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  • Preparing Children to Return to School - An Emotional Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School - An Emotional Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School – An Emotional Approach As back to school plans continue to change almost daily, children’s emotions will remain unpredictable. One day they are thinking about returning to their friends and teachers at school, and the next, they are told they won't be returning for another few months. Because of this, our children's emotional needs have never been greater. And while the uncertainty of everything is still present, what we do know is that we must prepare our children, emotionally, for a return to school, whenever that may be. For those that return to a brick and mortar school, they may experience some separation ....

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  • Preparing Children to Return to School – A Social Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School – A Social Approach

    Over the past few months, interactions have been minimal, and our social skills are rusty. Since prolonged school closures have a negative impact on children’s social development, we are now faced with how to regain skills while moving forward with new skills. Though some children will return to a brick-and-mortar school, others will virtually engage with teachers and classmates. But no matter how they attend school in the beginning, all children will return to in person classes eventually, so w e must prepare them now so they can feel confident as they re-engage with friends, classmates, and teachers when the time comes. The extended time away from school, in conjunction with ....

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  • Resilience: Helping Children and Teens Build Coping Skills

    Resilience: Helping Children and Teens Build Coping Skills

    Stress is a significant part of our lives today. And while we all experience it, children and teens have a more difficult time managing it. Academic pressure, social tensions, family stressors, etc. all impact a young person’s mental well-being. For this reason, it’s important for parents to help their children develop coping skills by guiding them through tough times instead of jumping in to save them from any discomfort that may come along. Children and teens often present stress as what adults call a meltdown or a tantrum. Psychologists call it “flooding.” This happens when a wave of strong, negative emotions flood in and rational thinking goes out the door. The ....

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  • Mindful Tips to Use When Kids Don’t Want to Attend Class

    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. Be attentive to what your child is doing in 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. Be attentive to your own projection of emotions as you get your child ready for ....

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  • Punishment vs. Discipline

    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 teach. It’s understandable that we ....

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  • Empowering vs Enabling – The Fine Line of Parenting

    Empowering vs Enabling – The Fine Line of Parenting

    We live in a competitive world and most parents would jump at the chance to give their child every advantage imaginable. The world can also be unkind and, as parents, we feel a need to protect our children from everything possible. And yes, parents are supposed to help and protect their children but when does supporting children turn into overhelping? The difference between the two is a very fine line and is often very difficult to decipher. Responsible parenting means proving food, clothing, and shelter, giving attention and love, and protecting our children from danger. It does not mean doing everything for them and protecting them from anything that may bring them grief. This ....

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  • Brain Development for 18 – 36 Months

    Brain Development for 18 – 36 Months

    Healthy brain development is one of the most important aspects of childhood development. More specifically, the first few years of life are a significant time for this because synaptic connections are at a peak level. This is the time when positive and nurturing experiences are vital so that the brain can form strong networks that set the foundation for learning. By understanding the importance of early synaptic connections, parents realized that having their children participate in enriching programs, such as Mini SKILLZ, that assist in this development is worthwhile. Synapses are connections between neurons that transmit signals to each other in the brain. Around 2 to 3 years old, ....

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  • How Parental Involvement Increases Child Success

    How Parental Involvement Increases Child Success

    Parents are an essential element to their child’s success in anything . The enthusiasm and support , or lack thereof, of a parent can make or break a child’s accomplishments . In SKILLZ martial arts, it is even more essential that parents be involved as part of the teaching team s ince the SKILLZ system applies child development and psychology . This approach can create extreme success for a child when their parents appreciate the program and are involved in the process. Parents that enroll their children in martial arts want to see them succeed but most ....

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  • How To Manage Your Child’s Temperament

    How To Manage Your Child’s Temperament

    Temperament is the way a child reacts to their environment and how they regulate emotions. Psychiatrists Dr. Stella Chess and Dr. Alexander Thomas identified nine dimensions of temperament that they felt were significant when determining how a child relates with the world. One of the nine, adaptability, plays a huge role in how children transition through changes around them. Understanding how this plays a role in the different types of temperament is key for parents, teachers, and coaches. Within their research, Dr. Chess and Dr. Thomas identified three types of temperament: easy, difficult, and slow to warm up. In regards to adaptability, children with an easy temperament are able to ....

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  • The Importance of Bilateral Coordination on Physical and Cognitive Skills

    The Importance of Bilateral Coordination on Physical and Cognitive Skills

    The development of a child can be one of the most fascinating things to watch unfold. From infants mirroring movements to toddlers and children mastering high level developmental skills, the growth they experience in a short time is astounding. And while all skills are important for children to master, bilateral coordination is an important prerequisite for development of a variety of motor and cognitive skills. A key component to the development of bilateral coordination is body awareness. This involves proprioception and refers to the ability to know where your body is in the environment without using your vision. The vestibular system also comes into play with the development of this ....

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