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Empathy is a tricky skill set.  We all have different levels of empathy for different reasons. In order to understand another person’s perspective and emotional reactions, we have to understand our own thoughts, values and feelings and also be able to know the difference.  It requires self-awareness and the ability to temper one’s own response in certain situations.  And you have to care about others in order to truly want to understand and practice genuine empathy.  All very worthwhile traits that take practice.  Teaching kids these skills are paramount and with time and effort strong empathetic skills can be learned.

A great start is to have a secure and safe environment at home.  Kids that are confident their needs will be met are more likely to want to help and understand the needs of others.  Teach your child how to handle negative emotions and solve their issues without lashing out.  Behavior is greatly influenced by emotions and feelings.  Explain the connection so your kids understand how emotions lead to actions.

Model empathy whenever possible – discuss the feelings of others in everyday situations, in stories or on TV.  Help your child find commonality with others so they can relate.  Another suggestion is to take advantage of emotional moments to practice empathetic skills…. it’s hard to empathize with hunger and world starvation when you are full.  But when kids are hungry, it’s a great time to discuss how starving people all over the world must feel all.

Young kids learn about reading emotions through visual input- watching expressions of others. It has been proven that by imitating a facial expression, the actual emotions can follow – changes in brain activity, heart rate, temperature, etc..   Imitating facial expressions can be a great tool for building and understanding the power of empathy.

Help you kids develop a sense of morality that stems from values – not material rewards.  Empathy comes from a genuine place of sincere feelings.  It is not self-serving or developed through bribes.  Good people can be persuaded to do bad things.  Teach your kids about morality and staying true to what they know is right versus wrong.

Inspire your children by showing emotions, and practicing empathy with them as well as others.  It’s well worth the effort and will help them in future relationships for the rest of their lives.

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If you would like more info on how you can help your child develop positively and thrive, contact the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy @ 561-926-1846 or www.brkka.com.

Visualization ivisualization photos simply creating mental images.  These images can be created through reading, writing or an actual experience.  Visualization links knowledge/experience with imagination.  It is a strategy often used to enhance understanding and assist meeting certain goals in life.  If you can picture the success, you can achieve it.

In today’s world, our kids are so overwhelmed with imagery on TV and through video games, imagination isn’t heavily tapped into and visualization is limited.  But when reading or writing, visualization brings the story to life, greatly increasing comprehension.

Visualization is a skill that must be taught.  Start by reading with your kids, then sharing how you visualize a story or paragraph.  Then let your kids give it a try.  Tell them to close their eyes and tell you what picture their imagination has created.  Use the senses – how does it feel, smell, look, sound….

Then apply this technique to goals.  How would it feel and look and sound to meet that specific goal?  Can you picture yourself doing this?

If they’ve seen it in their imagination clearly and often, confidence in moving forward toward that goal naturally follows.  It is said that success happens twice;  first mentally and then followed physically.

If you would like more info on how you can help your child develop positively and thrive, contact the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy @ 561-926-1846 or www.brkka.com.

Keep the kids active over the winter break with the martial arts! They learn self-defense, focus, respect, self-control and confidence and have a great time doing it while burning energy! Try our classes at Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Special “Winter Break Fun” Rates available in December 2013 and January 2014 only!  Call today for early registration….. 561-926-1846   http://www.brkka.com

There’s no better time than now to commit to good health and exercise.  Get ready for the last (and best) promotion of 2013 for the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  3 months (paid upfront) for only $197, including a uniform.  New students only…

Try the martial arts – karate is a fun and fast way to improve cardio, tone your body and learn some important self-defense techniques.  PLUS kids will learn better focus, listening skills and self confidence. This will be a limited-time offer and only available through January 2014– (new students only please).

Keep the kids active over the winter break with the martial arts! They learn self-defense, focus, respect, self-control and confidence and have a great time doing it while burning energy! Try our classes at Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Special “Winter Break Fun” Rates available in December 2013 and January 2014 only!  Call today for early registration….. 561-926-1846   http://www.brkka.com

Time to burn some of that energy, improve listening skills and focus plus learn valuable self-defense! Try a class at the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy. Great classes, knowledgeable instructors and a fun, energetic group will keep you motivated. FREE 30 DAYS!. Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment. 561-926-1846 http://www.BRKKA.com

The Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy teaches afterschool programs off-site every week at several different venues including local elementary and middle schools in Boca and Delray as well as the Boca Raton YMCA.

If it’s difficult to schedule kids’ activities in addition to getting kids to and from school each day, look into the afterschool programs offered at your schools and see what’s available.

It’s a great solution for those parents whose schedule doesn’t allow them to drive kids to activities prior to getting off work at 5 or 6 at night. They go right from school to aftercare and then to karate. They do their homework in aftercare, and then get exercise, learn valuable skill sets and have a great time with their school friends in the program!

If your school doesn’t offer afterschool karate or the martial arts, get in touch the afterschool director and request the program be added to the venue. It’s very popular and kids greatly benefit in many ways – focus, self-discipline, listening skills, respect, self-defense and much more!

Interested in our afterschool program? Give the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy a call for a proposal!

Time to burn some of that energy, improve listening skills and focus plus learn valuable self-defense! Try a class at the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy. Great classes, knowledgeable instructors and a fun, energetic group will keep you motivated. FREE 30 DAYS!. Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment. 561-926-1846 http://www.BRKKA.com