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  • Let your kids "fail" on their own

    Let your kids "fail" on their own

    So often we think failure is final and that our children will lose their self-confidence if they don't succeed the first time at each thing they try. Just like building stronger muscles requires struggling against weights that are not easy to lift, and just like babies learning to walk requires falling down and getting up, and learning to write or play an instrument or cook or build something, learning to overcome challenges requires practice ... often with failures along the way. When we step in to make things easy for our child, to fix any problems they may encounter, we are sending them the message that we know they don't have the ability to do it themselves. THAT is what hurts their ....

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  • 2020 and ... Gratitude?

    2020 and ... Gratitude?

    Can we really be expected to feel grateful during a year like this one?! It's way easier to come up with a list of things to be thankful for when life is going well. The challenge can be to recognize blessings when it feels like nothing is going the way we planned. As I tell our Hilliard Taekwondo Academy students, you tend to find what you look for, and right now it's easy to find plenty of things to complain about. It may take a little more work to find things that make us feel gratitude and joy, but those things are there. I saw a meme that asked us to consider what life would be like if we woke up one morning and only had the things we'd expressed gratitude for the ....

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    Who doesn't admire the power of courage, grit and determination? Who doesn't want to see those qualities when they look in the mirror? Who doesn't want to see them take root and bloom in their family? But we don't become courageous, we don't develop grit, our determination doesn't show itself when things are easy. It's like wanting our muscles to become stronger without the challenge of struggling to lift weights. It takes scary times, hard times, challenging times ... times like the past several months, and the months ahead ... for our true courage and grit and determination to be needed, to be tested and to have the opportunity to become stronger and stronger. And ....

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