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The Little Gym: No Indoor Voices Allowed

The Little Gym August 2017
Programs at The Little Gym of Pearland provide children with so much more than an outlet for burning energy. Research shows that encouraging purposeful, repetitive, active play in young children provides a wealth of physical, developmental, and cognitive benefits and may be the key to fostering confident, successful kids.

For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, our classes help to establish healthy, active habits, and foster important social skills like listening and cooperation. For older children, our classes complement and enhance the traditional school experience by building confidence, managing anxiety, and increase self-esteem and cognitive skills.

At The Little Gym of Pearland, we believe that kids should be able to act like kids. And we also believe fun environment are especially conducive to the kind of learning that prepares kids for life’s adventures. That’s why we encourage every child in our programs to giggle, shout, and holler to their hearts’ content. After all, when kids join in on the hoopla, they’re more excited to engage in the world around them.

Provided by: Kevin Berry of The Little Gym of Pearland

Not enrolled yet? It’s not too late to jump in and join the fun! Visit www.tlgpearlandtx.com to check out our schedule then contact a team member to secure your child’s spot. Enroll for Season 2017-18 and get FREE open gym every week- starts August 20! There’s also 2 weeks left of Summer Camps, call (713) 340-0042 to squeeze in a few more days!

Think your child is wonderful? Join the Club! WonderKids Club is an enrichment program for preschool-ages children, 3-5 yrs. Instructor-lead immersive play, arts & crafts, story time- even LEGOs! Combine with a gymnastics and/or Sports Prep class for even more fun! Join us for a FREE preview, Mon Aug 21 11:30-1:30. Call (713) 340-0042 to save your spot, and remember to bring a sack lunch!

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Summer Safety Tips from The Little Gym

The Little Gym summer safety

Grab your swim suit, but don’t forget the sun screen! Fire up the grill, but be careful of the hot coals! Hop into the pool, but make sure you have all necessary flotational devices! While summer is a time for relaxation and fun, it’s important to make sure all of you take all of the necessary precautions to ensure your kids are safe. Check out our top 4 summer safety tips to avoid any seasonal mishaps.

  1. H20 – Be alert (and we mean ALERT) when your child is in or around water. Children should never be around any water unsupervised, that includes a water table. For young children, a good rule of thumb is to ensure your child is within arm’s length while in or around water.
  2. Don’t skimp on the sunscreen – Reapply sunscreen often, and lay it on thick! Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours and even more often if kids are swimming, sweating, or around water. For little ones under 6 months and young it’s best to keep them in a shady area (or have them wear one of those extra-large hats).
  3. Car safety – it goes without saying, children should never be left in a vehicle unattended during the summer months. Due to rising temperatures, cars can get as hot as 115 degrees or even higher. Make sure children know not to play in or around cars during the summer months. Also – be careful of those pesky car seat buckles – they get hot and can potentially burn your child.
  4. Helmets on – if you plan on hitting the bikes this summer, make sure your child is always wearing a helmet. Bicycle helmets should be worn snug and should be replaced every three to five years. Helmets on – if you plan on hitting the bikes this summer, make sure your child is always wearing a helmet. Bicycle helmets should be worn snug and should be replaced every three to five years.

Don’t let summer be a drag! With these summer safety tips, you’re sure to have the best summer yet.

Thanks to Kevin Berry of The Little Gym of Pearland for providing this blog post.
http://www.tlgpearlandtx.com

 


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Father of Three Starts Honey Farm Bringing Extra Sweetness to his Family

Have you ever wanted to just try something new and different and unique, but never did because you were scared or doubtful?  It’s tough to jump out on a limb and take on a new activity, career or adventure.  Tough or not, Tod Tracy, went for it.  This married father of 3 jumped out on that limb AND took his family with him for the ride!

Tod, his wife, Teah, and their 3 children (along with some dogs and chickens and now, bees, of course) live on a bit of land about an hour south of Houston, TX.  Teah had already left her previous career as a teacher to become a successful Young Living Essential Oils Distributor, working from anywhere and enjoying a less traditional and super interesting line of work.  And it seems that the unconventional bug bit Tod, too.  He began researching honey bees and became fascinated with them.  This busy family man who holds down a full-time job, not only decided to reach out to a local bee club for more information, but also to multiple local bee farmers, one of which he actually helped with his bees voluntarily on his days off.  “That’s when I knew that this is what I wanted to do, especially when I saw you could make a living at it,” Tod said.

So, sure enough, Tod and Teah got their honey farm up and running not long after, and their lives are forever changed.  Just like any sort of farming, there is a lot of maintenance involved in having a honey farm.  “There is more maintenance required with the equipment than the actual bees” Tod explains.  Wondering if he gets stung often?  He says it happens.  Maybe not as much as you think.  But he also chooses not to wear a bee suit, so that increases the odds of a sting, of course.  And, how is the new business affecting the entire family?  Tod tells us, “My kids are exposed to real, hard, hands-on work.”  Their 3 kiddos also get to go with dad on some deliveries, allowing them to witness the business side of everything.  “They learn and see me interact with others in business and that you get paid for a product.  It’s teaching them lessons on the value of a dollar.”  But all of the fun and cool lessons don’t come without sacrifice, of course.  There are some days where they have to put playtime on hold and give extra attention to the bees and the farm.  “Although that may seem like a negative to them now, I believe it is really teaching them very valuable, lifelong lessons.”  Plus, the Tracy kids think the bees are pretty darn cool.

Tod and his daughter, Taytum.

Teah and the kids helping dad work bees.


Tod shared a few good things everyone should know about bees and honey, because the entire thing is really quite crucial to our existence.  “Bees only make honey one time per year in any given area.  Also, most honey you buy is not 100% honey.  It only has to have a small amount of real honey in it to be able to label it honey.  Many honeys out there have additives in them, which ends up making something that is naturally healthy, unhealthy.  The best way to know if the honey you’re buying is pure is to ask the farmer.”

Overall, the entire Tracy Family truly enjoy their new lives as beekeeper and beekeeper assistants.  There’s a plethora of bee jokes and puns in their home nowadays, including the phrase printed on their bottle labels that says, “Bee Blessed”.  Cute, appropriate and oh-so-sweet.  😉

Tod and Teah are especially thankful to be able to provide for their children doing things lead by their hearts, all while exposing them to the beauty of nature and the reality of a family business.  It takes desire, passion, courage and faith to make a change in your life and start a new journey.  And it seems that Tod has done just that with really positive, inspiring results.

Tod and Teah Tracy selling Tracy Honey Farm honey at a local market.

Kind Kiddo is honored to have been able to feature this bee-autiful family.  Please follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TracyHoneyFarms.