Helping Kids Resist Peer Pressure

Growing up can be tough for some kids. It’s a time when you aren't always sure of yourself and you’re trying your best to fit in with the other kids at school. There are definitely moments when kids can be susceptible to peer pressure. Many parents are worried that their child might do something wrong, not necessarily because their child is mischievous, but rather they fear a friend may negatively influence them.

 

Many factors play into how much a child can resist peer pressure for kids. The martial arts provide a large number of benefits for children and peer pressure is definitely one of them. Here are the many ways martial arts help kids resist peer pressure.

 

Self-Discipline

Discipline is one of the most important traits the martial arts impart on students. The difficulty of martial arts requires students to develop the discipline to truly practice martial arts at a high level. We’ve talked about how to instill martial arts discipline in your students and this will be key to developing the discipline required to ward off peer pressure for kids.

 

A lack of focus can also contribute to boredom, which is a big factor in mischievous behavior. Martial arts can help increase focus, helping resist peer pressure for kids. On top of all the other benefits, martial arts can also help children learn better in school and within life in general.

 

Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

Low self-esteem during adolescence has been shown to predict poor health, criminal behavior, and limited economic prospects during adulthood. Martial arts is a big boost for self-confidence in kids. It gives them an opportunity to learn the importance of believing in yourself and giving it all you got.

 

The self-esteem and self-confidence that comes with successful belt testing and achieving higher levels, techniques and skills helps people in many different ways. This self-confidence translates to all areas of their life, as they are no longer held back by their worries and insecurities. A strong level of self-esteem is what will allow your child to make their own decisions, even if that means they’re not doing the cool thing.

 

Respect

One of the most important lessons taught to kids who practice martial arts is how serious violence is and how it is a last resort only. At surface level, for those not familiar with martial arts, it may seem that various martial arts practitioners are promoting violence in youth. However, martial arts teaches respect first. Violence is okay in self-defense but there are no circumstances where your teachings should guide you to attack another person. Most schools will banish any students that violate this rule and for good reason.

 

Make sure you keep your young students engaged. Check out our past blog post on how to keep young students coming back to class. Have you thought about hosting an after-school martial arts program? It can make a big, positive difference to the kids in your community, while generating you some extra revenue.

 

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