If you are a parent, juggling kids, their education, their activities can be a big challenge. You are focused on their grades because you want them to go to a good college. You invest in their sports activities to give a chance to be a pro. You want to address their colds and tummy aches to get that precious smile back. You also need a little bit of down time for yourself. Life is busy! You hardly have time to focus on development of the soft skills – leadership, courage, discipline, focus, confidence, attitude, etc. – but the truth is that these are the skills that will launch them towards a successful personal and professional life; regardless of the profession they chose.
You already know that these skills are important. The question is when is the right time to start training these skills? When is the right time to start making your child a leader?
The answer is NOW! The thing about kids is that they are very curious. I call it Curiosity Quotient (CQ). Kids have a very high CQ. They are H.U.N.G.R.Y for information. Feed those hungry minds the fodder so they don’t just succeed but SOAR in life! There is no time like now to start it. You can start sowing these seeds as early as age 3.
How do you train your children to be leaders?
There are many ways to approach this
- Read books on leadership and character education
- Have dinner table conversations on these topics
- Read bed time stories for your kids on various leadership topic
I have developed a PEARL method for this. PEARL Stands for Pre-frame, Explain, Ask, Reward & Lead. The PEARL method provides you guidance on how to approach various leadership and character education topics with your children. The PEARL method is not rocket science but it enables you to be intentional about it.
There are many resources on this topic but they can be time consuming. So this brings us to the next question, is there a tutoring center for this? I thought you would never ask!
Leadership & Character Education Centers
There is a new breed of Martial Arts Schools that are specializing in Leadership, Character Education. Some insightful parents have started seeking their help to give their kids a head start in life by enrolling them in a Martial Arts School. But not all martial arts schools are the same. You want to choose a martial arts school that focuses on Leadership & Character Education. This type of Martial Arts school has a professionally developed curriculum to educate children in following areas:
– Leadership – Attitude
– Courage – Confidence
– Perseverance – Respect
– Manners – Teamwork
Many Martial Arts Schools will claim that they teach these skills. Don’t take their word for it. Ask them to show you their curriculum. Ask them probing questions about how much time is spent during each class on these topics. Ask them how they teach these skills to different age groups? Ask them how they evaluate student’s progress? Ask them if they provide any home work for kids?
Top Martial Arts Schools like PRO Martial Arts link the belt promotion to the progress in the character education topics. They use the right combination of Martial Arts and Character Education so that the kids don’t get bored. Their instructors are not just Martial Artists but they are excellent Educators. They have fun activities that come with a purpose. Some schools have special classes for bullying and predator prevention. But they don’t just stop there they have seminars for parents as well. These are all sings of an outstanding Martial Arts School that can cares about Children’s education.
Make it a Priority
Kids are going to grow fast whether you want them or not. Give them a head start in life by teaching them the core leadership skills. They will thank you later!