Teens Program in Peekskill, New York
A popular person is one who is liked by many people. It’s nice to be popular…but the pursuit of popularity can lead to trouble!
Heather says, “I want to be popular no matter what. I’ll do whatever it takes!
“Monica says, “I’d like to be popular, of course…but not at any price. I insist on being myself!”
As parents, the thought expressed by “Heather” is bound to make us uneasy. Monica, of course, expresses a healthier perspective. When popularity becomes TOO important to your child, problems arise.
Sometimes children will do things they know they shouldn’t do…because they are afraid of losing popularity. They may “cave in” to peer pressure. Other times, children will feel that they aren’t popular with the “right” crowd. They don’t appreciate their current friends.
Some kids believe that popularity is based on having the “right” clothes, or participating in the “right” activities. They lose their identity by following the crowd. When these types of popularity are attained, they are shallow and short lasting. They last only until the next “popularity test” comes up.
We teach young adults to be a person who does the right thing…no matter what other people think; and that loyalty, integrity, and kindness will lead to genuine popularity!
We teach them to treat all others, regardless of social status, with respect and courtesy. We teach them not to be tricked into doing things they know are wrong, in order to gain popularity. Above all, we continually teach them about the value and the importance of their relationship to their parents and siblings within their family. A young person who has a strong sense of pride won’t succumb to the pressure to be TOO popular. Popularity will come to your child when people recognize her or him as a person with integrity!
You see, here at Go No Sen Karate, we teach students to stand for something, so they don’t fall for anything
Tom Callos, who has been teaching Martial Arts for over 30 years, shares his experience and insight with parents who are considering enrolling their child in Karate. Take a minute or two to view the video and see all the great benefits the martial arts can offer.
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