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Emergency First Aid All Parents Should Know

Posted: April 11, 2018

No matter how careful you are as a parent, you can’t prevent every emergency or every injury. First aid situations can happen in the blink of an eye, and most need fast action in response. Here are a few first aid scenarios and basic instructions for what to do when they occur:

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Jobs That Can Instill a Sense of Responsibility in Your Teen

Posted: March 30, 2018

As a parent, one of your primary responsibilities is preparing your children to leave the nest and thrive out in the world on their own. There will never be enough time to teach them everything they need to know, and no matter how great a parent you are, they are going to make some mistakes along the way. Luckily there are plenty of things you can do as a parent to help them transition into responsible adulthood. One of the best things you can do is encourage your teen to work and have a job. Here are four jobs that can instill an extra sense of responsibility in your teen. 



How to Push Your Kids to Better Education without Being Pushy

Posted: March 27, 2018

Educating kids can be difficult. Parents should know that it's not necessarily their fault if they struggle with this aspect of child-rearing. Kids are trying to establish themselves as individuals, are curious about the world, and many like to learn on their own terms. They can even resist something as positive as education if presented in a way they resent. Education is even more complicated today. Some of the most traditional educational models don't work for kids. However, it's still possible for parents to work around these challenges. They can help make their kids more educated and encourage them to go far without pushing them to annoyance.


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Keep Your Child Motivated by Showing Your Belief

Posted: March 21, 2018

I've had over a thousand children come through the doors of ATA Excellence Martial Arts in Kendallville. One of the determining factors in which children reach the goal of Black Belt is you...the parent!

Our goal is for every one of our students to become a Black Belt. Many stay after achieving their first black belt (that's when the fun really starts) but there are also so many who quit long before they get close to the Black Belt level. Why? Because they don't believe they can really become a Black Belt and that belief is reinforced by parents.

Every child that walks into our school starts with the belief that they can become a Black Belt. That initial "Yes I Can!" attitude flame is an essential part of becoming a great future leader but it's often blown out by doubt and a lack of reinforcement.

The Crisis of Porcelain Thoroughbreds and How to Stop It!

Posted: January 26, 2018

For years self-esteem was a buzz word in child development. Parents were super concerned about making sure their children grew up with a healthy sense of self-esteem but it back fired. Parents and child development experts realized that just telling kids how great they are didn't really build self-esteem. A term often used for children who have developed this way is "porcelain thoroughbreds." They look tough but the break easy.

We want to make sure our students at ATA Excellence Martial Arts develop real self-esteem so that they can become leaders in their families and communities!

3 tips for helping your children build real self-esteem:

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