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 to what your child is doing before class time. If they’re deeply engrossed in play, gently transition them to a less enticing task about 10 to 15 minutes before it’s time to leave for class.

2. The Power of Written Word: Sit down for a few minutes with your child in the next week and have them write down their summer karate goals, along with the specific, actionable steps that the goals will require. Earn their next belt? Learn a new kata? Be able to do 50 pushups without stopping? Whatever the goal, be their biggest cheerleader and motivator!

3. Check Your Vibe: Your mood sets the tone. Stay upbeat as you prepare your child for class. Your energy will rub off on them!

4. Focus on the Positive: After class, emphasize the things your child did right rather than dwelling on mistakes. Remember, kids usually quit on the drive home. Positive reinforcement goes a long way!

5. Team Up with Instructors: Communication is key! Let your child’s instructors know about any motivational struggles. Together we can support your child’s journey. A letter home from their favorite instructor can go a long way!

6. Reward Progress: Encourage positive behavior by setting attainable goals. Promise a fun reward, like ice cream, extra pool time, or a special treat for attending a certain number of classes with the right attitude.

These tips may seem simple, but they’re often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Remember, parenting with intentionality and attentiveness can make all the difference! 

See you on the mat!

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