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Dr. Julie Koch, Wilkes Pediatric Clinic reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
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My son and daughter have been students of Master Matheny for 5-6 years. It’s helped with their concentration at school. They’ve learned discipline and focus, which extends into their academic and extracurricular activities. I’ve also been pleased to see the confidence it has built in them. I have been very impressed with Master Matheny's teaching style. He balances encouragement and enthusiasm with discipline and expecting the most from his students.

Kevin Brown, Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
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'SKILLZ Martial Arts is helping to teach my son great life lessons and skills through karate. Andrew is pumped each and every time he goes to karate and his confidence and skills are growing each week.'

Debbie Adams Marley reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
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Our son is enrolled for his first time in martial arts and he loves it at Skillz Martial Arts. The atmosphere is great, the instructors are awesome and the programs are designed to cater to each age group. I highly recommend this dojo!

Christie Collins reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
5
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"I like the way my children are learning to be more attentive, developing good self-esteem and gaining skills to help them during their entire lifetime"

Lola Mills reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
5
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"It is a good stress reliever and a lot of fun! As a young woman, the classes teach me ways to protect myself, and knowledge that I can carry throughout life.

Chad Whitley reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
5
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“My children love learning karate at SKILLZ Martial arts! All of the instructors are amazing! The classes are well structured and designed to teach skills that are developmentally appropriate for different age levels. My children were having so much fun, I decided to try the adult class, and now I'm having a blast as a martial arts student as well!”

Jennifer Johnson reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
5
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“My 6-year-old really enjoys his karate class. It has helped him learn to focus and pay attention. Also, it has helped his self-confidence. I am very pleased with his lessons. I would highly recommend Skillz Martial Arts to anyone interested in improving self-esteem, self-control, and self-discipline for their child. Master Scott is a wonderful role model that the kids look up to and respect."

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Leading by Example – The Power of Self-Care in Parenting

Parents have always served as the first, and typically, the most important role model for their children, even though family members, teachers, and coaches have a significant impact on a child’s development as well. However, in the wake of the pandemic, these people have had less of a presence in children’s lives which ultimately left parents without the additional support they typically depend on. Combined with the stressors that have come with the pandemic, parental self-care has taken a back burner and bad habits are being observed and learned by children.

The goal of parenting is to raise happy and healthy individuals with strong moral and ethical views and behaviors. For this reason, parents often establish rules for their children to follow, limit exposure to too much media, and work to instill life skills that provide children the tools to be the best version of themselves. But often in times of unrest, parents have difficulty modeling what they expect their children’s behaviors to show. They instead follow the motto “do as I say, not as I do.” Unfortunately, this leads to confusion for children and can often create frustration.

To alleviate any potential problems this confusion may present, it’s important for parents to practice self-care. Like the airplane rule of putting the oxygen mask on yourself before your child, parents must take care of themselves in order to be the best for their children. To do this, parents need to preserve their mental and physical wellbeing so they can model healthy behaviors and better support their children during these difficult times.

Much like the SKILLZ program aims to help children develop in 4D, it’s important for parents to take care of themselves physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. This holistic approach to wellbeing demonstrates healthy role modeling for children and helps them develop beneficial behaviors and attitudes as a way of responding to the outside world. Especially in times of uncertainty and peril, it is even more important for parents to teach children powerful positive ways of living life through modeling.

An approach parents can take to initiate this self-care is by utilizing the Parent SKILLZ information. When parents are attuned to their own feelings and patient with themselves in the midst of multiple changes, it teaches their children positive coping skills. Adapting to new routines and creating consistency then allows parents to take care of themselves which gives them to ability connect with their children and have more forethought in their parenting. Creating these connections will nurture the parent-child bond and prompt positive role-modeling and learning.

Remember, children learn by observing so parents should lead by example. When parents are stressed and emotionally drained, they model behaviors that are contrary to what they intend to teach their children. And no, parents are not perfect and mistakes will be made. However, being mindful when these things happen can create opportunities to teach children humbleness and forgiveness which are invaluable life skills.