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  • Active Listeners Learn More

    Active Listeners Learn More

    I’m sure many of you know that a child that listens well is going to learn more than a child who doesn’t. That really goes for pretty much anyone. A student’s ability to actively listen has a major impact on building the communication skills needed to become a successful person in every aspect of their life. In our karate classes we try to get students to do certain things when they are listening to our instructors, specifically when they are being spoken to. Actively listening is a skill that takes effort and specific techniques. Helping your child learn these techniques is something that you can do with them at home, but it takes time and effort. So, what ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts and Adult Martial Arts Classes in Toledo!

    Check out our new website for Sylvania Family Karate!
    We proudly serve the Toledo, Sylvania, and Holland areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts,Matayoshi Kobudo and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Google+ Twitter ....

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  • Delaying Gratification = Good Discipline?

    Delaying Gratification = Good Discipline?

    I’m sure you have all heard about the “Stanford marshmallow experiment” where a child is given two choices, 1. They could have the marshmallow that is sitting in front of them right now, or 2. If they waited 15 minutes they would be able to have two marshmallows for waiting the extra time. This experiment showed that most students that waited were more successful based on SAT scores, educational attainment, BMI, etc. later in life over the ones that didn’t wait. It was a very interesting experiment, but it was somewhat flawed, in my opinion. So, while this may have shown some promise as to identifying that delaying gratification with some children can be helpful. ....

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  • Practicing Patience

    Practicing Patience

    Parents, I know we have all been there at some point in time. Your children manage to push your buttons and get you upset and then we have a loss of control and you get upset with your child. I remember a time when I asked my son (at the time he was about 14 or 15) to go take a shower as we were going to be leaving soon and needed him to get ready. He mumbled a response that I didn't hear clearly and then I asked him what he said, he replied "you heard me". Not exactly what I wanted to hear at that moment because we needed to get moving and my initial thought is he was challenging me. Well, I ended up getting upset with him and I went out to the kitchen where he was on one side of the ....

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  • Martial Arts Builds Character

    Martial Arts Builds Character

    I get many parents that wonder if martial arts might be a way to teach children how to be violent and hurt others. To be honest, this couldn't be further from the truth. However, you need to have the right mindset when trying to understand what martial arts is really for. If you ever watched the original Karate Kid movie, Mr. Miyagi had Daniel do chores and many other things that tested his character before really starting to train him. Years and years ago this is exactly how it was for students that wanted to learn martial arts. Mr. Miyagi wanted to know who Daniel was as a person. Was he going to use martial arts for the wrong reasons or was he going to use it to strengthen himself and ....

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  • May I have your ATTENTION please!

    May I have your ATTENTION please!

    What are most children doing when they misbehave? Get your attention! What do most parents do when a child is doing something they don’t like? You pay attention and many times discipline them for what they are doing. Nobody wants to have a child misbehave, but when they are looking for you to listen to them or to pay attention to them, misbehaving, almost 100% of the time, works for them. It may not be the best way of doing it, but they did what they were hoping for. You paid attention. In discussing ATTUNEMENT in this month’s PARENT SKILLZ, we can learn from our children. What they need, how they are changing, and what you can do to help them with their emotions, challenges ....

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  • Challenges and Fear, how to get your children past these

    Challenges and Fear, how to get your children past these

    Hello Parents, Growing up, children are bound to experience frustration, failure and difficulty. Many parents are very quick to protect their child from any upsets in fear that it will scar their self-esteem, but often it is all that rescuing that may be detrimental. Moments of difficulty and challenge actually help children flex and build resiliency and it is how they learn to overcome frustration and failure. Experiencing frustration can actually be a great starting point for children to learn how to problem solve and how to overcome anger, sadness and many other feelings. The key lies in actually supporting our children positively when they are faced with frustrations. One way to ....

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