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Posted: December 02, 2015

Today’s children face more threats and dangers than at any other time in history. Never mind the crowded streets, dangerous criminals, unhealthy snacks, excessive time in front of the television, and other problems both direct and indirect. One of the most serious problems the youth of today face is the threat of bullying. From kindergarten through high school, children of all ages face bullies on a daily basis. So what are the best steps for defending yourself against a bully? Here are the top 5 ways your kids can avoid a bully:

1) Don’t let them stand out. Bullies are like animals attracted to weak prey or bright colors. In other words, bullies look for easy or obvious targets. If your child wants to avoid being bullied, make sure you talk to them about not being obnoxious, rude, extravagant, or loud at school. Being known for something obnoxious at school (like squirting milk out of his or her nose every lunch period) is a sure way to attract both good and bad attention.

2) Ignore bullies. As simple as that sounds, it really works. While that does not mean your kids should ignore someone in need of immediate help (and not call a teacher if another child is being bullied), it does mean they should ignore any remarks bullies make. Bullies live for reactions, and if your child doesn’t react, the bully will probably move on.


Posted: December 01, 2015

It’s no secret that kids have seemingly unlimited energy, which can sometimes get out of control if not channeled appropriately. If you are looking for an activity for your children to participate in after school to use up this energy while learning valuable life skills in the process, taekwondo or karate classes for kids will get the job done.

While similar, taekwondo and karate are not the same. Karate originated in Japan, while taekwondo came from Korea. Both styles are thousands of years old and teach self-defense moves, but taekwondo focuses more on competition and sparring skills.

In karate competitions, equal points are awarded for kicks and punches, but in taekwondo, kicks receive more points and therefore are the main focus. The word “taekwondo” itself means “the way of the hand and foot” and it is often explained simply as the “kicking art.” In addition to kicking technique, taekwondo teaches breaking power and how to split wood and bricks with nothing but bare hands and feet.

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