NZ Parents: Interview with a NINJA Dad

  We put a lot of pressure on moms, as a culture. I feel like there’s a lack of credit given to dads sometimes. But as we know…Dads. Are. Awesome. NINJA DADS are aren’t necessarily a special breed, but let’s be honest. Their kids are NINJAs. Thus, by association, the dads are equally as special.…

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What is your WHY?!

I’m getting personal up in here, people.  We had a NINJA ZONE HQ team meeting a few weeks ago, during which we watched a video. Videos are fun, they help us learn, and many of us are visual, so we respond well to visual stimulation. However, as much as we’d love to watch Young Frankenstein…

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The Day I Quit Relying on Your Kid

Ok, time to get real. I love my kids.  That’s why I have decided to stop relying on yours.  Don’t get me wrong—I use the word “your” collectively. I’m talking to all of you. The kids of the single mom. The kids of the single dad. The big happy family. The kids with two moms…

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Refocusing Energy in Kids Through Sport

[social_warfare] Huh? What does that even mean? “Refocusing energy?” So, here’s the thing. Let’s say you’re a high-spirited kid. You are taken to a go-cart track, and told to “go have fun.” What do you think happens next? You’ll most likely hop into a go-cart without a helmet, without instructions, and without any concept of the possibility…

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Coaching Tips: How to Best Motivate Children

Coaching Tips:  How to Best  Motivate  Children[social_warfare] NINJA Trainers are special people. Special because they bring out a confidence in kids that really didn’t know they had. Pulling this ability out of kids is not an easy task, but Trainers make it look easy. Here are a few tips from NINJA HQ Trainers that will…

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How Are Kids Motivated? A Close Look at Encouraging Girls

[social_warfare] In the last installment of the Ninja Zone Blog, I talked a little about motivating boys. How they are encouraged deeply affects how they learn. But what about girls? How girls learn and are motivated vary drastically from boys. According to studies, what seems to be apparent in the learning styles of kids is that young…

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How Are Kids Motivated? A Close Look at Encouraging Boys

[social_warfare] What motivates you? Money? Happiness? Peace? Now think back to when you were a kid. For me, my parents found my currency early on: boredom. If I wasn’t cleaning my room like I had been asked, my mom would begin to take things away. First, she’d take away TV. Then radio. Then, if I…

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What I Hope for My Five Year Old Son

[social_warfare] It’s back to school season, and as a parent I’m faced with many challenges — what school to send my child to, what types of clothes to buy him, what types of food to feed him, and which activities to sign him up for. Of course, while these decisions seem as simple as making…

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Gymnastics and Parkour: Growing the Cognitive Development of Active Kids

[social_warfare] Cognitive learning and listening skills are key abilities that are built in most children, from a very young age. While it’s true that kids are all different, and you will never find two kids that are exactly alike, studies have shown that children involved in gymnastics or parkour share a common trait: their cognitive…

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Top 10 FREE Tools for Gym Owners

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