3 Steps To Building Courage In Your Child
Martial Arts is truly a wonderful activity that can offer so much more than just kicking and punching. I find that I say that quite a bit, but its really true. In many ways!
One of those amazing things students can develop is Courage. Courage developed from martial arts training will be carried to all aspects of our lives.
As a parent I am always looking for ways to help my kids get better. Help them be a better and stronger member of society. So I did a little research.
I found 3 things that really stuck out in developing that courageous spirit not only in kids, but adults too.
1) Do Something Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Many times we do things we feel comfortable with. We are often afraid to do things that take us out of that comfort zone.
In a recent Facebook Live video I talked about the 6 year old white belt that is taking their first karate class.
Even the most energetic child gets that look on their face when they look out at the training area for the first time.
It’s like they are looking into the abyss.
They have all kinds of emotions all at once. Some kids will actually resist their parents and wont go out.
But, most of the time, with a little encouragement (check out #2) from mom and dad they get out there and try.
And after class is over, they are excited and want to share their experience with everyone (see #3).
And, the second time they come to class they feel a little bit better and more courageous.
2) Encourage Your Kids To Be Uncomfortable
Everyone needs reassurance.
Even us adults.
Encouragement from people we trust can help us do things we normally wouldn’t.
It takes us to new levels. Hey I am in my 40’s and I still look to my mom and dad for encouragement and reassurance. Its natural.
Let’s go back to that 6 year old for a minute.
They need encouragement to get out on the mats. As parents, we need to give them the encouragement and reassurance that everything will be ok.
And once we do, they will take that first step.
That one small step will lead them to developing that courage they need.
That one small step leads them to being stronger from the inside out.
That courage will help them all their lives.
Getting up in front of the class to give a presentation will be easier. Plus, it will help them have to courage to stand up to peer pressure and other dangers in their daily lives.
3) Have Conversations About Courage
What should you talk about? Here are a few ideas.
- Who is a courageous person?
- What does courage mean to them?
- What did they do today that made them courageous?
- What are acts that define courage?
- When they are excited about taking that 1st step, listen. Provide that feedback and positive reinforcement they are looking for.
The more you talk about it, the more they understand it, the more they embrace it.
Would love to hear your feedback. Reach out to me @ [email protected] with any questions or comments.
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