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  • At home training tips

    At home training tips

    Greetings JPMAA Parents! Today I would like to talk about how to use things from around the house to benefit your ninja's "At Home" training! Every ninja has gotten carried away sweeping the floor while pretending the broom was a Bo! I even heard of some of my ninja friends up north shoveling snow and thinking of it as "endurance" training! Now I am not telling you to strap a cloth to your ninja's tummy and have him practice army crawls across the tile floor and call it "training". Let's face it, that's just how a ninja does his normal chores! Sometimes we think that we are unable or ill-equipped to practice at home because we lack the same pads or mats that we use while in class. ....

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  • The key to keeping kids excited about activity

    The key to keeping kids excited about activity

    DOPAMINE The Key to Increased Motivation and Focus in Children and Teens Have you ever wondered why children and teens seem to be so addicted to their smart phones and other devices? Parents are frustrated with their children’s lack of attention and motivation but what do their devices have to do with this? The answer is found in science! Often referred to as the “motivator molecule,” dopamine is a “feel good” chemical that is released in the brain which helps us focus and feel motivated. When dopamine levels are low, it can result in symptoms such as difficulty focusing, decreased motivation, trouble problem-solving, and social anxiety. Therefore, ....

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  • Age Specific Training Benefits

    Age Specific Training Benefits

    Hey Jonesboro area Families! Have you ever wondered why our classes are more effective than your typical martial arts schools’ program? The thing that makes our classes more dynamic than most is that we understand childhood development and have been able to use a curriculum that takes advantage of this understanding! Here are just a few benefits of Age Specific martial arts and what they mean for your ninja!
    Specifically Targeted Instruction This means that we are able to teach with techniques that are specifically meant to develop physical, intellectual, emotional, and social skill sets. The fact that we are able to individually target each of these areas means that they ....

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  • Reinforcing Positive Behaviors in kids and teens

    Reinforcing Positive Behaviors in kids and teens

    SEROTONIN: The Key To Reinforcing Positive Behaviors In Children and Teens Have you ever had a “gut feeling” about something? Have you ever considered that children have these as well? Of course they do! The problem is, they don’t know how to express this to us. They know something doesn’t feel right, so they act out or exhibit a grumpy mood. The good news is, there is a way to boost their mood and reinforce positive behavior choices. Serotonin, also known as the “feel good” neurotransmitter, plays a part in our wellbeing and is important in balancing mood. Ninety percent of the serotonin in our bodies is produced in the gut. This is because the ....

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  • Over committed children

    Over committed children

    Over Committed Children As parents, we want what’s best for our children. The reality is that today’s children are pushed to their limits with extra-curricular activities by well-meaning parents. With that said, I’ve put together some details about how over-committing children are retroactive for their development. For starters, let’s look at why we tend to over-commit our children: 1. We feel we need to fill up our children’s schedule so they aren’t just sitting home watching television or playing video games. 2. We want to give our children what they want, like when they beg to take soccer with their friends. 3. We try to keep up with ....

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  • Goals

    Goals

    The C.O.A.L. Method – 4 Quick and Easy Steps to Dealing with Children’s Negative Behaviors By Jennifer Salama When it comes to parenting, emotions can run high. When children act out negatively, parents often become frustrated quickly and react by trying to fix the behavior immediately by yelling, punishing, etc. However, this approach is never a win for the child or the parent. As a Pediatric Ninja Specialist, Melody Shuman, the founder of the SKILLZ Program, continually studies and researches new and innovative ways to help children grow into the best version of themselves. This often leads to the development of information to help parents as well. Melody’s ....

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  • Adaptability

    Adaptability

    Adaptability Adaptability is about how you respond to your child, especially when things do not go as planned. Your child will have a variety of great days, bad days, and everything in between. Here are a few ways you can apply adaptability to your parenting and keep your child motivated: Intrinsic Motivation: 1. Choices What do you do if your child does not want to do something? You can intrinsically motivate them by allowing them to make choices or small decisions. Before I began using healthy competition to encourage my child to brush his teeth, I had to physically put the toothbrush in his mouth and brush for him. I eventually realized that I had to adapt differently ....

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  • I don't want to attend class today!

    I don't want to attend class today!

    Mindful Tips to Use When Kids Don’t Want to Attend Class Kids are not naturally self-motivated. When your child’s mindset is not in the right place, even the most fun activities can be a struggle to get to. With that said, here are some strategies to help you work around lack of motivation when trying to get your kid to class. 1. Be attentive to what your child is doing at the moment he/she is supposed to get ready for class. If he/ she is playing or having fun with a friend, then be ready for a battle. With that said, have your child participate in a chore or task that’s not as much fun around 10 to 15-minutes prior to getting ready for class. 2. Be attentive to your ....

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  • Discipline vs Punishment

    Discipline vs Punishment

    Punishment vs. Discipline Good behavior is a learning process for children, and we are their roadmap. Children usually behave per their own emotions and impulses. At the same time, being a parent is also a learning process and sometimes we rely on our own emotions and impulses to teach. Usually, that means we divert directly to punishments when a child misbehaves, missing a crucial opportunity to teach them. With that said, I am going to break down how to teach good behavior through discipline vs. punishment. Let’s compare the two words and what they really mean: • Punishment – means to inflict pain or suffering as a penalty. • Discipline – means to ....

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  • Edutainment

    Edutainment

    Edutainment Be the parent your child needs you to be. They need you to be in their world. That means interacting and playing with them on their level to prompt them through the tasks and chores they don’t want to do. Here are some tips and examples of using effectively using edutainment with your child. 1. Practice Healthy Competition The child's brain loves novelty. That is why healthy competition and games get them excited. You can help your child accomplish the daily tasks they do not necessarily want to do by adding a fun edutainment component. Edutainment in daily tasks may include incorporating a game or competition into their nighttime routine to prompt them to ....

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