Time spent with your kids is precious and short-lived, so to get the most out of the time you have with them, choose a martial arts class you can do together, then put some martial arts mats down at home somewhere and extend your practice time together. The kids learn great athletic skills and you get to have some quality time with them before they’re all grown up.
Martial arts mats are an innocuous addition you can make to your home that will provide you and the kids with a place to do some bonding, as well as building a skill set that will improve their physical and mental fitness. Children take to martial arts like fish to water. And with your encouragement, and participation, they will see that the arts are something they can grow with, just as they outgrow other activities. When you build a little martial arts studio at home with nothing more than empty space and some martial arts mats, you give your kids the 24/7 opportunity to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. And when you do it with them, you lead by example.
You’ll find that your kids spend more time than you expected on those martial arts mats, honing their skills, certainly, but increasing their self-confidence as they become more skilled. And with increased self-confidence, the kids are less likely to be bullied at school, and even later, at work. That same self-confidence will inspire them to step out of their comfort zones and try things that might have seemed impossible before. We’re not just talking about new forms of martial arts, but academic endeavors, relationships, and even leadership.
The time you spend on the martial arts mats with your kids is a gift they won’t even realize they’re getting, perhaps until they’re much older. But what they will realize is that you support them, believe in them, and want them to be healthy and happy. And once they realize this, parenting becomes a whole lot easier!