I was walking in the mall and overheard a child about 8 years old completely giving his mother “what for”. As I looked at her face I could see that she was completely over it but remained silent and simply let this child continue his rant. Everyone in earshot was staring as she remained silent looking simply embarrassed. In a poor attempt to break the tension I spoke to the woman and said, “Remember when you were in charge?”.
As I walked away I thought about how important it is to have a good discipline relationship with your child. I also recognize that establishing one can be more difficult that it seems. As it is with many things in life, it can be easier to get help with this from someone else than to do it yourself.
Programs like the ones at PRO Martial Arts have a track record of being the parents’ savior in this regard. They teach discipline and instill core values in kids that are often hard for parents to apply. This doesn’t make them bad parents it just that the authority figure who is not a parent somehow earns a different type of respect.
There are several similarities between a kid who has been well disciplined and a kid who has been in a PRO Martial Arts program. These similarities may surprise you. Here are a few:
- Kids are pleasant to be around.
- They are more self-confident.
- They have an easier time making and keeping friends (and the right ones).
- They understand accountability and thus make better choices.
- They have better self-control.
- They are more self-sufficient.
- They are more responsible at home, at school and in their daily life.
So, if you are weighing between trying to INSTILL all of the good live values yourself or seeking outside assistance I have just one word of advice – outsource. Outsource the values that a PRO Martial Arts program can provide, by Building Character For a Lifetime. That way next time you are at the mall the kid screaming won’t belong to you.