Attention all parents and clients!
In light of the recent child abductions and several attempts in the area, the gym will be hosting a FREE 2 part child safety clinic next week. As you know, the gym isn’t that big so I am asking for you to RSVP you and your child(ren).
We will host a expert in child safety as well as local authorities. More information to follow.
- Part One will be conducted Wednesday, November 3rd at 5:30PM.
- Part Two will be conducted Saturday, November 6th at 10:00AM.
Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to arm your family with prevention. Feel free to invite other family members, just include them in your RSVP.
Thank you so much for helping us protect our children.
Bullying has always been a part of growing up. But how a child deals with it and the repercussions of dealing with bullying have changed dramatically.
Incidences of bullying vary in severity. One thing that’s certain is repeated attacks whether verbal, physical, written, or on the internet erode your child’s fragile self-esteem. The CDC linked bullying to isolation, drug use, violence, and suicide! But your child does not have to be a victim. Follow these tips…
Use The Secret Word to Stop Bullying Before it Starts
The assault can be verbal or physical, either way the first line of defense remains the same. It’s one word… Confidence! Here’s why; Bullies choose their victims much like a criminal would choose a victim.
They go for the easy and obvious target. So if your child looks like a kid who will get bullied, guess what, they’re going to get bullied. On the other hand if your child radiates self-confidence they are less likely to be a victim, it’s almost that simple!
Body Language is Key
Your child needs to walk with their head up; their shoulders square, and make eye contact with people. Just doing so, even if your child needs work on their self-esteem, will keep bullies away from them. This is easier said than done, but it can be learned. So having them change their body language (what they are saying non-verbally) will have a huge impact. Teaching this can serve as a quick fix. However, going to work on their self-confidence will have a greater long-term affect on keeping bullies away.
Embrace Your Role
Children get their first layer of self-confidence from parents. The love you show your child and the time you spend with them gives them their feelings of self-worth. It has been said that the number one role of parenting is to develop a self-confident individual.
Teach your child how to speak up clearly when they first meet someone. Teach them the importance of making eye-contact when they talk to you. Get them out of their comfort zone and have them explore new things. The more you have them confront fear and discomfort the more confident they will become.
The first few tips are meant to stop bullying before it starts. Now here’s what your child can do if the bully chooses them…
Create A Boundary When Confronted By A Bully
The next layer of defense is to create a boundary. Children can protect themselves with an assertive body posture: Feet apart a little, one foot in front, shoulders square, chin up, eye contact, and most importantly, hands up as if making a “Stop” Gesture! We call this our self-defense stance. Its purpose is to communicate neutrality, awareness and, assertiveness. This stance is designed to get them out of trouble.
Using Words Properly
Finally, your child will have to use their words. Simple phrases and commands said in an assertive voice will tell the bully that they will not be a victim. Simple commands like; “Stop, Back Off, Back Away!” Said in the right tone will stop the bully in his tracks!
Of course if none of the above works (and the truth is nothing works every time) then your child will have to defend themselves. But only if and when their safety is threatened.
Defeating the Cyber-Bully
Don’t Give Cyber-Bullies Ammunition
Text messaging and social network sites open up a whole new avenue for bullies. Sit down with your child and be sure they understand not to give the bullies any ammunition. Make them aware the minute they text someone or send an email those words can be taken out of context or used against them. Absolutely under no circumstances should your child ever send inappropriate photos of themselves or allow anyone else to take photos that go against good judgment.
Cyber-bullying can be stopped with confidence and respect just like physical bullying.
As you can see dealing with a bully has its challenges. There is no one way that works every time. However, when your child develops high levels of self-esteem and self-confidence a bully’s words or actions will role off them like water off a duck’s back.
Is your child being bullied?
Need help with your child’s self confidence?
Want your child to learn some self defense and life skills?
Call Me at 254-247-4999 for a special offer. Ends October 15, 2010
Welcome Alfonzo Brown!
We had a great time with Professor Jamel McCurry on Friday. I got to spend a few hours with him working on my own skill development as well as learning some new ways to move that will help protect my bad back. Next, he taught a cool kids class and had us all laughing.
Some of the instructional topics were:
- How posture in different positions can affect attempts to escape or transition
- Submission technique combination’s from transitions
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu theory and application
- Importance of “hooking” in positional control
- Lots more. Missed it? Shame on ya!
To top off the visit after the adult class; Professor Jamel promoted Coaches Lynn and Britt to Blue Belt. It was a great rewarding time.
Professor Jamel is a amazing instructor and his critical eye and extensive knowledge is going to be a great benefit to all of us. Can’t wait until the next trip!