The Social and Emotional Stages of Development for 5 & 6 Year Olds

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss “Check this out!” Stepping onto the mats at the start of Basic SKILLZ class one recent evening, I was met with an excited group of 5-6 year olds, ready to demonstrate their latest and…

Physical and Intellectual Stages of Development for 5 & 6 Year Olds

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss “Going, going, going… ALL. DAY. LONG!” Oh the years of 5-6! Abounding energy at a level that could power New York City, as my husband and I often joke about our youngest, is flowing…

The Social & Emotional Stages of Development for 3-4 Year Olds

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss “Wait! I have to tell my mommy something!” If you enjoy watching our youngest Ninjas in action during Early SKILLZ class enjoyment, then you know all too well how much these littles absolutely love…

3 Ways Martial Arts Can Help With Back to School Anxiety

Greetings, BMA Parents! It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the end of school with our students, and in the blink of an eye, it’s already time for our students to re-enter the classroom. As some of our students head back to familiar school buildings, friends and teachers, other students may be surrounded by…

Punishment vs. Discipline

Greetings Parents! Today we want to talk about a tool for correcting improper behavior when children make bad decisions. Often times parents, coaches, teachers and adults define punishment and discipline as the one in the same. The first way to engineer a change in a child’s behavior will start with having the proper definition and…

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Why Your Teenager Needs a Mentor

Greetings BMA Parents! Have you ever noticed your teen’s decision-making patterns change? Or witnessed them make a poor decision that seemed totally out of character? Science has proven that during this phase in their life the brain is rapidly growing which equates to more processing power. The downside is that many decisions are routed to…

Why Coaching from the Sidelines is Harmful for Your Child’s Development

As parents, we want what’s best for our children, and we also want our children to give it their best when they participate in extra-curricular sports and activities. The problem is, we sometimes get caught up in our desire to see our children perform well and we speak up at the wrong times. With that said,…