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  • Technology: the Cigarette of Our Children’s Generation. 
    May 25, 2024 | Parenting
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER When Michelle Obama likened handing our kids a phone to giving them cigarettes, I died a little parental death.  I was listening to a Jay Shetty podcast featuring the former First Lady, as she discussed how we had no idea how overloaded our kids’ brains are from constant technology and […]
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  • Is Creating a Work-Life Balance Impossible For Parents?
    May 9, 2024 | Parenting
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER Mothers’ Day is just around the corner, and whilst the platitudes of being superwoman and all that are nice, I’m feeling a little jaded. Those few hours of being pampered seem like the shortest of respites in a long parenting marathon. And it’s not just my children that are […]
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  • MyFirstGym kids are confident kids.
    March 28, 2024 | Parenting
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER It’s true: MyFirstGym kids are confident kids. It’s like our coaches sprinkle some kind of sparkly-blue fairy dust on them as they walk into each class. But they don’t. Sorry to say: you can’t build self-esteem nor develop confidence with magic or a spell. If there was such a […]
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  • Connecting the ‘umms’ and ‘aahs’: The Art of Conversing With Your Kids.
    February 29, 2024 | Parenting
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER I found myself deep in conversation with some school mums the other day on a topic which,  ironically, revolved around conversation. We had been comparing notes on how the school year had begun for each of our children. Apart from the superficial topics like which teachers, friendships and tuckshop items […]
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  • 7 Alternatives to Throwing a Kids’ Birthday Party at Home.
    February 5, 2024 | Kids Fun
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER   What’s Worse: Labour Pains or Children Birthday Parties? Throwing a birthday party at home for your child is a lot like giving birth. There’s lots of lead up time and preparation, the event is eye-wateringly painful and completely exhausting with a rush of complete joy once it’s over. […]
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  • Parenting AND Keeping Up With the Jones’s
    January 1, 2024 | Parenting
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER As the dust settles and the long second half of the school holidays stretches out into January, I find myself questioning whether I’m doing it all wrong. In the effort to keep up with the Jones’s and the idea of a perfect summer holiday, I often feel exhausted (and […]
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  • Hardwiring health into your children.
    November 30, 2023 | Parenting
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER We put our Christmas tree up this week in a tradition that involves me sweating buckets as I dust off and drag out boxes of decorations from the garage. Frankly, it feels pretty weird. For this Seattle USA born and bred girl, watching Santa turn up in boardshorts on […]
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  • The Key to Our Children’s Health and Wellbeing: Confidence
    October 30, 2023 | Parenting
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER Building confidence in our children was so easy at first, wasn’t it? When they’re babies and toddlers, we can dish out smiles and praise for anything from holding a fork to waving hello. But as they develop and begin to interact with others (not just doting parents) that self-esteem […]
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