JJ seems to have done a lot of growing up lately. He has been quite agreeable, clever, fun, and funny. I can’t remember the last time he had a fit about something, and even Elia has noticed a difference in him!
He also started Tae Kwon Do several weeks ago, which he enjoys a lot. I don’t think it’s the Tae Kwon Do that has helped him with his recent change in demeanor and self-discipline; it just happened to be a good time to start Tae Kwon Do. Though, some parents might disagree with me.
I know many moms and dads put their kids in Tae Kwon Do specifically for its curriculum of discipline and respect. But their methods for teaching this is actually my least favorite part of the class. It’s very conditional, with a strong emphasis on being “good” and “obeying”. I’m all for learning discipline and respect; I just think there are more appropriate ways to teach it than pressuring kids to obey so they can earn a belt.
In the beginning, I didn’t think this class would be a good fit for us, but JJ loves learning the moves and playing the games. I decided that I can focus on that, the fun stuff, instead of the punishments and rewards, which is turning out to be easier than I thought.
At two classes per week, it sometimes feels like a chore to go, but once we’re there he loves every minute of it.
He has a smile on his face throughout the class, except when he’s doing his kicks and punches (when it’s a loud “Eeeaah!”), and the ten-second bouts of “mind focus,” during which he concentrates very hard.