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Advice for Parents

Pushy Parenting? What Should You Do If Your Child Wants To Quit?

There will come a time when your child says, "I'm too tired to go to class today." This is a critical point in a child's training. This is when you help teach them about follow through, commitment and the never quit attitude". Don't be concerned about "pushing it on your child." This is hogwash. Children wouldn't go to school, brush their teeth or clean their room if you didn't "push it on them." There"s a big difference between helping a child follow through on a goal they agreed to and force-feeding something on a child.

When you begin the classes agree with your child on some short-term goals such as Yellow belt or blue belt with the understanding that there will be no quitting & no further discussion on the subject until the goal is achieved.( BY THEN THEY HAVE DEVELOPED A GREAT TRAINING HABIT! The real goal in the training should be Black Belt attitude, but until you've had a chance to really understand what it takes to earn a Black Belt, it's best to set a more reachable initial goal. Once you've determined that Black Belt is your goal, commit to it with full enthusiasm.

However, it's unrealistic to expect a child not to, at some point, rebel against the effort. This is natural and should not lead to quitting. Quitting can quickly become a bad habit. Facing these types of challenges is part of the training inherent in the Martial Arts and in every day life.

How Can You Motivate Your Child To Continue?

Staying with a goal without quitting is an integral skill that has to be instilled by the parent. This is the very foundation of goal setting and achievement. Quitting is the very foundation of under-performance and failure. The world is full of great starters. Teach your child that its the ability to set goals and see them through to their completion that's most important.

When you've been attending with your child and know exactly what's been happening in class, you can help re-motivate the child in to getting to class by reminding them of how much they enjoyed the last class and that they can look forward to seeing their friends in class.

"Further Shihan and Sensei are available at any time to motivate & encourage (one on one), so feel free to see him. ".

Remember, even our Black Belts wanted to quit at some time! That's right - but they didn't quit, that's why they are Black Belts!


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