The Karate Dad Workout: Simple Home Workout for Dads with Kids or Who Are Quarantined

Being on lockdown due to COVID is kind of like being the parent of a newborn.  You barely leave your house, you don’t sleep very much, food gets delivered to you, and worst of all…you pack on the pounds!  Now, imagine combining the two.  When you add the stress and anxiety of being on lockdown due to COVIDContinue reading “The Karate Dad Workout: Simple Home Workout for Dads with Kids or Who Are Quarantined”

Pay Attention to The Details: Why Overlooking Seemingly Little Things Can Have A Big Impact on Your Child

I’m doing the best I can.  We’ve all heard it.  We’ve all said it.  Before having a child, I was always a little critical of those parents who showed up late, forgot something, left something behind, etc.  After having a child, that stance softened…a little.  While I have a greater appreciation for those of us getting by, doing the bestContinue reading “Pay Attention to The Details: Why Overlooking Seemingly Little Things Can Have A Big Impact on Your Child”

As Seen on TV…Not! Misconceptions Regarding Pregnancy and Childbirth-A Guide for Dads

Despite all my friends and family telling me that pregnancy and childbirth are nothing like it is depicted on television and in the movies, I still had many misconceptions throughout the entire process.  I read all the books and took all the classes, yet I still had a picture in my mind much like it isContinue reading “As Seen on TV…Not! Misconceptions Regarding Pregnancy and Childbirth-A Guide for Dads”

Awareness in Parenting: Helping Keep Children Safe

One of the many benefits of being in martial arts nearly my entire life has been learning the skill of awareness.  There are many skills and attributes that martial arts teaches that have a direct impact outside of the studio.  Several of these attributes I noticed right away after starting training.  Many more of them became apparent whenContinue reading “Awareness in Parenting: Helping Keep Children Safe”

The Self-Defense Mindset: The First Step in Handling A Bully

School age bullying is a major problem in the world today.  Millions of kids around the world are victims of bullying on a regular basis.  The effects of this bullying can be both costly and long lasting.  Situations that frighten us when we’re very young stay with us throughout our lives.  Bullying can keep children from learning how toContinue reading “The Self-Defense Mindset: The First Step in Handling A Bully”

My Son Is Perfect…And So Is Yours

Mommy’s little angel.  Daddy’s pride and joy.  We as parents all think our child is the image of perfection.  And you know what?  We are all correct, our sons and daughters are perfect.  Do they do things to annoy us?  You bet!  Do they make mistakes?  All the time.  Do they pee on you when you change their diaper?  Unfortunately.  Do they throw an inconsolable fitContinue reading “My Son Is Perfect…And So Is Yours”

The Karate Dad’s Top 10 Karate Movies

Who doesn’t love a top 10 list?  There are few things I feel qualified providing a top ten list for but if I had to pick one, it would definitely be a karate movie list.  So, here’s my list of the top 10 karate movies of all time. First, a few disclaimers.  I picked movies that have martialContinue reading “The Karate Dad’s Top 10 Karate Movies”

Teaching Kids To Be Good Listeners

What did I just say?  Are you listening to me?  In one ear and out the other!  Sound familiar?  We’ve all heard this said to us and probably even said it ourselves. Listening is one of the most important skills needed to be successful in any endeavor.  We often take it for granted just how one becomes a good listener.  MostContinue reading “Teaching Kids To Be Good Listeners”

What Type of Learner is Your Child?

As a karate instructor for over 20 years, I have done extensive research on how people learn, specifically children.  It should come as no surprise that all kids learn differently.  Although each child has their own unique way of learning, there are generally three styles: aural, visual, and kinesthetic.  Kids can learn primarily from one style or aContinue reading “What Type of Learner is Your Child?”

The Best Karate Halloween Costumes For Any Age

We are getting close to Halloween and even though the pandemic is going make this Halloween a different experience than in years past, kids (and adults) everywhere are still going to dress up and have a great time.  Being a karate instructor, every year I get the same question asked: can I wear my karate uniformContinue reading “The Best Karate Halloween Costumes For Any Age”