This month we will concentrate on the character concept, “friendship.” Therefore, our power-chat discussions and activities will aim to help you understand what friendship really is (and isn’t!) and how to be a reliable, trustworthy, helpful friend to others.

Watch as Dr. Robyn Silverman, founder of the Powerful Words program used here at our school, explains a little more about this month’s theme:

Friendship is crucial to children’s normal social and emotional development. Through friendships, children learn how to share and compromise, give and take, assert themselves and li$sten, solve problems and think critically and so much more. Good friends can be some of our best teachers both in childhood and adulthood.

Research tells us that there are enormous benefits of friendship from better stress management to better overall health. Recently, a study revealed that friends may even curb eating out of boredom. Socializing, the researchers explain in the January 2010 addition of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, becomes a substitute for unhealthy lifestyles. In particular, the study, along with some others, implies that meaningful relationships with friends can help to decrease sedentary behavior and increase active leisure activities such that friendships can promote or encourage an active lifestyle.

Friendship is an important word to bring up for December since it’s a time when many different people around the world celebrate cultural and religious holidays. Many of our friends may celebrate different holidays from us– or the same holidays differently from us. We encourage our students to be curious and open to learning about these differences and share their favorite things about their own holiday traditions with their friends.

Here are the Powerful definitions of friendship for this month:

Young students: We care and share with each other!
Older students/teens/adults: A relationship we choose based on mutual $interest, fun, respect, and trust.

During the four weeks of December we will be discussing the following:

(1) Week 1: What is friendship? What it means to be a good friend.

(2) Week 2: How do we cope with conflict? Arguments, bullying, and empathy.

(3) Week 3: When should I be loyal? Popularity, bullying, and risky behavior

(4) Week 4: How do I understand differences? Prejudice, acceptance, holidays and traditions.

As always, one of the best ways to reinforce Powerful Words is by modeling strength of character ourselves. Show and share with your children how you can be a good friend to someone and how you ask to be treated
within your friendships. Demonstrate conflict resolution as well as other friendship skills along with acceptance and understanding of differences.

We thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best Martial Arts and personal development centers in the world.

At Sidekicks Family Martial Arts Centers, we believe that the personal development aspects of martial arts trianing is just as important as the physical.  This is why every Little Dragon, Juniors, and Youth class features these Powerful lessons that are age-appropriate and easy to understand.  Upcoming Powerful Words in the coming months include: January: Vision, February: Fairness, and March: Confidence. 

To learn more about how we can help your family live full out, I suggest participating in our Free Trial Program, which is risk free and will give you or your young ones an opportunity to participate in a class (one on one with an instructor) to really see if this is right for you.  To learn more, give us a call at (813) 661-2224 or fill out the form in the sidebar to the right.

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