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 the limbic system (emotional “snap decision”) portion of the brain. In most adults, decisions are instead ran through the prefrontal cortex, which is in charge of “rational decision making”.

Noting the above, you can now see that our teens are not always in the driver’s seat when it comes to their emotions or decision-making. Here’s the good news: It isn’t the end of the world and we have the training and experience to make this transition to adulthood easier!

Our Team here at Borges Martial Arts are a dedicated team of role models and with the science, psychology, and wealth of information the SKILLZ Programs provides, we understand these processes and have ways to help your teens become the best versions of themselves.

Communication is key, let us know if/when your teen starts making poor decisions. We will never replace you as parents but our role as mentors allows us the opportunity to help to guide them when faced with tough decisions.

We can help teach them to slow down and take a breath, and then think through the possible outcomes and consequences for each decision when faced with difficult situations. This will help re-teach or condition them to slow down and really think through their emotions.

Being a role model also gives us the unique position to sit down with them one-on-one in a safe, non-threatening environment to talk and possibly get to the root of “What’s on your mind?”

Our Extreme SKILLZ program also focuses on “VISION” or being able to see the bigger picture. We can also work lessons into our mat chats or drills that closely relate to challenges our students are currently facing!

As they say, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Your child’s instructors are dedicated to helping your child become the best version of his or herself and look forward to helping each student along his or her Martial Arts journey!


Rich, Katie & the Borges Martial Arts Team

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