One of the things we have learned from teaching thousands of junior students is that a little hard work and dedication, in the beginning, can make life a lot easier and forge greater skills later in life.
Firstly it stops me taking myself too seriously, but it also helps to create a more positive and enjoyable environment to be in. Having fun while training helps build a connection with the group.
BE A ROLE MODEL
We can not expect children to exhibit good behaviour if we do not hold ourselves to the same standard. Children learn through observation and mirror the things they see within their environment.
Children will often respond to situations the same way we do. This is why we need to constantly work on our own habits and behaviour to be mindful that we don’t unwittingly pass them on.
CONSEQUENCES AND REWARDS
A reward isn’t a bribe. It’s something your child earns for correctly doing what you’ve asked. It’s something that they’ve earned. The same is also true of a punishment. With punishment, it's important to make sure it is administered with a cool head. It’s very easy to let anger dictate the severity of the punishment.
TRY TO AVOID EMOTIONAL REACTIONS
It’s so easy to scream and shout! But what sort of message is this sending? Disciplining a child needs to be appropriate to their behaviour. That’s not to say you shouldn’t raise your voice. We use a change of volume, tone and pitch constantly in training.
DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH
Every child is different and there isn’t a blueprint to get this stuff right. Behaviour habits take time to build and time to retrain. Set small goals and offer rewards when they are achieved.
YOUR FIRST SESSION IS FREE
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