Life Skills at Home


Life Skills at Home

At Mueller’s Martial Arts, we firmly believe that parents and instructors have a partnership to help students succeed to their fullest potential in taekwondo training. It is up to our team and parents to work together to make sure that the life skills learned in class are being reinforced at home. By teaming up, kids will get the most out of Martial Arts and can become the best version of themselves.

Reinforcing listening:

We teach kids to focus and pay specific attention in class. They are taught that when they are told to do something, they have to do it immediately. It is essential that parents also keep this skill going at home. If a kid argues or ignores what their parents say, it takes away from the lessons they are taught in class. If that behavior is allowed at home, it will carry into school as well. To stop it, we encourage all parents to use our motto- how fast do we do things? Immediately!

Reinforcing respect:

We want our kids to show us respect. In taekwondo, we teach them to treat others the way they want to be treated. They learn to respect their instructors, fellow students, and everyone they meet. At home we have to make sure that they continue to show respect to their parents and siblings. It can be easy to become comfortable with people they see all the time and become disrespectful. That behavior can’t be allowed and has to be stopped right away. By teaching them in class and at home to respect others, they will be kind as they grow up and navigate through life. We all appreciate and remember people who showed us kindness in a world full of hate.

Reinforcing discipline:

In taekwondo, we teach kids to have discipline by obeying what is right. That can mean showing up for class consistently, doing what they are told to do, and working hard to achieve their goals. At home, it’s the parents responsibility to discipline their kids, right? Yes, but they also work with their instructors to ensure that they are doing what is right at home and in school. Kids sometimes break the rules, have a bad attitude, and don’t listen. They’re only human. But if they start to lose discipline then it becomes time to work with their instructor so that behavior doesn’t go without reprimand. That could mean taking away their belt or modifying behavior during their Martial Arts training.

Reinforcing following through:

We all get lazy sometimes. It would be much easier to just stay at home and watch TV or play video games all day but the reality is that is not a way to live life. When a kid signs up for taekwondo they make a commitment. Sometimes they won’t want to go. The same is true for any activity like school or work when they become adults. As parents, sometimes we have to force our kids to do something they don’t want to do for the betterment of themselves. We all have to do things we don’t want to do, so learning at a young age to do them and reframe it as getting to do them will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Following through on their commitments will help them reach their goals and give them the amazing feeling of success. So parents, sometimes you have to push your kids out of their comfort zones and we will do the same! Trust us, it will help them in the long run!

We know that being a parent is tough, especially in the technology heavy world we live in today! Helping kids become the best versions of themselves takes a whole community. That’s why at Mueller’s Martial Arts we work with parents to make sure that the life skills learned in class carry over into home and school. Together, we keep them accountable so that they can make the most out of their time in taekwondo and live a great life with you! To learn more about our program, click here.