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  • How Martial Arts Boosts Your Kid’s Confidence

    “ How Martial Arts Boosts Your Kid’s Confidence” Martial Arts is an invaluable tool that will assist in building your child’s confidence and overall development. There are physical aspects, such as self-defense and exercise that are undoubtedly benefical, the benfits of our program extends far beyond the physical aspect. Here is a detailed look: 1) Cultivating Discipline and Focus: Martial Arts instills discipline and focus in children from a young age. Through training, they will learn the importance of following instructions, respecting others, and maintaining self-control. By embracing martial arts principles, children develop concentration and ....

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  • 7 Skills for Teaching Your Child to Stand-Up to Bullies Does your child know how to handle a bully?

    The recent media attention on the epidemic of youth bullying in the United States brings to public awareness what most parents and school professionals know and live on a daily basis: kids can be brutal. Celebrities and professionals have boldly weighed in, in front of the cameras, saying, "This has to end!" And they are right. The question is, how will we end it? While school policies focus on zero-tolerance and criminal penalties are wielded for some of the most egregious bullies, others know what coaches have been saying for years: the best offense is a good defense. Am I advocating revenge? Do I think the world is going to be changed by bullied kids uniting in retaliation against ....

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  • 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 kids may even ....

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    From Grown and Flown - parenting never ends. Quitting. We quit jobs, we quit marriages, we walk out on friendships and sometimes we let people down when the going gets tough. Sometimes it is necessary, even the right thing to do. Our kids quit teams and music lessons, art classes and after school programs. Sometimes it’s necessary, but sometimes they are bored or don’t like the coach or would just rather play video games at home. Deciding when to let your kids quit something, be it Gymboree, Little League or SAT prep, is a question that never goes away. My kids have tried it all. I have driven them to sports, found drum teachers, glass blowing lessons, ....

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  • 10 Great Self-Defense Tips

    The BEST self-defense is Awareness Never ignore a "bad feeling"!! Police statistics show that in 90% of attacks the victim "felt something was wrong" BEFORE anything happened but ignored their gut instincts. If you pay attention to your environment and can escape, you won't have to fight.
    1. Look where you're going.
    Check out the gas station, ATM, 7-Eleven etc. before you pull up/go in so you don't become part of a stickup in progress. 2. Wake up.
    Turn off your iPod/iPhone etc. when out in public. Don't jog with earphones. 3. Maintain a Personal Comfort Zone.
    No stranger or hostile relation is allowed to get closer than 5 feet to you without vetting ....

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  • Raising Fit Kids

    This is a great article I am sharing from WebMD
    If your child is overweight, chances are you want to help him get healthy. But sometimes that means ignoring popular diet advice. Often, what works for adults may not be best for kids. “Children have their own set of nutritional needs for healthy growth and development,” says Tamara Melton, a dietitian, and instructor at Georgia State University. The best way to help a child lose weight? Work with his pediatrician to make sure that he slims down in a safe way. But you can also think about these simple steps to help your child -- and the whole family -- live a healthier, fitter lifestyle. 1. Find the right weight ....

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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. ....

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  • 5 Simple Self-Defense Tips

    Practice safety during holiday shopping. Howard Mallen Holiday shopping can frazzle the brain. Shoppers are trying to remember gift lists while simultaneously calculating whether it's better to use a coupon or sign up for an in-store credit card. Personal safety at the mall and in the parking lot is the last thing on most people's minds, but it should truly be top of mind. Poorly lit parking garages, arms full of packages, keys buried in the bottom of overflowing purses, and other factors can make shoppers particularly easy targets for predators. To help you stay safe this holiday shopping season, consider the following list of personal safety tips. 1. Stay aware of ....

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  • Raising An Athlete

    When I was a young teen, I trained in martial arts. As an older teen, I lived, dreamed, and thought about Karate all the time. All the cool kids in high school were martial artists. I didn’t originally choose martial arts, but my parents did. They worked crazy hours and it was tough on them to get me to organized sports practices and games. They wanted me to be active so they enrolled me in Karate. When I wasn’t training at the dojo, I was teaching my friends in my basement/home. My parents encouraged me and supported my classes and training. As a result of being a martial arts athlete, I learned coordination, leadership, team spirit, physical strength, ....

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