I was teaching our Tigers Children’s Character Development Class a few weeks ago and made mention of a situation I most recently noticed.
First of all… let me help you understand what we have been talking about.
For the past month of September we have been working on a Character Development Lesson towards “self-reliance”. Our goal is to help our community understand that they must keep trying to make something happen.
The old Japanese Maxim comes to mind…. “Fall down seven, get up eight”.
Our secondary message is that if you can’t do it, then ask for…. “Help!!!”
This I have noticed is a big problem in our younger generations. They would rather clam up or just be upset and not ask for help.
Two extremely good messages are here. Teach them to be strong and self-reliant. Teach them to be able to ask for help and even use Team Work to get big things accomplished!!!
This brings me to my point now….
As parents, we have all these fast paced schedules. Sometimes it our children’s events and other times it is our own. Either way there is a fast way to do things… especially if we are in a rush.
Our child asks or needs something… maybe we tell them where to find it or how to get it. Often enough though, because we are in a hurry we just grab it or do it for them.
You see where I am going right???
Hey, I am just as guilty of it; but we have to catch these super important moments. The are life changing moments!!! They don’t always happen in a row but they will repeat eventually.
I say lets break the pattern we have here. STOP!!!! Take a breath… and show them how to do something. Watch the pay off that those few minutes have on our children and see them grow.
If they or you are a few minutes late… everything will still be ok.
Because you just made a life lesson out of something simple like getting a glass of water or making a PB&J.
How cool is that???
Lets change the world… one glass of water at a time!!!
Guro Larry, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best
The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!