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  • 3 Confidence Boosting Tips For Parents

    Here are 3 Tips to help build your Child’s Confidence at home. These 3 Tips are what we use in class to help build confidence in our students. (I have also used them at home with my own kids.)
    Pre-Frame- At the beginning of class we explain to the students what we are going to do in class on that day. It may go something like this. Hey everyone today we are going to do a quick warm up, work on form and then do Self-Defense if there is time we will play a game at the end of class. At home it may go something like this, Aidan, today we need to have breakfast, then brush your teeth and get ready for school. After school I will pick you up at the bus stop and bring you home. Then ....

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  • 5 Ways To Keep Your Child Motivated To Continue Their Martial Arts Training

    5 Ways To Keep Your Child Motivated To Continue Their Martial Arts Training!
    1 . Stay and watch class ! We know with busy schedule this is a hard thing to do. But when a child looks over at mom or dad during class and see’s how excited they are that they are working hard it makes a big difference! You don’t have to stay for every class but you do not want to be the parent that constantly drops and runs. 2. Don’t Complain about Bringing your child to class. Every child is going to have a night where they do not want to come to class, or they are taking their sweet old time getting ready to go. Don’t tell them come on we need to go I have to drop you off then go ....

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  • What do kids want in a coach?

    What do kids want in a coach?

    We asked kids in an online survey: "What should a coach care about most?" You might expect them to answer "to focus on winning." But "Put me in, coach!" is what most kids really want. In fact, the majority didn't think winning was all that important. Only 7% of girls said coaches should be most concerned with winning, while about 18% of boys said so. Here's what boys and girls value most in a coach: 64% said giving everyone a chance to play 27% said teaching new skills 9% said winning Striving for excellence is a great goal, but when coaches and parents apply too much pressure, kids can get overly worried or push themselves too hard physically, leading to injuries. Some ....

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  • I Want You To Focus!

    I Want You To Focus!

    is a skill we all begin to learn on day one of our martial arts classes. We quickly understand that having good focus will be super important to learning our forms, improving our techniques, and moving through belt ranks. Focus is the ability to concentrate without being distracted. Parents:
    When watching classes you will see the kids standing at attention, sitting with their hands still or kneeling with their hand on their knees. The goal is to put kids in a position when learning so they can't be distracted by other kids moving, using their arms, squiggling around or being restless. Once the body is focused we teach the children to keep their eyes on the instructor. One of ....

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  • How Parents Can Nurture Self-Esteem

    How Parents Can Nurture Self-Esteem

    Self-esteem develops over time.
    And if it's low, it can be raised. Here are things parents can do: Help your child learn to do things. At every age, there are new things for kids to learn. Martial Arts is one of the best sports you can enroll your child because they will be learning all the time while having fun. Learning basics, the proper way to exercise, traditional martial arts kata and self defense are all skills that increase competence. Competence increased confidence and self esteem. When coaching kids how to do things, show and help them at first. Then let them do what they can, even if they make mistakes. Be sure your child has lots of opportunities to learn, try, and feel ....

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  • Back to School Top Parenting Tips

    BACK TO SCHOOL TIME!!! This is, by far, the roughest time for parents. Our schedules change and it feels like we have no time. I have two in school myself. I know how it is! As your child goes back to school its increasingly important to remember why you put them into martial arts. To build discipline, faster focus and to help them become leaders. Its important to remember we are the solution to this challenging time. This is when you, as a parent, should be doubling down and really putting our martial art program to the ultimate use. Here are some ways we've seen parents successfully use our program to help their kids with this challenging transition back into school after summer ....

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  • 7 Ways to Help Your Child Deal With Peer Pressure

    7 Ways to Help Your Child Deal With Peer Pressure

    Saying "No" to friends can be hard. Here's how to make it easier. As kids get older, peer pressure can get in the way of how well they do in school. Why? By the time they turn seven, children start caring more and more about what other kids think of them — and less about what their parents or other adults think. Kids who want to get approval from their peers and become more popular will often take part in risky behavior like cheating in class, shoplifting, tagging, drugs, alcohol, and sex — all which can send them on a downward spiral and take them away from focusing on their education. Here are six other ways to help your child resist peer pressure and stay ....

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  • Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

    Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

    By Tracy Cutchlow My toddler struggled to buckle the straps on her high chair. “Almost,” she muttered as she tried again and again. “Almost,” I agreed, trying not to hover. When she got it, I exclaimed, “You did it! It was hard, but you kept trying, and you did it. I’m so proud of you.” The way I praised her effort took a little effort on my part. If I hadn’t known better, I might have just said, “Clever girl!” (Or even “Here, let me help you with that.”) What’s so bad about that? Stanford researcher Carol Dweck has been studying motivation and perseverance since the 1960s. And she found that ....

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  • Raising Confident Kids

    Raising Confident Kids

    It takes confidence to be a kid. Whether going to a new school or stepping up to bat for the first time, kids face a lot of uncharted territory. Naturally, parents want to instill a can-do attitude in their kids so that they'll bravely take on new challenges and, over time, believe in themselves. While each child is a little different, parents can follow some general guidelines to build kids' confidence. Self-confidence rises out of a sense of competence. In other words, kids develop confidence not because parents tell them they're great, but because of their achievements, big and small. Sure, it's good to hear encouraging words from mom and dad. But words of praise mean more ....

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