Can Martial Arts Improve Self-Esteem in Kids?
Understanding Your Child
As a parent, this is probably the single most important thing you can do as your child grows older. The more you understand your child the more you can guide and nurture them into maturity. Yes, it’s true… it’s an evolving skill but one of the most rewarding for you and your child.
No child is the same and yours has a unique personality trait that will be with them as they grow older. Remember, your child wants to be understood, they crave your attention… it makes them feel special. A deep meaningful connection is what you’re after.
How Can I Understand My Child Better and Why Does it Matter?
As a parent, you have a superpower already. You have a connection with your child that no one else has. Now it’s time to level up that power and be more mindful of things you can consciously do, such as…
Pay attention to them as they nap or sleep, when they play, how they interact with others, what games or activities do they gravitate towards.
Also, take note of their body language. What faces do they make during any of the above-mentioned situations? Do they shrug their shoulder away from new people… you know that “shy thing” kids often do (As if they don’t want to reveal too much)? Which, of course, is totally OK.
After you have taken some mental notes this can open up opportunities for age-appropriate dialogue with your child. (I have a great document for age-appropriate conversation starters which I’ll share later). Remember it’s about really understanding your child’s thoughts and feelings.
Being in tune with your child in this way will reveal a lot about your child’s self-esteem.
Why is Self-Esteem Important?
Healthy self-esteem is important to a child’s happiness and success in life. We understand this at The Budo Shingikan Dojo and it’s a major reason why we put so much emphasis on it. It’s why we engage the parents more than most dojos in the area do.
We want parents to gain a deeper understanding of their child, and we want children to see how much their parents truly enjoy seeing them “play” martial arts and reach small milestones. We are laying the foundation of success, happiness, structure, and positive self-concept.
Martial Arts Help Build Social Skills
Martial art training also helps children build social skills which is a key component to boosting self-esteem. Some children build social skills easier than others which is why the right martial arts program puts the children on a level playing field.
There’s no comparison to another person’s child because martial arts is an individual pursuit but with the positive support of a trusted group of peers and adults. This is where The Budo Shingikan Dojo shines.
You and your child are not alone and will be guided and supported by everyone involved.
We understand that parents experience roadblocks and obstacles as their child goes from infant to adolescent to teenager. Thus, we want to be there in any way we can.
Consider giving martial arts a try to help improve your child’s self-esteem. It’s one of the most rewarding decisions you can make for them.
In Oneness, Kaiso