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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.

Self Esteem - 9 ways to build your child's self esteem

Posted: August 03, 2017

 Self-Esteem “The Joy of Being Myself!”  There should always be joy in being exactly who we are and not wanting to be a carbon copy of another person.  However easy that is to say it isn’t so easy to do.  Children have so much pressure to conform to what society deems popular at the moment.  Most of the time it is a negative peer pressure that our children deal with, pressure to quit positive things, be rebellious, and even look like a thug; the list goes on as the child gets older.  What can we do if we have younger children to give them the self-esteem to combat negative peer pressure?  Below I list 9 different ways that you can reinforce a positive self-esteem by using martial arts training.

9 ways to build your child’s self-esteem with martial arts training.

Martial Arts is about Education not Recreation

Posted: August 03, 2017

Martial art is about education not recreation! It is not just a sport, or a game or an activity to fill up some time, but an established (5000+ years old) system that teaches life skills.  Many times we look at the martial arts as recreation and something that we can quit if it gets too hard.  What are we teaching our children?    It’s easy to do thing right, or do things in general if it is fun, or not challenging but where integrity will kick in is when it gets a little tough or when it becomes work.   As adults, we are responsible for our lifestyle choices and in many cases, our children’s lifestyle. Whether or not our children get enough exercise and eat healthy foods has a lot to do with the example we set for them and the choices we provide them with. According to recent studies, the percentage of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 years! However, do not blame the kids. Keith Ayoob, an associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine says, "I never see a child who has better eating habits than his parents." Children eat the foods that are served to them or what is easily available at school or home. Family rules and routines can compromise exercise and eating habits. An adult can exercise any time they like, but an eight-year-old more than likely requires supervision. Children have obstacles to overcome when it comes to lifestyle choices.

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