The following describes some ideals that every child needs to possess to become a happy, productive adult, and how Taekwondo helps parents help their children attain them.
Children must be taught that a fit, healthy lifestyle is the accumulation of good habits. Three components make up a healthy lifestyle: exercise, nutrition, and hygiene and grooming. Taekwondo helps parents with the exercise component and may provide assistance with the other two components. Taekwondo instructors tell children how eating healthy will make them better warriors and instructors require that children have proper hygiene and grooming while in class.
Children must be taught to "self-manage" their own actions. If parents do not establish boundaries, or if they establish boundaries and are not consistent in enforcing them, they make it difficult for their children to learn self-control. Children get the idea that boundaries are flexible. Taekwondo has rules of behavior that are strictly enforced. If children want to continue training and competing with their friends, they must learn to control their behavior or pay the consequences.
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