Midwest Martial Arts of Mequon / Thiensville

7 ways to help your child deal with peer pressure

05 Aug

7 ways to help your child deal with peer pressure

Saying “No” to friends can be hard. Here’s how to make it easier.

As kids get older, peer pressure can get in the way of how well they do in school.
Why? By the time they turn seven, children start caring more and more about what other kids think of them — and less about what their parents or other adults think.
Kids who want to get approval from their peers and become more popular will often take part in risky behavior like cheating in class, shoplifting, tagging, drugs, alcohol, and sex — all which can send them on a downward spiral and take them away from focusing on their education.
Here are six other ways to help your child resist peer pressure and stay on the right path:
1. Don’t overreact
When your child talks with you about what friends are doing, you may hear things that upset you. But if you overreact or lecture, your child won’t want to bring these issues up again. Stay as calm as you can, without yelling, blaming, of lecturing. Instead, use these moments to get your child thinking about the consequences of risky behavior: “I wonder if your friend realizes she could be arrested for shoplifting?”
2. Talk about what makes a true friend.
Help your child understand that a friend who is pressuring him to do something dangerous, hurtful, or illegal is not much of a friend.
3. Get to know your child’s friends.
Encourage your child to invite friends home. Having his peers around will help you decide whether they are good or bad influences.
4. Talk about what independence really means.
At this age, your child wants more independence. Point out that if this is a goal of his, he shouldn’t let other kids decide what she should be doing — that’s not independence!
5. Role play peer pressure.
Ask your child what he wishes he could say to his friends if he didn’t have to worry about what they’d say if he said “No.” Then suggest ways he can say it. Keep your advice short and to the point. Remind him it’s easiest to stick with simple things that he can say comfortably. “Sorry that’s not me. Not going to do it.”
6. Model saying “No”.
When your child hears you setting limits clearly, firmly, and without a lot of explanation, this helps him see that it’s OK to do the same. When you say, “No, that’s not okay with me,” you’re giving your child the same language he can say when someone tries to talk him into doing something he shouldn’t.
7. Get you child in a positive group.
Church and scouts are great. So are Martial Arts.   Martial Arts are “cool”, they instill confidence and they teach kids to stand up for themselves.  “Some times saying “no” isn’t enough for bullies and peers. You must stand up for your self even if you have to stand up alone.  All kids should take at least 1 year of martial arts for confidence, fun and fitness.”  Senior Master Kris Hoff Midwest Martial Arts of Mequon/Thiensville.
Would you like to join us for a free community event? “Fear Not” – a beginning workshop for kids ages 6 – 11.
Contact us for more information. 262-236-5455

Benefits to Training at Midwest Martial Arts Over Summertime

03 Jun

During the school season teachers, assistants, and counselors are focused on helping your children learn and grow. But what happens during the summer season when these people are not around? It makes sense that as a parent you would want your child to maintain some level of growth and development over the summer in order to limit or prevent your child from losing a lot of the skills gained over the last school season. This includes growth and development in the following areas: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially.

With that said, one of the very best options is to keep your child active through a solid martial arts program such as Youth Martial Arts. Whether your child is currently active in a martial arts program and you are considering giving him/her a break from training over the summer, or you are seeking some sort of activity to get your child involved in, consider the benefits of martial arts training over the summer before you make a decision. To make your job easier, we have selected four of the top benefits and provided an overview of each one below.

The benefits that we are going to cover in this report are:
Midwest M.A. prevents weight gain!
Martial Arts prevents summer learning loss!
Martial Arts improves emotional stability!
Martial Arts improves social stability!

Let’s get started!

Benefit 1: Martial Arts can help prevent unhealthy weight gain!
Although it may seem like children are more active over the summer, the lack of structure also contributes to weight gain. Even just two days of structured physical activity over the summer can have a snowball effect on their physical activities at home. Youth classes at Midwest Martial Arts is so much fun, that children actually enjoy the physical workouts even during the summertime.

Did you know?
Children gain weight nearly twice as fast over the summer because they are snacking more often, many times out of boredom or lack of proper supervision. At the same time, many children are also less active over the summer because they sleep in longer, watch TV longer, play video games longer, etc.
MDWMA includes fun daily classroom activities that boost physical development. In fact, children who train in Midwest M.A. practice more at home over the summer since they have more free time to do so. This means they will enter the new school year in better physical shape than the previous school year!

Benefit 2: MDWMA can help prevent summer learning loss!
Many people have an image of summer being a carefree happy time where “kids can be kids,” and take for granted the benefits of enriching experiences from organized activities. Even just two times per week in a structured program can make a tremendous difference in a child’s intellectual development over the summer. MDWMA provides these benefits in a manner that is also fun so that kids can still be kids and not loose that carefree and happy summer lifestyle.

Did you know?
For over a century, scholars have recognized that summer vacation is a period when children’s brain development declines relative to the school year. In fact, studies have shown that children score much lower on standardized tests when they enter the new school season compared to the same tests taken at the end of the previous school year.

MDWMA includes daily classroom activities to boost intellectual stimulation over the summer. In fact, children who train over the summer also tend to progress even faster because their brains are not “bogged” down after a long day of academic learning. This means children can actually enter the next school year even smarter than when they left for the summer break because their working memory and fluid intelligence are expanded into a whole new level of development!

Benefit 3: MDWMA training can improve emotional stability!
When the school year ends, children lose a lot of key contributors that boost self-esteem. This leads to less confidence entering the back to school season. MDWMA provides a great environment for building children’s emotional development in a manner that is positive and productive.

Did you know?
Children that lose self-esteem over the summer enter the new school season with many fears associated with making new friends, meeting new teachers, and bullying.
MDWMA includes daily classroom activities that strengthen children’s emotional outlook. In fact, children that are more confident enter the new school season excited about all of the wonderful opportunities that schooling has to offer!

Benefit 4: MDWMA improves social stability!
Following rules are very important, especially over the summer when there are lesser rules that children must follow. This includes proper social behavior. MDWMA develops proper social behavior during class, and those lessons carry over at home. 

Did you know?
Children that do not have proper social development over the summer tend to misbehave when they enter the new school season. At the same time, children that do not have sufficient positive social interaction over the summer enter the new school season with more anxiety.
MDWMA includes daily classroom activities that boost social development. In fact, children who train in MDWMA over the summer tend to be the same students that get glowing behavior reviews from teachers during the first round of parent-teacher conferences. At the same time, children with the best behavior reviews are also statistically the students with the best academic reviews because they are not distracted with the repercussions of poor behavior.

Conclusion
The summer can be a wonderful opportunity to help your child not only enjoy a break from school, but at the same time become a better version of themselves as they enter the new school year. What parent would not want to see their child enter the new school year physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially stronger? MDWMA training could very well be the best investment you make over the summer!

Did you know?
MDWMA also provides several ways to help your child keep up on their training if he/she misses classes over the summer, or simple want more opportunities to train!
We provide additional private lessons for anyone that wants that extra special attention. Contact one of our highly trained instructors for details.
We provide camps each month over the summer for those students that are traveling a lot, or simply want more practice. Check out the Summer Camps link
We provide FREE make-up classes every Saturday all year long for those students that miss class, or simple want extra training.

Contact us for your FREE class! 262-573-4505 or email us at info@mdwma.com