It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. -Frederick Douglass
Parenting is the most important job you will ever have. The world needs you.
If you survive the infant stage (and your friends and family are still speaking to you after a year of erratic behavior, all blamed on sleep deprivation) you see a glimpse of normal life again.
But then the terrible two’s hit you head on. Suddenly you’re wondering where in the world is that stupid stork? He clearly forgot to include the instruction manual when he delivered the baby.
Your child starts school, and you realize this is only the beginning. You want them to function as a positive member of society. To be happy. To make a difference in this big, bad world.
But under tremendous pressure, and influence of peers and culture today, kids are being conditioned to believe in the “American Happiness Formula”: look good + perform well + approval = happiness.
Instead of happiness, we are seeing an alarming rate of stress, anxiety, and depression. Not only in our children, but in our adults! The formula doesn’t work.
One of my best parenting decisions to date was enrolling my son in martial arts at age four. The physical training is incredible preparation for team sports. More importantly, though, is the personal growth I’ve seen and continue to observe in him.
My little guy has grown from disruptive, self-centered preschooler into a focused, confident, and compassionate second grader. His martial arts training plays a key role in his ongoing development.
When I learned my son’s teacher, Jonathan Hewitt, was writing a book on parenting I couldn’t wait to read it. Founder of Life Ki-do in Austin, Texas, Sensei Jonathan has developed a Tools for Life system.
Integrating 20 years of experience teaching life skills and martial arts, 25 years of mindfulness and meditation study, and data and research from modern psychology and neuroscience, the system is made up of four components:
- River Check-in for improving focus
- River Effort for building confidence and a strong sense of self
- A-B Formula for developing resilience when facing life’s challenges
- My Shoes, Your Shoes, Our Shoes for cultivating social intelligence
In addition to teaching you how to implement these tools, Sensei Jonathan combines the system with four parenting pillars:
- Unconditional Love & Acceptance
- Nurturing & Empowering Encouragement
- Empowering Discipline
I found the book to be extremely practical. The ideas and techniques are easy to understand and apply. The best review comes from my seven year old, who says, “Life Ki-do has taught me how to deal with stressful situations. It’s just so amazing I can’t talk about it!”
To help others reduce stress in their parenting lives, I’m giving away 5 signed copies of Life Ki-do Parenting: Tools to Raise Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out. To get a chance at snagging one, you must take the following three actions:
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On Friday, July 27, I will select five people, based solely on my evaluation of their comments. If you are chosen to receive the book, I will contact you via email. If you don’t hear from me, you can assume you weren’t selected.
Don’t fret if you’re not selected. I plan to give a free copy of my new eBook, Engage Your Core, to ALL of my subscribers later this year. Stay tuned!
Cheers to raising great kids! Now excuse me while I go practice my Ninja Breathing.