It might seem far-off, you might even still have snow on the ground! But before you know it, Summer will be here, and with it: longer days, no school, and lots of free time for kids. It’s never too early to start planning for the inevitable joys and challenges of Summer!
Summer is a time for fun, yes, but while our kids have so much time on their hands, parents can end up overwhelmed and over-committed just trying to balance busy lives with the time demands of bored kids. And we don’t want them to just sit inside all day glued to digital devices, either, but kids today have to be much more alert than earlier generations. Watching the local news can terrify any parent, but with some simple safety strategies and carefully planned activities, we can face these challenges and feel much more confident about our children’s safety AND the quality of their Summer experience!
Here are some essential safety tips you can teach your child NOW:
5 Heroic Kids Who Saved Their Lives with Martial Arts
Posted: April 28, 2019
Kidnappers. Bullies. Adults who just want to start fights, even with kids. Every parent’s nightmare! We like to focus on the positive benefits of martial arts such as physical fitness, mental clarity, self-confidence, better grades and so forth- but the reality is that there is plenty of danger in the world, and martial arts can help you prepare your child for situations that range from difficult to life-threatening. These five kids found themselves in a bad spot, but because of their martial arts training, they were better equipped to handle what was happening, and may have even saved their own lives!
GEORGIA’S KARATE KID
Halloween Safety Tips for Parents, Pt. 1: Halloween Preparations
Posted: October 11, 2018
As we reach the end of October, the weather grows colder, the leaves change color and all the spooky ghosts and ghouls prepare for trick or treating fun!
As parents, you want your little ones to have a fun, memorable and – above all else – safe Halloween. Here’s a complete safety checklist:
Safe Costume Selection
10 Tips Parents Can Use to Build Confidence & Leadership in Kids
Posted: October 11, 2018
Every parent wants happy, healthy and confident kids.
Here at Parlin ATA Martial Arts, our instructors feel that teaching kids martial arts can help build self-confidence in children of all ages. The techniques we practice at our school help children become accurate in their movements, skilled in their learning and confident in their martial arts skills.
As a parent, here are some suggestions on how you can can instill self-confidence in your children at home:
Halloween Safety Tips for Parents, Pt. 2: Night of Halloween
Posted: October 05, 2018
Halloween night is supposed to be filled with scares – but only scares of the pretend variety. Unfortunately, Halloween night poses a few unique risks for kids of any age. Here’s a complete checklist for keeping your little monsters safe while they’re out trick or treating.
Safety in Numbers
Children 12 and under should be accompanied by a parent or other trusted adult. When out trick or treating, accompany younger children to the door. Also, never let children enter the home or car of any stranger. Kids 13 and older are usually mature enough to trick or treat with a group of their friends. However, you want to make sure they only trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods. Be sure those communities and areas are well-lit with sidewalks, crosswalks and other pedestrian-friendly features.