How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Responsibility

With great power comes great responsibility.  Well said Spiderman.  Great leaders also have a strong sense of responsibility.  Being responsible is hard.  We all think being responsible is being a person that can be counted on to follow through on things.  While this is true, there is much more to it.   I feel most people are relatively good at doingContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Responsibility”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Focus

We live in a world filled with distractions.  Television, internet, cell phones, apps, games, tablets, and the list can go on and on.  When was the last time you just did one thing at a time?   As adults we are trained that being a multi-tasker is an essential skill.  However, we try to teach our kids that theyContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Focus”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Confidence

I don’t think anyone would be surprised to hear that developing a healthy self-confidence is crucial to one’s success.  In order to accomplish anything, you first have to believe that you can do it.  You can be scared, nervous, fearful, or anxious but you must have the overall belief in yourself that you can do it. SomeContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Confidence”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Character

When we talk about character, we are not referring to characters in a story.  We are talking about certain positive qualities in a person.  Character encompasses many things: respect, honor, honesty, integrity, and courage.  These qualities are all different but are also related.  Someone with strong character embodies all of these. Strong character leads to success in the longContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Character”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Attitude

A person’s attitude is how they look at life on a daily basis.  It is important to do our best to keep this attitude positive.  A positive attitude helps people cope with the daily stresses of life.  Constantly dwelling on the negative can also lead to mental health problems. We are not born with positive attitudes.  Children develop positiveContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Attitude”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Honesty

Honesty is the best policy.  But when you think about it, we all lie sometimes.  It is hard to tell the truth all the time.  The reason people lie is because telling the truth will cause someone to be angry or sad.  That someone could be a person we know, or it could be ourselves. Telling the truth regardlessContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Honesty”

Teaching Kids To Be Good Listeners

What did I just say?  Are you listening to me?  In one ear and out the other!  Sound familiar?  We’ve all heard this said to us and probably even said it ourselves. Listening is one of the most important skills needed to be successful in any endeavor.  We often take it for granted just how one becomes a good listener.  MostContinue reading “Teaching Kids To Be Good Listeners”

What Does it Mean to Do Your Best?

The only thing that matters is that you do your best.  The outcome is irrelevant as long as you tried as hard as you could.  We utter these phrases all the time, mostly to kids.  But what does doing your best really mean?  “Your best” is not a quantifiable unit of measure. Let’s consider take a look at someContinue reading “What Does it Mean to Do Your Best?”

Teach Your Kids to Be on Time

I have always been a stickler for punctuality.  The old saying “5 minutes early is on time, on time is late” never applied to me.  It was more like “5 minutes early is late; 15 minutes early is on time.”  Before I even started karate, if my mom was running late taking me somewhere, I would freak out.  IContinue reading “Teach Your Kids to Be on Time”

What Type of Learner is Your Child?

As a karate instructor for over 20 years, I have done extensive research on how people learn, specifically children.  It should come as no surprise that all kids learn differently.  Although each child has their own unique way of learning, there are generally three styles: aural, visual, and kinesthetic.  Kids can learn primarily from one style or aContinue reading “What Type of Learner is Your Child?”