Does your child LOVE school?

Does your child LOVE school?

“Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become. “

                                       -  Margaret Thatcher


Our top mission at Syvlania Family Karate is helping parents raise amazing kids.  But how? 

The simple answer is just “copy” what other successful parents and children do.  One of the things we know all successful people have in common are the right “attitudes, habits and thinking”.

Of the three, the right thinking needs to come first.  Much like the food they eat, we must make sure our child’s mind is well fed with thoughts that enrich and nourish.  But just as eating too much junk food can make your child unhealthy, the wrong thoughts repeated over time will adversely affect their mind and ultimately the course of their life.

I know this is hard to hear but school starts very soon. So, we are going to do our best to help your child be prepared for when school starts. By saying these three words in every class.  For the next few weeks we’re going to have them repeat, “I love school!”  You will hear your child say these special words dozens of times over the next few weeks (you can help by repeating them too).  I think it is important to explain why.

We believe your words become your thoughts…….and there are two phrases you never ever want to let your child say.  We know that the kids that struggle repeat two destructive phrases:  “I can’t” (that is why we counter by saying “Try my best”) and “I hate school”. 

Just as we can copy what successful people do we can equally avoid what the unsuccessful do.  I cannot tell you the number of parents that bring struggling children to us to “fix”.  They are doing poorly in school, disrespectful, fighting with their parents, have few friends, are unmotivated, and many just don't care or understand their behavior.

I feel for the parents because not only is this a nightmare for them but they feel helpless and are searching for answers to turn it around.  If your child sounds like this I’d bet you hear this phrase already being repeated, “I hate school”.

You cannot say a negative word or think a negative thought at the same time as a positive word or positive thought.  Have you ever tried to smile yet be upset at the same time? This is exactly what I’m talking about. So to be proactive and keep those words from ever taking root in your child we will repeat “I love school” over and over until it sticks!

And it works, we often have those struggling children. When we first get them to say “I love school” they resist and try to avoid saying it.  The words just seem foreign to them after years of saying the opposite.  But gradually something magical begins to happen.  After about the fifth time when they know we are never going to give up on them they start saying those words “I love school”.  They don’t feel the words yet but it is coming out of their mouths.  More importantly their brains are hearing those words.  Then the next week they start say it a little louder.  Those words begin to come easier.   We know we have broken through when one day they say “I love school” and we smile at them and they smile back.

So Margaret Thatcher said “your thoughts become your words” but we believe it may be the other way around…. “your words become your thoughts”. 

So watch the words your child uses carefully.  We do!

Thanks for reading my blog and if we can help just one child then this is all worth it!!

Yours for Awesome and Amazing Kids,

Sensei Randy Kopke

Sylvania Family Karate


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