Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Over-the-top or just in time? Super-hip “child-enrichment” programs like these are popping up everywhere.
Baby DJ School
You may think your babe is more likely to drop a paci than a hot beat, but parents in Brooklyn, New York, beg to differ. Kids who attend Baby DJ School mix beats using real DJ equipment and records. They even get to take their own record home because, well, drool happens.
$210 for seven classes; 3 months to 3 years; babydjschool.com
Pint-size athletes learn a modified version of the popular CrossFit workout (sans weights for the 5-and-under set) in select cities nationwide. If your tot can master the program, it might be time to buy that “My kid can do more squats than your kid” shirt we know you’ve always wanted.
Cost varies by location; 3 years and up; crossfitkids.com
Sushi 101 for Kids
Chopstick maestros don chef’s hats, learn the history of sushi making, and assemble their very own creations at participating Whole Foods Markets with a Genji Sushi bar. Grab your kiddo’s bamboo mat—it’s time to roll out!
Up to $15 per class with all proceeds going to the Whole Planet Foundation; ages 5 to 15; genjiweb.com/locations.
Image: Baby wearing headphones via Vesna Andjic/Getty Images.
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Friday, December 10th, 2010
Parents aren’t just worried about improving their children’s reading prowess, they’re also worried about improving their children’s athletic prowess. A recent NYTimes.com article revealed parents are involving their babies and toddlers (from 6 months to 2 1/2) in exercises that develop their coordination, motor skills, agility, core strength, health, and fitness.
Companies are now competing to offer exercise and sports DVDs aimed at young children that show jumping, kicking, and sports movements. Children-oriented gyms are also offering sports classes, particularly soccer, to improve children’s physical development. These sports DVDs and classes not only help kids combat childhood obesity at an early age, they can also give kids an advantage later when they play sports in schools.
However, some pediatricians and fitness experts are skeptical that enrolling toddlers in sports classes can speed up coordination or lead to careers as all-star athletes. Kids could actually strain muscles or fracture bones at an early age. Plus, other studies have shown that even if kids grow up to play more sports, they may not get enough exercise. According to Reuters.com, kids on sports teams can spend more time developing skills and strategies than playing the actual sport. Plus, as more physical education classes and recess are reduced in schools, sports classes are still not enough to provide well-balanced exercise and physical activity.
Still, maybe a little exercise is better than having no exercise at all, and starting at a younge age might develop better health habits. As a parent, would you enroll your toddler in a sports or gym class? Would you want your toddler to be the next big sports star? Share your comments below.
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