Self-discipline is perhaps one of the most difficult traits to cultivate not just in others but especially in ones self. Children naturally find it harder to learn self-discipline because they lack the experience and maturity to fully understand its value. But if you enroll your child in a martial arts school, self-discipline and a lot more positive traits are his to conquer in no time!
Why Its Important for Kids to Learn Self-Discipline and Self-Control Early
While it is certainly your duty as a parent to teach your children how to differentiate right from wrong, its also important to train them early to make such decisions for themselves. If you allow your child to grow up depending on your authority and other external factors to determine the proper thing to do, he shall find himself helpless and incapable of doing whats right even as an adult, much less care about the consequences of his actions.
When you teach your child self-discipline early, they take their first steps to growing up and taking responsibility of their actions. They begin to understand about the things they have to do not just because theyre told but because its right. They will understand, for instance, that homework, house chores, and even eating broccoli, are things they have to do, even if its somewhat unpleasant.
Self-control is naturally intertwined with self-discipline. It is impossible for one to exist without the other. Whereas self-discipline governs ones ability to make decisions, self-control governs ones control over his mind and body.
With self-control, your child learns early that its not right to let their angers rule their thoughts. They also to learn to exercise their will and use mind over matter.
The Benefits of Having Self-Discipline
Once your child attains self-discipline through martial arts, youll be surprised at positive impact it can have in his life.
Greater self-discipline is equivalent to greater progress in martial kids. And with kids, their self-confidence tends to grow every time they move another level and the color of their belt changes.
Youll find self-disciplined kids easier to guide when it comes to proper nutrition, too. Your kids will be more willing to listen and obey once you explaining to them the benefits of eating lots of greens and avoiding too much junk food.
If they are struggling with weight problems, youll also find it easier to maintain the proper diet and exercise regime for them. Their martial arts sessions will naturally help in keeping them physically fit as well.
Improved Social Interaction Skills
Self-discipline also helps children develop positive social interaction traits. They become friendlier and although they may become more competitive, they also understand the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and equality. They also become more understanding of other childrens differences with them and avoid bullying or ostracizing other kids because of those differences.