In a day and age where intense competition rules the world, teaching our children the value of not quitting has become a requirement for their ultimate success as self-reliant, capable, caring, and responsible citizens. As the experts always say, it’s best to start early. Young children have the most curious and inquisitive minds which allow them to learn faster. So the sooner you teach your children not to be quitters, the better they’ll remember it and apply it in their lives.
The value of effort
One of the biggest errors made by parents is that they focus on a child’s natural ability to do things rather than the effort he or she puts in. This sends out a wrong message to our children that it is their inherent ability that matters, not what they do. Teaching your children the benefits of putting in effort allows them to learn the values of hard work. No matter how little or great the effort, praising and positively reinforcing your children for their work teaches them to face problems head on.
Failures are a part of our lives and they teach us where we went wrong and what not to do. One of the key steps in teaching your children not to give up is to also teach them how to accept failures, defeat, and loss. If you child has not performed well in school or has misbehaved, ask them to analyze what they’ve done and where they went wrong. Giving into your child’s tantrums and allowing them to quit only sends them the message that they are incapable of succeeding.
Karate is not for quitters!
One of the best ways to teach your child the values of not quitting is to teach them the art of karate. Karate is an ancient form of martial arts that originated in Japan centuries ago, along with related disciplines – some similar, some unique – from the Far East and Middle East as well. Contrary to popular belief, karate is not just a form of self-defense. It definitely does not condone or elicit violent behavior. It is a brilliant art form that teaches its learners discipline and focus. When you enroll your children for karate classes, you give them the opportunity to learn the true value of hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
Karate takes years to master and requires absolute focus and discipline. Apart from all of this, karate also provides a platform for your children to interact and compete with other children, teaching them the importance of sportsmanship and healthy competition. More important than fun or sport, your children will learn the priceless message of what not giving up means.