We live in a time where technology holds a stronger presence over our kids more than ever!!!
Social Media platforms allow us to connect to the outside world in a way that was never possible before. We can see what our close friends, family, and acquaintances are up to. We can connect with people we love from across the globe. We can share positive and influential stories and personal experiences. But as many people as we may be able to reach and as much of a benefit as it may be to share our experiences, these platforms have created an environment and culture that influence the general public to over exaggerate, embellish and sometimes flat out lie about who we are and the lives we live.
With that said, Social media platforms are a breeding ground for anxiety and depression that stems from our children comparing themselves to other children and even vague inspirational figures who are not being genuine in everything they preach. Pre social media days, kids and adolescents used to compare themselves to other kids within their locality. Nowadays there is a boundless amount of people and figures that our children are constantly comparing themselves to, making it difficult to feel confident and grateful in who they are and their accomplishments.
Last and final point. Kids can now bully and harass one another even after the school day is over. Social media allows bullies to constantly bombard our kids with mean messages, videos and posts even in the comfort of their own homes and private spaces. This leaves our kids nowhere to go or run. They have even less opportunities to decompress or isolate themselves from their aggressors. Our virtual profile seems to carry more value than the actual character we portray in the tangible world and this is just added pressure influencing our kids into believing that they have to act or behave a certain way and feel as if they have to keep up with a never ending change of trends. No wonder there is an identity crisis in our youth!!!
As pessimistic as this may sound, there is a solution!!!
Social activities like Martial Arts are the solution to this widespread identity crisis!!!!!
Activities like Martial Arts have three main benefits:
They allow our kids to interact and engage with one another in person. Socializing in person allows our kids to get a more credible and genuine understanding of those around them.
Physical activities like martial arts promote a healthy understanding of competition. Teaching our kids the importance of competition allows them to distinguish the difference between a competitive nature and a constant desire to compare themselves to others.
Lastly, a martial arts gym provides a positive environment that reinforces the values and principles we wish our kids to implement and represent in the real world. Emotional control, acceptance of the uncontrollable and expression of respect and gratitude are values that must be practiced like brushing your teeth and eating your vegetables. And a martial arts gym allows our kids to consistently preach and practice these values.
Written by David Camacho, a child coaching expert and Professional MMA Fighter.”