PDF -

  • 5 Ways to End Negativity in Your Staff Culture

    Having employees is hard work. During stressful, busy, or chaotic times staff morale can hit a low point. When morale is down, negativity creeps into a workplace making the environment toxic. As business owners, directors, coaches, and leaders we need to work on changing the energy around us when it starts to go downhill. I am NOT perfect. Despite my many years in a leadership role, I still have to keep working on these strategies. Believe me when I tell you that awareness will lead to change. Here are 5 ways to lose that negative energy! 1. Pause. When you’re confronted with a negative situation, it’s our tendency to react quickly and hopefully squash it quickly. Take a deep breath, and let it be okay to say – “I need to put some thought into this.” Show your concern without judgment. Even a good “hmmmm….” works. Then take some time to empathize and think through it. 2. Ask questions, rather than making statements, and remove yourself from the cycle. I read an awesome management book called “The Coaching Habit” by Michael Bungay Stanier. I highly recommend it. In the book, they give seven stellar questions when meeting with an employee or co-worker. So often we find ourselves in “solve it” mode that we insert our opinions into the situation in an effort to help. Rather than assess, ask questions like, “Why is this a challenge for you?” or “How can I help?” When people realize that you’re not going to solve all of their problems, they’ll get the hint quickly. 3. Accept criticism as an opportunity, and try your best not to make excuses. Look at every mistake or critique as an opportunity to be better tomorrow. And don’t beat yourself up! Mistakes are part of growth, and the more you make the better you get. Someone cares about you, your team/staff, or your club enough to help you out.  Or, even if you don’t agree, they have a reason to believe what they believe. What vibe are you giving off that warrants the criticism? When people see that your intentions are true, they forgive, and will even support you further.  As a leader, if you kindly accept criticism, so will the people that look up to you. 4. Appreciate Daily – as much as you can. This is another one that I’ve had to seriously work on. I always thought that if I handed out too many compliments people would stop working. Soooo not the case. Think about it…How do you feel when you’re criticized? How do YOU feel when you’re praised? People (just like kids) want to do more of what they’re praised for. I certainly don’t mean to be fake, but if you make it a habit to appreciate what people do right, you’ll be amazed at how receptive they, your staff and coworkers, are to make changes when you need them to. 5. Make gossip a fireable offense. Sound crazy? I heard this from Dave Ramsey at a conference. “You are every problem and every solution in your business,” he said. It hit me like a ton of bricks. What? Do you mean I don’t just have to deal with the gossip and negativity? This single statement means we as owners, managers, and leaders have the ability to choose. We choose the hire, we choose the expectations, we choose what to manage, and we choose what to make a priority. A LOT of responsibility? Yes. But with responsibility comes freedom. You’re in charge and you have the choice to choose. Dave Ramsay, and now all of my companies use his definition of gossip. “Gossip is negative talk without a proposed solution.” And you can get fired for it. We haven’t had to do it, nor do I hope it ever comes to that, but since simply discussing this with the staff, the changes have been amazing. What do you do to change negative energy? What makes your staff culture great? Let me know in the comments.

  • 8 Tips for Back to School

    School is starting up soon! There’s a long list of things you need to get ready. From all the supply shopping to your child’s first-day jitters it can be hard to keep track of everything you need to be prepared! Here are 8 tips to help get you ready for the back-to-school season. 1. Re-adjust your kids’ sleep schedule two weeks before school starts. This will help them to get back into the swing of things. The two weeks will help cause their sleep schedule to readjust in time for the school year. 2. Find a program or activity that your kid can do after school. Extracurriculars are a great way to keep your child involved. They also have another opportunity to make new friends! 3. Let your kids play a part in picking out supplies and clothes. Having them help pick out their pencils, binders, or clothes can make the back-to-school season more enjoyable! Need a cool backpack?? Check this one out! 4. Have your kid set some goals for the year. Setting goals will help keep your kids motivated going into the school year. For some helpful information on goal setting check out this excellent blog post here! 5. Have backup transportation. Nothing is worse than scrambling to find your kid a ride if the car breaks down, or they miss the bus. Make sure you have a backup plan so your kids are on time for some serious learning! 6. Set your clocks forward 10 minutes. It has worked time and time again! Tricking yourself into thinking that you are running late but you end up being on time! 7. Do something fun before the school year starts. This will help to ease the stress and get a last 00-rah in! 8. Get pumped! Get excited! The school year is starting! Your Ninja is ready to tackle another awesome year!

  • The NinjaZone Ninja Creed

    THE NINJA CREED An important staple of the NinjaZone curriculum is the Ninja Creed. Not only will your child be challenged physically in class, but they will also be challenged to practice what it means to embrace their best self. The Ninja Creed encourages responsibility, respect, manners, kindness, personal growth, impulse restraint, health in both mind and body, conflict resolution, and much more. The Creed is discussed at the beginning and end of each class, and ninjas are encouraged to take the lessons they learn in class and apply them to everyday life at home, school, and with friends.

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