How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Confidence

I don’t think anyone would be surprised to hear that developing a healthy self-confidence is crucial to one’s success.  In order to accomplish anything, you first have to believe that you can do it.  You can be scared, nervous, fearful, or anxious but you must have the overall belief in yourself that you can do it. SomeContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Confidence”

The Karate Dad – Episode 15

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.  No, I am not writing a book report on the Charles Dickens classic, “A Tale of Two Cities”.  When thinking about how to best describe Anders’ latest lesson, that phrase just comes to mind.  You will see why. At 19 months old, Anders and I haveContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 15”

The Way of the Nerd

As a martial arts studio owner, I have had a lot of pre-teen and teenage students over the last several years.  One of the many things I have noticed is the vast majority of them are incredibly smart and studious.  While this may not seem like a surprise or a shock, what was a surprise (at leastContinue reading “The Way of the Nerd”

What Does it Mean to Do Your Best?

The only thing that matters is that you do your best.  The outcome is irrelevant as long as you tried as hard as you could.  We utter these phrases all the time, mostly to kids.  But what does doing your best really mean?  “Your best” is not a quantifiable unit of measure. Let’s consider take a look at someContinue reading “What Does it Mean to Do Your Best?”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Focus

We live in a world filled with distractions.  Television, internet, cell phones, apps, games, tablets, and the list can go on and on.  When was the last time you just did one thing at a time?   As adults we are trained that being a multi-tasker is an essential skill.  However, we try to teach our kids that theyContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Focus”

The Karate Dad – Episode 4

In this episode, I attempt to teach Anders how to do the basic blocking techniques.  He is around 13 months old in this episode and it being only our 4th lesson, he is still taking it all in.  You can see he is getting a little more comfortable with his uniform on and being in the studioContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 4”

How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Responsibility

With great power comes great responsibility.  Well said Spiderman.  Great leaders also have a strong sense of responsibility.  Being responsible is hard.  We all think being responsible is being a person that can be counted on to follow through on things.  While this is true, there is much more to it.   I feel most people are relatively good at doingContinue reading “How to Teach Kids Life Skills – Responsibility”

How to Raise a Manly Son

When I was growing up, boys were raised to become manly men.  When my father and grandfathers were growing up, this was even more of a focus.  In today’s day and age, I feel this is still important.  Before people get offended by this statement, let me define the term “manly”. If asked to define what it meansContinue reading “How to Raise a Manly Son”

The Karate Dad – Episode 14

This episode almost did not happen!  Getting his uniform on was a bit of a struggle.  He wasn’t crying or being fussy, he was just running around laughing, wanting me to chase him.  Anders has actually been doing this when trying to get on other clothes, coats, shoes, diapers, etc.  It must be a phase he’s going through.  I guessContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 14”

The Karate Dad – Episode 3

In this episode, I start teaching Anders his first karate technique, the punch.  He is just over 12 months old in this episode and still quite new to our lessons.  He is still in the process of taking it all in.   Overall, the lesson was a success.  He did several punches with my assistance.  He allowed me to moveContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 3”