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Respect

Kids Martial Arts in Coppell - Coppell Taekwondo Academy

One of the most important things you can teach your students is respect. Some teachers think that

respect is the same thing as obedience. Children will obey a teacher because they are afraid, but if

they respect you, they will obey you because they know that you know what is best for them.

Here is a guideline regarding children and respect based on age:

 

• With children ages 3 and 4; they are just learning how to act appropriately with others. Teach them

how to have good manners such as saying "please" and "thank you."

 

• With children ages 5 and 6; they are learning that the way they act will have an affect on others,

both positively and negatively. Teach them how to have good sportsmanship.

 

• With children ages 7 and 9; they are becoming more independent and making their own decisions.

Teach them about self-respect.

 

• With children ages 10 and up; they are at an age where identity and popularity becomes important.

Teach them about having respect for their friends by not gossiping or bullying.

 

Children can learn respect simply by following your good example. Make sure that you do not talk

down to your students, embarrass them, or belittle them. This will only make them shut down.

Another way to build respect is to give them a chance to make decisions and give their point of view.

Also make sure you reinforce respectful behavior when it is demonstrated in your class. As an instructor,

if you can nurture a respectful environment on your training mat, then your students will naturally

become more respectful and it will carry over to other areas of their life.




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