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How can Parents Help their children be successful in their Martial Art Training?

Be available to bring your children to class regularly.  When students miss classes, they fall behind and feel embarrassed when they forget what they had previously learned.  If they miss a lot of classes, they will become frustrated and not want to continue. Encourage your children to come to class, but make it their responsibility.

Communicate any difficulties.                                                 If your child is having a difficult time with some aspect of class, feel free to call me or talk to me before or after class.    I will be happy to discuss difficulties and help to resolve them.

Watch that your children do not use Tae Kwon Do irresponsibly at home.                                                        One of our rules is that students not use the skills they learn in class to show off or especially to hurt others. Parents can ensure that this does not happen, and let an Instructor know if it does so that it can be addressed immediately.

Homework                                                                          Students have terminology and techniques to study at home as well as work on SWAT assignments. Any encouragement or assistance you can give is helpful. The homework however is their responsibility.

Do not use class as a punishment.                                       If your child has done something wrong, rather than tell them they cannot go to Tae Kwon Do class, it would be better to have them come to class and explain to the Instructor what the child did. The Instructor can then incorporate that mistake into class as a lesson.  Although children do and should enjoy class, Tae Kwon Do training is a discipline, and not simply a sport.

Watch Class and Tests                                                Children typically enjoy when their parents watch class.  Although it is certainly not necessary or beneficial for parents to watch all classes, watching occasionally is. Parents are also invited to watch their children test, which is very rewarding to the child.

Jeanne M. Donnelly 


“Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.”
                                                    – Mother Theresa