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Tips For Promoting Better Health With Your Youngest Kids

Posted: May 30, 2018


The job of parenting can be summarized as teaching your kids how to live life the best way possible. Making healthy decisions is a skill that your kids will need all throughout their lives. Instilling healthy habits when they are young will provide them with a strong foundation. The good news is promoting better health with your youngest kids can be fun and create quality time for you and them.

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:

5 Tips for Helping Your Children Get Involved in the Community

Posted: December 18, 2017


Becoming involved in the community is important for everyone, especially children. This is the time they develop their attitudes and ideas towards the outside world. Giving them positive ways to integrate themselves into the community will ensure healthy development. The way they view the world will impact the choices they make about careers and college. These five tips should help educate parents on involving their children in the community.

Low-Key Parenting Techniques to Keep Kids Sober

Posted: December 18, 2017

With the threat of substance abuse, it can be tempting to become overly controlling to keep your kids safe; however, aside from being unfeasible and building up resentment over time, this is not a very effective long-term strategy. If your control is all that keeps your kid away from dangers, they will likely fall into them once they are outside of that control. The key is to eliminate any desire your children might have to engage in substance abuse, which requires a firm yet subtle approach.


The Causes of Substance Abuse

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