Being Thankful: Lead by Example

Being Thankful: Lead by Example

In a materialistic world, we sometimes let reality get away from us and end up dwelling on the things that we don’t have rather than the blessings that we do have.

We dwell on how our possessions define us, when what defines us is not what we own, but how we are.

It matters more than anything that a child sees their elders emulate the healthy qualities of character that make them into a well-rounded adult.

Helping Others

Talk about the things that you are thankful for in your life instead of what you wish you had, urge them to do the same, and then help them to understand that not everyone is as fortunate.

Even when a family is on a tight budget, small gestures to those in need can lead by example.

A lot of us have had bad times in our lives where someone helped us out, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of – if anything, it takes a strong person to admit that they need help, and a big heart to help others.

Ways to Start

Did you know that being thankful and showing gratitude can make you a happier, healthier person? Being having that attitude of gratitude can go a lot of good things for you physically and mentally – even to helping you get a better night’s sleep.

Here are some activities to help you start the season, and show how sharing one’s blessings is a way to show thankfulness for the blessings that you have.

  1. Make gratitude a habit. Start with writing an entry in a journal, or even having everyone in the family put a post it note on the refrigerator with something they feel grateful for.
  2. Take it social. In a world where some of the worst impulses make social media, use Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and other outlets to raise the subject.
  3. Don’t denigrate. Little children are grateful for simple things – a favorite toy, a friend, a favorite food. Don’t put them down for being grateful for different things than older kids and adults.
  4. Open up about the bad times in your life, and what helped you through – whether it’s a person or an organization – and how they helped you.
  5. Ask everyone at the end of the day what blessings they’ve given and what they’ve received from others.

Give Kids a Chance

You’ll find that kids are often much more generous, altruistic, and empathetic than adults, and the younger they start, the more the “attitude of gratitude” stays with them. 

Remember, you as a parent or parents are the principal influence in your kids’ lives. You have to demonstrate and live the behavior that you want them to emulate and be the change you want to see take hold.

You have to counter enormous cultural influences from the media, video games, and their peers to build a self-confident, emotionally resilient, and grounded human being.

It’s a hard job, because it demands the best of you, but you will raise amazing, connected, and ethical kids for the world’s future.

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Most frequent questions and answers about our Martial Arts Programs

A specific part of our preschool and kids martial arts classes at Park’s Taekwondo Federation in Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek (East Coral Springs), Plantation, Lake Worth FL is teaching respect, and teaching when to use their new self defense training and when to NOT use them.  We find that our students become more confident to stand up to bullies.  And have more humility and kindness to others though their martial arts lessons.

We encourage parents to watch their children in their kids martial arts lessons.  We love parents getting involved!  And so do their kids.  Even better… join into some of our martial arts classes for adults.   You’re kids will love that you have something in common.  It will build a strong family bond!

Additionally, if you wanted some ‘me-time’?  Simply drop them off, and go grab a coffee.  They will greet you with a huge smile when you return, because they had SO much fun!

No, not at all! 

We find that people start at varying fitness levels.  But, you will find that you do get fit by doing our Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek (East Coral Springs), Plantation, Lake Worth FL martial arts classes.  Isn’t that the point though?

A fun workout that gets results!

Truthfully, the journey to Black Belt is an individual one.  Everyone can progress at a different pace.  There is no judgement on students for how long it does take.  What we can tell you, is that it is SO WORTHWHILE! 

The self defense skills you will master can truly be life-saving!
However, the other benefits of striving for Black Belt, like perseverance, never giving up, commitment and self discipline lead to life-long success.

You will find that your Instructors at Park’s Taekwondo Federation are dedicated to helping you on your journey to Black Belt or whatever your personal goal may be.

We do only have a certain amount of space in our martial arts training area.  To take advantage of our limited time offer…. The fastest way is to fill in form . 

Additionally, you can always call us, we would love to chat with you about what we do, and if our martial arts classes would be a great fit for you and your family!

Simply choose which of our martial arts school locations is best for you:
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and choose the martial arts program you are interested in.  We’re looking forward to meeting you, and sharing our passion for martial arts with you.

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes you can do sport in!  Not really suitable to practice kicks in a skirt.😳

Be sure to bring a water bottle to your martial arts classes. 

You will find Park’s Taekwondo Federation in Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek (East Coral Springs), Plantation, Lake Worth FL have martial arts classes for kids and adults that are a great workout and lots of fun! 

Most students are grinning from ear to ear by the end of the class.  I am sure you will be too!

Not at all.  In fact, many students starting in our adult martial arts classes would describe themselves like that before they started.  So you will fit right in!

Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at how much you improve!  You’ll find that our very experienced martial arts Instructors, are trained to keep their teaching simple.  So even the most uncoordinated person will develop ‘ninja-like’ skills!  Come see for yourself!

Yes, our Instructors are very experienced in this new way of learning. We have found students in Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek (East Coral Springs), Plantation, Lake Worth FL and around the country really LOVE our virtual and online classes – as they can keep focussed without distractions of other students and recordings can be paused and rewound for additional clarification on techniques.

We have our in-person classes and online martial arts classes.

Depending on your membership, live streaming martial arts lessons and/or OnDemand recorded lessons are a perfect way for kids and adults to learn martial arts in the comfort of your own home. Some people choose a combination of in-person and online/virtual martial arts lessons in the Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek (East Coral Springs), Plantation, Lake Worth FL area.

Have a chat with one of our Instructors, to find the best solution for your martial arts journey.

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