Mindful Tips for Getting Kids to Martial Arts Class This Summer

Hey Parents! In the warm summer months, getting your child off their bikes or out of the pool for martial arts class can sometimes be a challenge. But fear not! Check out some mindful strategies to help you navigate those moments when your little ninja needs an extra nudge. 1. Set the Stage: Pay attention…

The Hidden Benefits of Competing in Martial Arts Tournaments for Children and Adults

Have you ever considered enrolling your child or yourself in a martial arts tournament? Beyond the obvious thrill of competition, there’s a myriad of benefits that extend far beyond the mat. Here’s a deeper look at what’s really happening when children and adults step into the arena of competition. For the Young Competitors: When a…

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How Mirror Neurons Impact Learning

Learning is a big part of child development and how children learn things is dependent on a variety of factors. Much of the time, observational learning contributes to how children learn information and behaviors. This type of social learning can be greatly influential because of the role that mirror neurons play in learning. Providing children…

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The Motivator Molecule: Boosting Dopamine in Constructive Ways

“Enough with the screens!” Parents: Have you ever felt like saying this to your child or teen when they just wont seem to put the phone or the tablet down? (If you answered “Yes”, you’re not alone!) Nowadays it can feel like children are only interested in their video games, smart phones, and social media…

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School Readiness – What Teachers Really Look For

When we hear the term “school readiness,” the first thing most people think of is children knowing academic basics that will help them meet the demands of the classroom. And while these cognitive skills are important, teachers feel that skills in the other areas of child development are just as, or more important. Social, emotional,…

The Developing Mind: Understanding Your Child’s Behavior

One of the biggest struggles in parenting is understanding why perfectly sweet and smart children can, in an instant, turn into the most difficult beings ever faced. It’s often as if a switch was flipped and chaos has ensued. This typically results in parents becoming frustrated at their child and disciplining them in the heat…

The Mood Booster: Increasing Endorphins to Improve Learning

Children today are presented with varying types of stressors in almost every aspect of their lives. The infamous “bar” has been set so high that in order to achieve it, children are asked to forgo “fun” and work towards superiority in everything they do. And while goal setting is an essential skill for future success,…

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Situational Awareness – Increasing Children’s Observational Skills

Today’s world is busy; People are rushing here and there to get to work, school, the store, or the next activity. Even our “leisure” time is filled with busyness. And during all of it, we are distracted by our devices. This not only leads to us missing important moments in our lives, but it also…