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Warning signs your child may be a target of bullies.

Posted: August 08, 2017

Warning Signs your child may be a target of bullies.

• Your child comes home missing things or his property has been damaged • Has injuries he can’t or doesn’t want to explain. • Has not interaction with other kids after school.


Back to school Tips for Parents

Posted: August 07, 2017

Back to School Tips for Parents

Summertime is coming to an end, and with that comes all of the back to school anxiety and jitters that are common amongst children. Your child may experience common physical effects of anxiety associated with back to school time including symptoms from stomachaches to sleeping problems. They will also experience emotional stress from the fear of making new friends, meeting new teachers, fears of being bullied, pressure of making good grades, and worries of being unpopular. With that said, it important for parents to first remember that these physical and emotional feelings are very common, and even the most well-adjusted kids are bound to feel some sort of pressure when they return to school.

The question becomes: what can parents do to help their children cope with the physical and emotional stresses associated with the back to school season? In this article, I will provide you with some tips that I’ve shared with parents in the past that have deemed to be very helpful.


Haters are going to Hate

Posted: August 03, 2017

Haters are going to hate

 

I love my teenagers.  I mean seriously, they are some of the best people I know.  But every so often I hear, "Mrs. Rueckert, this person said...." fill in the blanks. Now first instinct is to be shocked, or to pat them on the back.  Or better yet try to deflect their hurt feelings but instead I tell them something that inspires me.  I thought of all the inspirational things I should say like, “ seize the day, follow your heart”, but we have heard these things over and over again, you can buy a poster with these sayings on it.  I decided to be more real with them.  So Here is my little piece of wisdom.  As you grow up you will find more frequently than not, “Haters are gonna hate” so don’t allow yourself to be affected by haters and don’t become a hater.  Ok there it is my nugget of wisdom.  On the surface it seems rather shallow and meaningless advice, until you realize what haters really mean.  Haters is an acronym for Having anger towards everyone reaching success.


The Freedom to Fail

Posted: August 03, 2017

Freedom To Fail

 

The teacher was blunt, her words cruel. “He has too many learning disabilities. It’s a waste of time for him to even attend school here.” Later, Ralph Showers overheard his Grandmother soothing his parents with this great declaration. “I don’t know what people think of Ralph. But I know what God thinks of him. He’s okay.” The young man struggled through high school and college, and finally persevered his way through Seminary. Others labeled him a failure, but, undaunted, he began to build his dream – a ranch for the mentally handicapped. While working on its construction, he made an almost fatal mistake by backing into wires carrying over seven thousand volts of electricity. God saved his life, but both arms were lost to gangrene. His Grandmother’s words rang in his mind, and her belief in him gave him the courage to keep going. Despite great odds, he continued building that ranch, and today he has three ranches for the mentally handicapped in northern Arizona. Delegates from around the world come to him for advice in starting ranches like his. You might say of him what Thomas Edison, another famous person familiar with failure, used to say to himself: “He failed his way to success.”


Appreciation - the holy grail

Posted: August 03, 2017

.  Everyone likes to feel appreciated. Whether it is a simple thank you for an act of kindness or a prestigious award for service to the community, the acknowledgement for a job well done motivates us to continue doing these good things.  Our children like to feel appreciated also, this can easily become a part of our daily routine by simply “planning” to take time out each day to just appreciate those we love.

We should remember how being appreciated makes us feel when dealing with our children. Sometimes we are so quick to point out what a child failed to do that we fail to acknowledge the good or expected things they do. The more we express our appreciation of the good things our children do, the more we motivate them to continue with this good behavior.

Showing your appreciation can help you build healthy relationships with your children. This can be especially true with teenagers. In this rebellious stage, hearing only about how their room is not clean or their grades are not good enough instead of what a great job they did looking after their younger siblings or performing in the school concert can shut teenagers off completely from their parents.


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