Recent studies show children of divorce are not as tough as we once thought from the impact of divorce. Their loss of self-confidence is just one of the ways children are affected. This frequently results from the child’s belief they caused the divorce.
The child mistakenly believes they did something wrong. Author Matt Radford provides us with one solution to the parents of children suffering with a loss of self-confidence.
Aid Your Child’s Personal and Physical Development With Martial Arts
Improve Your Child’s Self-Confidence
One of the main advantages of enrolling your child into a martial arts class is you can help improve their self-confidence. By learning a new set of skills and improving upon them, children can build their self-esteem, develop self-respect, earn a sense of pride in their accomplishments and become more assertive as they grow older. Martial arts can also help your child improve their coordination which will be helpful if your child also participates in other sports.
A Great Way To Make New Friends
Meeting new people and making new friends is an important part of growing up. It helps us to create our own identity, relate to others and to establish social skills needed for adulthood. Children will normally feel much more encouraged to participate in sports after school or during the weekends or summer holidays if they are able to spend time with friends. They will also feel more motivated to continue attending martial arts classes if they’re participating with children they know.
An Essential Digital Detox
Today, millions of children and teenagers are spending far too much time glued to their technological devices from smart phones, games consoles and laptops to iPads and PCs. We live in an increasingly virtual world, where so much of our day-to-day social interaction is entirely digital and absence of real face-to-face contact. By enrolling into a martial arts class, children can escape this virtual dimension and experience the real world.
Help Your Child Lead A Healthier Lifestyle
Many children and teenagers can become heavily involved in online discussions on social networking sites and forums which can put them at risk of becoming victims of cyber bullying if they are targeted by internet trolls. You should always report cyber bullying (in recent years, sites like YouTube and Facebook have made it easier for people to ‘flag’ inappropriate or derogatory comments), although giving your child less exposure to this online environment is important too.
Keep Your Child Fit And Healthy
The previous point brings us to another very important topic: obesity rates in the UK and US are among the highest in the world and are continuing to rise. To make sure today’s children are healthy, future adults they need to get out and exercise, stay fit and be proactive.
Martial Arts Will Help Your Child Get Out Of The House More
Being stuck indoors and isolated from the outside world is detrimental to your child’s psychological development. It will also be bad for their health, as there are relatively few opportunities to exercise and use energy in an indoor residential environment.
If you have a martial arts class that is within walking distance of your home or school, consider walking to and from the class with your child, or find another adult family member or friend who may be able to.
Martial Arts Can Also Aid Your Child’s Educational Development
The respect and discipline children learn while performing martial arts can be transferred to academic tasks as well, which can enable them to become more mentally focused and potentially achieve higher grades in assignments and tests.