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It’s not about the bed

Posted: December 26, 2017

Having a front row seat to some phenomenal parents over the past 20 years at Personal Best Karate has reinforced a lot to me. One of the most valuable items has been the concept of the routine. Students of all ages who grow and progress in our program often do so because they have made their martial arts training a way of life. They schedule the time to train on a regular basis, and although they have a choice to come any of six days a week, most adhere to their predetermined schedule. If their routine is Monday and Wednesday for their classroom training they stick to it. Because of this there is no energy wasted in thinking, “when will I train this week”, they “set it and forget it”

Simple acts of daily routines can also create positive life habits. Since the beginning of Personal Best Karate I have advocated the habit of making your bed in the morning. The reason is that it takes personal discipline to do so. I believe that self discipline is like a muscle in that the more you use it, the bigger and stronger it grows; conversely, the less you use it the weaker it becomes. In the long run, it is well worth the energy it takes to put your success habits and the success habits of your children on automatic pilot. You can start with simple tasks like making your bed then extend it to exercise, nutrition or whatever else you value. What you choose is up to you, it’s about being the very best you can be, it’s not about the bed.   

 


How do I know if my child is attracting bullying

Posted: December 26, 2017

How do I know if my child is attracting bullying?

By Master Christopher Rappold

It can be embarrassing and awkward to find out, but sometimes we can all be the source of what is bringing on our problems. To figure out whether this applies to you, communication is the key: communication with your child, communication with the teacher and communication with the other parents. It’s important that you keep informed. Ask your child questions beyond, “How was school?” Probe to see how they speak to others and how they react to situations. When they share something that happened in their day, follow up with specific questions that will reveal their behaviors and perceptions of events.


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