The Little Gym is the premier family health and fitness facility in New York City. Conveniently located on the Upper East Side, the kids gym offers play spaces and kids classes perfect not only for engaging your child in sports and physical activities but also for helping to grow his or her personal development and social skills. The gym’s curriculum includes a variety of family-friendly activities, with popular courses including kids cheerleading, kids gymnastics, and karate classes. The gym is also available for kids birthday parties and hosts kids camps during school break periods.
One frequently overlooked benefit of enrolling your child in athletic activities is the personal skills your child will develop from engaging in organized sports. Such positive social development skills include the 5 C’s: courage, confidence, coordination, character, and conflict resolution.
Sports push a child’s physical and emotional boundaries. Courage is a trait which children first develop when encountering new challenges. Sports, therefore, create a safe environment for children to encounter new challenges which can help develop their sense of courage.
Confidence and high self-esteem are key for a child’s success at developing interpersonal relationships and succeeding in the transition from preschool to kindergarten. A great way to build confidence is through participating in sports, where children have the opportunity to not only develop their physical skills but also practice socializing with their peers and team work.
Participating in sports regularly helps to reaffirm and accelerate a child’s development of coordination skills as children are exposed to physical activity and mental-physical responses which they otherwise may not engage in as frequently.
Participating in sports requires following rules, cooperating with team mates, and working for a common goal. All of these reinforce positive character traits for your child to learn.
Athletics are a great opportunity for children to learn healthy conflict resolution skills. From the problem solving logistics involved in participating in sports to exposing your child to small doses of disappointment when he or she is on the losing team, sports provide a great extracurricular environment for introducing a child to conflicts and healthy, positive ways to work through them.
Offering a variety of courses and sports packages, The Little Gym of the Upper East Side is a great spot for children to increase their athletic abilities while participating in a fun group environment. For more information about their classes and to register, contact the kids gym at (212) 787-1124.