Let’s talk for a minute about birthday gifts. What are you getting your kid this year? A skateboard? A video game? How about martial arts training?
It’s a sad fact, hundreds of thousands of kids suffer from bullying, often quietly. In some cases this leads to depression and suicidal thoughts. It can lead to bullycide – or the act of taking one’s own life to escape bullying. And while it is rare, that doesn’t matter to parents who don’t get to plan another birthday for their son or daughter.
Let’s be clear, victims are NEVER to blame for the actions of their attacker. But knowing what bullies seek out can help kids avoid being targets. The thing is that bullies look for kids who are not confident. Children who look unsure of themselves are chosen by bullies. Kids who are self-conscious and lack assurance are often picked on too.
Sometimes kids aren’t confident because they don’t feel good in their bodies. It’s pretty normal to have body issues when childhood is all awkward phases and puberty. Raising kids to be body-positive no matter what their shape or size is the ultimate goal. But if your child would enjoy getting in shape and building muscle, then martial arts is the best way to do it. And with strength comes confidence.
And with strength also comes the ability to defend yourself.
Self-defense is one of the most important benefits of martial arts training. In today’s society, bullies aren’t the only ones who target kids. Predators do too. They lurk around schools in the hours before and after. They stalk children and wait to make their move. The best gift you can give your kid is a fighting chance.
So as you start thinking about your child’s next birthday, think about giving the gift of fitness and self-defense. Think about giving self-discipline and confidence that will create success in all aspects of life. Think about martial arts training at Bam Bam Martial Arts.