A good article and a few tips for parents!
Studies show that some children spend more than six hours a day using media, from watching television and listening to music to surfing the internet and playing video games. Considering that they spend a good chunk of time at school, and another eight hours or so sleeping, six hours of passive media time is a lot of time spent not moving and being passive. Here are two strategies to help if you are struggling to motivate your child to go to their Taekwondo classes:
Strategy #1: Make sure your child is doing something less interesting to him or her a half hour prior to going to their Taekwondo class. For instance, a child doing homework or chores will usually jump at the chance to take a break and go to class. On the other hand, a child playing video games may not want to stop shooting aliens or driving their favorite sportcar to go to class... If your child is outside playing with friends, is it any surprise that they don’t want to stop to go to class?
Strategy #2: Help your child set short-term goals when they begin classes. For example, each new belt level is a goal. Once they achieve that goal, their new belt, they can then decide if they want to continue with the classes, but with the understanding that there will be no quitting until the next belt is achieved! Usually a child is so excited to receive their new Taekwondo belt, they would of course want to stay and learn their new material. At each belt level in Taekwondo our students must complete certain criteria that will allow them to be promoted to the next belt. As they complete the criteria and follow the syllabus, they are rewarded and this gives them a sense of accomplishment! It also motivates them to keep going on to the next level.
Your job, as a parent, is to introduce them to positive physical exercises, like Taekwondo, so they’ll learn just how good it makes them feel. Support their exercising by providing the equipment they need, transportation to and from training and events, and support, especially if they’re competing. Then, ultimately, they’ll be excited to participate, will start to look forward to exercising, and as they grow older, will continue to seek out opportunities to be physically active.