Final Post…when Kids Want to Quit: The Valuable Lessons in Sticking with Martial Arts (Or Any Activity)

kids yelling "I want to quit"

As parents, we’ve all been there. Your child enthusiastically starts a new activity, like martial arts, with boundless energy and excitement. They wear their uniform with pride, attend classes diligently, and seem unstoppable. But then, the inevitable happens: they express their desire to quit. Suddenly, that uniform gathers dust, and the once-beloved activity becomes a distant memory. So, what should you do when your child wants to quit?

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It’s essential to remember that this situation isn’t unique to martial arts; it can happen with any activity. Whether it’s sports, music lessons, dance, or art classes, the quitting dilemma can be a valuable learning opportunity for both you and your child. Here’s why you might want to consider encouraging them to stick with it, even when the going gets tough:

**7. Finishing What You Start:** 

Encouraging your child to finish what they’ve started, within reason, teaches them the value of commitment. It reinforces the idea that quitting should be a thoughtful decision, not a knee-jerk reaction to challenges. 

Of course, it’s essential to maintain open lines of communication with your child. Discuss their reasons for wanting to quit and address any legitimate concerns they may have. Sometimes, quitting might be the right choice, but it should be a decision made together, after careful consideration. 

In conclusion, when your child expresses a desire to quit an activity like martial arts, it can be an opportunity for them to learn valuable life lessons about resilience, goal-setting, discipline, patience, respect, and self-discovery. By encouraging them to stick with it a bit longer, you empower them to develop skills that will serve them well throughout their lives. Remember, it’s not about pushing them to continue against their will but guiding them towards making informed decisions about their commitments.

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