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Back to School Tips

Posted: August 06, 2019

Back to School Tips for Parents

Summertime is coming to an end, and with that comes all of the back to school anxiety and jitters that are common amongst children. Your child may experience common physical effects of anxiety associated with back to school time including symptoms from stomachaches to sleeping problems. They will also experience emotional stress from the fear of making new friends, meeting new teachers, fears of being bullied, the pressure of making good grades, and worries of being unpopular. With that said, it important for parents to first remember that these physical and emotional feelings are very common, and even the most well-adjusted kids are bound to feel some sort of pressure when they return to school.

The question becomes: what can parents do to help their children cope with the physical and emotional stresses associated with the back to school season? In this article, I will provide you with some tips that I’ve shared with parents in the past that have deemed to be very helpful.


Dopamine Effects on the Brain

Posted: July 16, 2019

The Key to Increased Motivation and Focus in Children and Teens

Have you ever wondered why children and teens seem to be so addicted to their smartphones and other devices? Parents are frustrated with their children’s lack of attention and motivation but what do their devices have to do with this? The answer is found in science!

Often referred to as the “motivator molecule,” dopamine is a “feel good” chemical that is released in the brain which helps us focus and feel motivated. When dopamine levels are low, it can result in symptoms such as difficulty focusing, decreased motivation, trouble problem-solving, and social anxiety. Therefore, many ADHD medications target dopamine levels.


Summer Time Parenting Tips

Posted: June 21, 2019

Summertime Parenting Tips

By now summer is in full swing and we hope that everyone is taking advantage of our summer camps here at Master Parks Black Belt America. If you are looking for something fun to keep your ninja occupied this summer feel free to find us at the front desk or give us a call and ask about all the cool things going on this summer!

Today I wanted to offer a few tips on how to keep boredom at bay this summer! These are simple tips that you can implement NOW, and will help set your ninja up for success.


Benefits of Martial Arts Training over the Summertime

Posted: May 23, 2019

Benefits to Martial Arts Training Over Summertime

During the school season teachers, assistants, and counselors are focused on helping your children learn and grow. But what happens during the summer season when these people are not around? It makes sense that as a parent you would want your child to maintain some level of growth and development over the summer in order to limit or prevent your child from losing a lot of the skills gained over the last school season. This includes growth and development in the following areas: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially.

With that said, one of the very best options is to keep your child active through a solid martial arts program such as Martial Arts. Whether your child is currently active in a martial arts program and you are considering giving him/her a break from training over the summer, or you are seeking some sort of activity to get your child involved in, consider the benefits of Martial Arts training over the summer before you make a decision. To make your job easier, we have selected four of the top benefits and provided an overview of each one below.


Does Exercise make you HAPPIER?

Posted: May 16, 2019

The old adage “money can’t buy happiness” might not be true if you buy a treadmill, hire a personal trainer or sign up for a gym membership.

A new study published in The Lancet explored the connection between exercise and mental health. The researchers analyzed data from more than 1.2 million adults and found that those who got regular exercise experienced less stress, depression and emotional turmoil than sedentary adults.

It’s the latest research to find a connection between exercise and happiness — but the study published in The Lancet had an interesting twist: Researchers found active adults were just as happy as sedentary adults who earned $25,000 more per year.


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