Many families today are incredibly busy. In the rush to meet all the demands upon each family member from school, work, sports, arts and socializing – school sometimes gets crowded to the rear. One way to prevent that from happening is to develop a firm but flexible schedule – allowing sufficient time to meet each of the essentials.
Many students simply do not get enough sleep. Eight hours is actually the minimum number of hours a child should sleep each night. It is best to get more sleep. Adequate sleep is needed for each day to ensure optimal school performance. Poor nutrition and skipped meals lead to the same feelings of exhaustion and weakness that come from lack of sleep. Schedule in meals that include a good breakfast and minimal fast food. Make sure there are plenty of healthful snacks available for after school – like fruit, raw veggies, cheese and popcorn.
Help your children develop great focus and listening skills beginning at an early age. If your child struggles with staying focused, look for a program like martial arts training that emphasizes these life skills as a part of their educational foundation. Building great focus and concentration skills is one of the most powerful skills for improving and maintaining good grades in school.
Physical activity is a must to maintain a well balanced life style. Martial arts is a great way that a family can kick together and stick together. The bond created in the ATA will last a life time. “Many times, students lack the confidence and self esteem to succeed in the class room”; states Senior Master Thomas. As a Master Instructor Senior Master Thomas of Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts teaches the necessary life skills for both the youth and adults to succeed within the community.
Skipped homework can shipwreck an otherwise excellent grade average. Allow sufficient time for homework to be completed in a distraction–free atmosphere. Preferably the time should be after the student has had a chance to unwind from school yet still early enough to feel fresh and alert. Help your children learn the importance of discipline in every area of their lives. “Make a difference today and assist them with their future” says Senior Master Thomas.
Be certain he knows that many people struggle in that subject; it does not mean he is stupid. Praise each success as he progresses no matter how small. Offer help, or even tutoring if needed, but don't force help if your child prefers to work independently. Sometimes the goals that are met after a tough fight are the most enjoyable.
Take time every day to listen to your child. Be certain every conversation is not dominated by you. Let your child tell his experiences at school, with his teacher and with other students, then if problems arise, you have a better understanding of the circumstances that may have led up to them.
Keep goals reachable to avoid frustration and poor self–image. A positive and realistic praise is needed when a child does well.
Many children naturally want to do as well as their parents – or better! So, when you reminisce about your own school days, be certain to tell about your failures as well as your successes.
Changing Lives Martial Arts is now accepting new students through an evaluation process. To experience the difference at one of the four locations please contact us at 757-471-9002 and schedule the evaluation for your child.
Please feel free to ask what the Changing Lives Martial Arts Instructors can do for you.