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Life Skill: Self-Discipline

This week we are sharing tips on helping children to develop: SELF-DISCIPLINE. Parents and teachers both overwhelmingly agree that self-discipline is one of the most important skills anyone can have – yet relatively few believe they’ve been successful at helping their own children demonstrate it. However, it goes without saying that children can and will learn self-discipline if they are exposed to an environment that nurtures this very skill.

You can help by reinforcing self-discipline at home. If you lead by example your child will follow. Below are some tips on how to compliment the lessons we teach about self-discipline this month:

1) Remember that self-discipline and discipline go hand in hand. When disciplining your child keep in mind that discipline and punishment are not the same. Discipline is about guiding children in ways that support their development on self-control.
2) Catch your child showing self-discipline at home and praise them for their efforts.
3) Give your child opportunities to apply self-discipline by giving them some new age-appropriate responsibilities.
4) Demonstrate self-discipline yourself. Make sure they see you cleaning your room, making your bed, treating others with respect, etc.

Martial Arts classes are a great way to help children develop self-discipline and learn why it is good habit to have. They’ll will increase their self-discipline skills during classes in a fun and entertaining way.