Are you an experienced Martial Arts practitioner who’s been considering involving your child in this discipline? Or have you spent the last three years ferrying your child to their Martial Arts classes and pondered the idea of joining them? You’ve likely become proficient in the terminology, the etiquette of bowing, and even the skill of tying a belt. However, have you ever felt that our busy schedules are excessively focused on our children’s activities, leaving limited room for family time?
Phrases such as ‘children’s activities,’ ‘mum’s relaxation time,’ or ‘dad’s night out’ often seem to prioritize ‘ME’ over ‘US,’ making it challenging to allocate quality family time and causing stress for parents. Remember, stressed parents can lead to stressed children, and this can adversely affect their confidence.
But here’s the crucial point—it’s not your fault. It’s how our society has conditioned us, with the media bombarding us with the latest parenting guidelines, playground boasts, and unrealistic expectations for children. We can break this cycle by raising our children to feel secure, valued, and an integral part of the family unit. When children feel this connection, they flourish, and there’s no need to push it.
It’s a confidence booster too
Much like adults, children need a sense of purpose and connection. Engaging in Martial Arts together can provide that common ground, boosting their confidence and strengthening your bond. They’ll not only learn physical and mental self-protection but also feel more secure knowing you can stand by their side.
Training with your children can have a remarkable impact on their self-esteem. In a world where many children and teenagers grapple with low self-esteem, it’s crucial to address the root of the problem—lack of connection. Invest your family time in activities that unite you, rather than enrolling your child in numerous extracurricular activities aimed at preparing them for adulthood.
Consider whether you’d enjoy joining your child in their activities. The same applies to Martial Arts schools; look for ones that cater to both adults and children. This way, your child won’t simply outgrow it after a few years. They’ll cultivate discipline, confidence, and a lifelong bond, all while spending quality time with you.
What do the studies tell us?
Studies show that a child’s confidence is closely linked to their parents. Beyond developing essential self-protection skills, training with your children encourages healthy habits and fosters family growth. Here’s how parents who practice Martial Arts can raise more confident children:
Establish Common Ground and Strengthen Family Bonds: Making time for family can be challenging, but planning training sessions together not only keeps you accountable but also provides built-in family time. Encourage and motivate each other on your fitness journeys, and you’ll find more to discuss at the dinner table.
Mutual Motivation and Goal Setting: Martial Arts involves setting goals, whether related to grading, technique, or mental mastery. When you and your child pursue these goals together, you not only support them but also become role models for goal setting. This shared experience creates a stronger bond and lasting memories for the entire family.
In conclusion, practising Martial Arts as a family can be a powerful way to nurture confidence, connection, and shared experiences. It allows you to prioritize ‘US’ over ‘ME’ and create lasting bonds that benefit both parents and children alike.