Deciding to involve your kid in jiu-jitsu training is an important step in teaching them focus, confidence, and respect in a fun and unique environment. Though you, as a parent, certainly know the benefits of having them continue in their training, it can be easy for them to lose sight of the bigger picture.
In instances like these, it’s important to support your child and their growth while explaining why they should continue on, listening to their reasoning, and helping them learn along the way.
When your kid talks about their experience in class that day, listen to hear what they might not be saying out loud. They may be saying that they no longer like the class, but it might not be because of what they’re learning. In order to understand where they are coming from or what the root issue is, listen to the way they’re describing their disinterest to see if the problem is fundamental or social.
If they are hinting at struggling in class, find out ways that you can help them, or specific techniques you can be working on at home. They may also say they’re having a hard time fitting in or making friends, so you can work on ways to make sure they’re feeling welcome and accepted while being social.
Make sure your child knows that you’re proud of them for their efforts! Whether they’ve been doing a great job or struggling, it can be difficult for them to want to continue if they don’t feel like they’re at least making progress or that you’re proud of them for sticking with it. Verbalize this or provide incentives for a good job, like stickers at certain milestones.
If you’re interested in getting your child started in a martial arts program, reach out to us at Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. We’ll make sure they’re set up for success and that they have a great time learning a new skill and meeting new friends.