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  • Kids Martial Arts  near  Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Where are all the good teachers?

    Where are all the good teachers?

    I had a bittersweet run-in yesterday. I waived at a teacher I've known for about 15 years. Her boys took Taekwondo lessons from me and I would always see her at a local elementary. I told her that I thought she didn't work there anymore since it'd been about a year since I'd bumped into her. She said that actually she was retiring this year and looking to pour her energy into another career as she was still quite young. She confided that the reason for her exit was that elementary school aged children were allowed to openly disrespect teachers, even going so far as to say "f-you" without any real consequences. She said that she didn't need daily verbal abuse, especially from kids. When our ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  near  Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - What is special anymore?

    What is special anymore?

    Having been in the Martial Arts and the childcare industry for over 20 years has given me some perspective about what excites children. Increasingly, it's less and less. In the past, we would take children on field trips such as roller skating or to the movies. They would be so thankful and have such a great time. When they were given a Martial Arts lesson, they were simply thrilled with the experience and practiced enthusiastically at home. What's changed? We live in an on-demand society where children have fewer opportunities to delay gratification. Cartoons are 24 hours, movies are no longer that unique, and due to growing up with the internet, they've literally seen it all. It's a sad ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  near  Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - You'll never know the difference

    You'll never know the difference

    Yesterday, I was on the phone with a Martial Arts instructor friend. We were sharing some funny stories and student challenges too. We had a good laugh about some tough cases until he encouraged me with a special one of his own. He said that he never truly experienced ADHD until meeting one young man. He poured every ounce of patience into this kid for 8 years and thought he was a lost cause. Later, that young man joined the military and straightened his life out. Though he came from a troubled family, he credits my instructor friend for setting him on the right path and saving his life. What a powerful impact he had! It's rare to actually have someone say what you did for them. Be mindful ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  near  Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - "No" is for Adults

    "No" is for Adults

    If you want to spoil a child, be sure to say yes to everything. Give in to their every demand and tell them how much their feelings matter. Quiet them with a tablet or cell phone and make sure to receive their consent for all of your choices that affect them. Finally, let them scold you when they feel that you've disappointed them and let them do it publicly. Many of us have created monsters at a young age and now that they're older, we don't know what to do with them. When a child has no leadership from the parents, they will fill the void themselves. I am a strong proponent of building confidence in children, promoting critical thinking and wise decision making. However, having the ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  near  Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Slap me some skin

    Slap me some skin

    A number of years ago, a gaming company came out with the "Sims." The idea was that you could play these characters and simulate real life experiences. Along the way you could work a job, fall in love, and even clean your house. Admittedly, I've never played it. I'm sure that it's a great diversion and people really enjoy this. The thing that strikes me as funny though, is shouldn't they be busy doing this in their own lives? Nowadays gamers can choose which "skin" they'd like to wear. They can fantasize about actually being the character that's been created in these false digital worlds. I propose a de-emphasis on time spent gaming for today's youth. By reducing play time, they can spend ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  near  Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Is your boss is stupid?

    Is your boss is stupid?

    Is your boss stupid? Maybe. Although I'm a boss, this is no defense of bosses. There are great bosses and terrible bosses, reliable and undependable, lazy and hardworking, smart and yes, the relatively stupid. Staff members think they know better than the boss, but often they really don't. What they're lacking isn't intelligence, it's perspective. When people see that the boss makes a poor decision, they're usually thinking one-dimensionally and in terms of direct consequences. However bosses have to take into account a number of factors that they don't feel (rightly and wrongly) that they should share with their employees. Similarly as parents, we have to make decisions for children ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  near  Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Freedom?...well that's just some people talkin'

    Freedom?...well that's just some people talkin'

    There's a great line from the classic song "Desperado" by the Eagles: "And freedom, oh freedom, well that's just some people talkin'." The main character in the song is making the mistake of thinking that being alone and free will bring him the happiness he's seeking. Similarly, children think that having more autonomy will do the same for them. I'm all for giving children the freedom that they have earned, however some children should be watched very closely as they lack good sense or they're untrustworthy. Preparing them for adulthood should mean that privileges should be paired with responsibilities. When they've proven that they can handle adult things, they can be given additional ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  near  Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Mild mannered

    Mild mannered

    Why is superman such an enduring superhero? There must be dozens of answers to this question, but undoubtedly he's a more interesting character due to the sharp contrast between his public persona and his private life, a.k.a.: Clark Kent. If your old enough, you may remember the classic intro to Superman: "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Superman! Disguised as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter Clark Kent..." Sometimes I use this example to teach children about the virtues of meekness. Clark Kent is such a gentle and simple person, that no one would ever suspect how powerful he really is. He neither boasts nor ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  near  Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - How sweet the sound!

    How sweet the sound!

    These days it seems that everyone is demanding their rights. People are complaining about what they're owed and what they didn't get. An undeserved sense of entitlement permeates our society and particularly the younger generations. All of this whining produces the sounds, reminiscent of little children who don't understand the meaning behind gift giving. What is the opposite of entitlement? Assuredly it's self sacrifice. During this time of year let's not forget who set the ultimate example in life and death; the reason we celebrate Christmas and not commercialism. God sent His only Son, Jesus, cloaked in human form to be a sacrifice for all people. The grace that we didn't deserve and ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  near  Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - A simple holiday message

    A simple holiday message

    Well said Carrie Underwood. "Today, let’s be positive. Let’s be NICE to each other. Let’s do something nice FOR someone else. Smile at a stranger. It’s the start of a new week! Today is precious! Don’t waste it! Sending love and cheer to you all!!!" # LoveWins Follow our Cypress-Jersey Village-Jones Rd blog: http://eternalmartialartshouston.com/blog ....

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