Benefits of Martial Arts Training For Kids

Written by Laura Saunders

Admit it. Whenrepparttar going gets tough at home, we’ve all ploppedrepparttar 150724 kids in front ofrepparttar 150725 television and breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, we can get started on dinner, maybe check email or sort that massive pile of laundry.

But when your five-year old yells at you “Mom, Kids Rule!” or your ten-year old horrifies you with language that would make a sailor blush, you realize there must be something amiss with what these “family programs” really teach our kids. And sadly, its happening all overrepparttar 150726 media today, from sports to cartoons, and our children are learning things that we, as parents, vowed we would never teach them. Old fashioned values like respect and self-discipline, seems to have been forgotten, replaced byrepparttar 150727 dreaded “bling bling” pop culture of today.

Justrepparttar 150728 thought of your angelic three-year old morphing into a designer-clad, smart-mouthed, money-worshipping, me-obsessed, lay-about is enough to make any parent consider that threatening military school brochure, but there is a solution out there to consider.

Martial Arts training.

From Ninja Turtles to The Karate Kid

You and your kids have all seenrepparttar 150729 flying kicks, battle cries and mighty chops of their favorite TV characters, as they beatrepparttar 150730 bad guys to submission – but, you may ask, how on earth can these acts of violence teach my child anything worthwhile?

First, know that what you see on television (save perhapsrepparttar 150731 Karate Kid) is a far cry from what real martial arts are all about. The fact is, martial arts training is based on non-violence.

Originating in Asia (mainly Japan, China and Korea, although Thailand and Vietnam have their own practices as well), martial arts range from a variety of types and styles, all of which are based on well-rounded, moral teachings. The beauty of learning martial arts is that it encompasses not justrepparttar 150732 physical aspect ofrepparttar 150733 “sport”, but mental and emotional lessons as well.

Comparing that to other kid’s activities and sports, where fierce competitiveness and “winning at all costs” seems to berepparttar 150734 order ofrepparttar 150735 day, it’s not surprising that many children grapple with issues of self-esteem and misplaced aggression.

Now imagine your child actually learning valuable life lessons, skills that he will take throughout life, layingrepparttar 150736 foundation for a happy, well-adjusted and fulfilled adult life. If only karate for kids was popular inrepparttar 150737 70’s, when I was growing up!

The Advantages

• Karate, and other martial arts for kids, builds confidence and self-esteem as well as self-discipline, respect, concentration and courtesy.

• Many martial arts schools also offer leadership courses for kids, in conjunction with their karate for kids programs, or similar lessons.

• Martial Arts is ideal for children who do not do well in team sports, giving themrepparttar 150738 ability to flourish this activity, while combining physical and mental practices.

• Many do not realize this, but it is a fact that martial arts training are safer than most school sports.

• Children with special needs, such as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), learning difficulties and hyperactivity are often recommended to participate in martial arts for kids because ofrepparttar 150739 clear benefits in its structured training techniques.

Kung-Fu Master or Ninja Warrior?

Before you sign up Junior forrepparttar 150740 first martial arts class you see, take some time to check outrepparttar 150741 different methods available, and match it with what you know would suit your child best. This is a good way to avoid any problems that may sprout from a conflict of your child’s personality andrepparttar 150742 training techniques.

Is your little Zach a sensitive soul? Then maybe a class that doesn’t center on sparring (full-on kicks and punches training) but rather, slower, defensive maneuvers would fare better for him. Kids with an aggressive streak, however, may preferrepparttar 150743 more forceful moves and thrive in competitive sparring.

Here’s a quick primer onrepparttar 150744 kid-friendly martial arts training you’re likely to find:

Martial Arts From Japan


Tantrums - Breaking the Cycle

Written by Ann Harth

Tantrums don't suddenly appear. They are learned. Controlling or eliminating tantrums is not complicated, but it is hard work. It will be easier if you keep one simple premise in mind:

Tantrums aren't personal. Toddlers and pre-school children don't throw tantrums because they want to be naughty. They don't scream and yell because they want to hurt you. Children throw tantrums because they work. It is your job to make tantrums fail. "Can I have a lollipop?"

This sentence hasrepparttar power to invoke a racing heart and sweating palms in many parents.

The answer is no. The child raises her voice. The answer is still no. The child drops torepparttar 150641 floor. The answer turns into a discussion andrepparttar 150642 child's voice increases in volume. The tears flow,repparttar 150643 shrieks begin and, after a few parental self-conscious glances at near by shoppers …repparttar 150644 answer becomes yes.

Sound familiar?

What makesrepparttar 150645 child inrepparttar 150646 next aisle accept 'no' with a shrug ofrepparttar 150647 shoulders or a nod? Why is your childrepparttar 150648 one who throw tantrums?

There is no easy answer to this question, but there are some patterns of thinking and practical methods that you can use to breakrepparttar 150649 cycle.

It is a simple, yet powerful fact. A child's behavior can be modified. Rewarding a behavior will increaserepparttar 150650 occurrence of that behavior. Ignoring it will decrease and often eliminaterepparttar 150651 behavior.

A child who throws tantrums gets this message: If I yell loud enough and long enough, I'll get what I want.

The message you want them to get is: It doesn't matter how long or hard I yell, I'm not going to get what I want.

The tantrums may be just developing. They may have been an unhappy part of family life for months or even years. Whateverrepparttar 150652 situation, if they're still happening, they're working.

So, how do you start?

* Commit yourself. When you decide to eliminate tantrums from your life, you are not fighting your child. You are in a battle forrepparttar 150653 good of your child. You will create a more peaceful home environment and closer relationships within your family. You will also teach your child self-discipline. This is a vital skill when dealing with society. Teachers, bosses and most friends will not crumble underrepparttar 150654 weight of your child's demands.

Tantrums won't disappear immediately. If your child is just beginning to learnrepparttar 150655 components of a truly inspired tantrum, you may not have far to go. A few unwavering sessions may be all that is needed. If, however, your child has been honing his tantrum technique for months or even years, success may take a little longer. Even so, with consistency and perseverance, it will work.

* Identifyrepparttar 150656 triggers. When do most tantrums occur? Are they sparked by bedtime? Meal times? When shopping? While you are onrepparttar 150657 phone? Make a list and be aware. Figure out ways to help your child succeed. If eating dinner is a problem, give her tiny portions. If too much TV is a problem, offer more interesting alternatives.

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