Your Child’s Enemy is Not What you Think it Is!
That is right! Your child’s enemy is not what you think it is. It is the same enemy many adults face every day.
The enemy of your child is the lack of discipline. It is the exact same thing for adults; a lack of discipline has many negative consequences of which some are known immediately and others take years to uncover.
Psychologist have long understood that making progress is one of the most important features in an individual’s satisfaction and well-being. Humans have a deep need to be progressively moving forward toward goals and accomplishments. When this basic human need is suppressed, it creates a lack of fulfilment and happiness in one’s life. Often time, resulting in depression and anxiety.
Discipline is one of the key components to achieving happiness in one’s life. There is less progress in life without discipline.
Many parents use discipline as a form of punishment instead of recognizing it as an outcome. When a child attaches negative feelings toward discipline, they will move away from it. On the other hand, when a child attaches positive feelings toward discipline, they will run towards it. Children who are trained to run towards discipline will become adults who embrace discipline and live a more fulfilling and happy life.
One of the reasons Quest Martial Arts Academy works so well for children is our system is intentionally designed to teach and reward discipline behaviors at the academy, at school, and at home.
The Quest Instructor team utilizes a recognition and reward system to support, guide, and encourage our students toward black belt. Each small step is additional validation that a child is doing a great job and moving towards the end goal. These rewards create a feeling of excitement and accomplishment.
Form the achievement of stripes which is confirmation and validation that the lessons from Quest are being used at home, school, and social life, to the belt graduation ceremony, these are all part of our intentionally designed system to recognize and reward our students for good behavior and discipline.
At each level of accomplishment, the student’s belief system is being built and his/her level of discipline grows stronger. This feeling of accomplishment positively contributes to a child’s overall self-esteem. When one’s self-esteem tank is fill, life is easier for a child enabling them to stand up to unhealthy peer pressure or bullying when not in the presence of their parents. Isn’t that what every parent wants; for a child to become independent?
As a parent, you can utilize this same approach at home by creating a reward system for your child. Make sure the rewards are tied to acts of discipline which will have a positive affect on your child’s future life. For example, completing homework, reading personal development books, helping with household responsibilities, communicating feelings and emotions, being kind and as well as respectful. These are healthy habits which all require discipline.