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  • Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic  Part 2

    Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic Part 2

    Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic Part 2 We are all human and our responses to our current situation vary. Some have hunkered down and sorted through their new reality in a way that has motivated them to complete tasks and put new goals in place. Others have become increasingly overwhelmed and feel like they have no control over their lives at all. It’s important to note, however that there is not a right or wrong way to respond to what we have been presented with. It solely depends on each individual person and how they cope. And as parents are working to navigate their own emotions, they must also help their children manage their feelings. When ....

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  • Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic

    Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic

    Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic Part 1 As the pandemic carries on, our coping skills are starting to unravel. For many people, this has become the ultimate emotional test. As we continue to maintain our distance from each other, not only have our social lives been halted, but our emotional support is wavering as well. And while we have been living this reality for some time, it is not getting any easier. In fact, it is getting a bit harder, especially for children. In order to mitigate this emotional imbalance, it is important to put things into place to help them feel more stable. Understanding that feelings and responses to the same pandemic are going ....

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  • Boredom – An Essential Ingredient for Creativity

    Boredom – An Essential Ingredient for Creativity

    Remember when you wished the weekend would last forever? As weeks of the “shelter in place” order have passed, the eagerness for some “time off” has lost its spark. Children’s boredom is growing day by day and will continue, especially as many schools will be ending the school year earlier than normal. The rising monotony of each day brings about an increase in technology use to keep children occupied. What they should be doing, however, is embracing the boredom and allowing their creative juices to flow. When we are bored, we are more likely to engage in “sensation seeking.” A study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology states that ....

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  • One Reason the Pandamic might be Extra Challenging for Autistic Adults

    One Reason the Pandamic might be Extra Challenging for Autistic Adults

    One Reason the COVID-19 Pandemic Might Be Extra Challenging for Autistic Adults By Christine Motokane April 2, 2020 on https://themighty.com/ As everyone is well aware, the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc worldwide. As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, some states have declared lockdown orders and schools around the nation have closed for a long period of time. Due to the closures and restrictions (e.g. social distancing) to prevent the spread of this respiratory virus with potentially life-threatening complications, all of us (whether we are at high risk or not) are affected and have to adjust to a “new normal.” This means we are going to ....

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  • The Benefits of Virtual Training

    The Benefits of Virtual Training

    Although not new, virtual learning has increasingly become a more widely used approach, especially in the wake of the current pandemic. Nearly everyone has been directed to stay at home, which initially seemed like a vacation but quickly became an unwanted situation. With routines upended and everyone limited with access to activities, children are filled with an overabundance of pent up energy. The need for supportive, online resources is essential for parents and children. This is why engaging in WTK's SKILLZ virtual martial arts training is so beneficial. Virtual classes are a way for people to learn via an online platform. They have become more and more popular due to the evolvement ....

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  • Routines – Shifting Into A New Normal

    Routines – Shifting Into A New Normal

    The recent closures of schools and businesses are widespread and have led to major disruptions in the daily routines of families. Children are trying to adjust to doing school at home and parents are now trying to balance their new work from home life with their role as teacher to their children. To cope, it’s important for families to implement daily routines that incorporate school and work along with family time and hobbies. Humans are creatures of habit and when our everyday lives are disturbed, we become anxious. For children, this anxiety often leads to behavior problems which can create power struggles and difficulty completing schoolwork. To help ease these challenges, ....

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  • A few extra seconds can make a BIG difference

    A few extra seconds can make a BIG difference

    Hey Parents now more than ever, “A few extra seconds can make a BIG difference.” Take a few extra seconds when responding to poor behavior. This demonstrates compassion, empathy, and self-control on your part. Sometimes all you need to do is think about responding in the most patient manner to help re-direct your child. When it comes to helping your child develop respect, security, and self-esteem, PATIENCE is the most important ingredient. Join us on our WTK Parents page for more information, insights, and support. https://www.facebook.com/groups/801876003509594/ ....

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  • Helping Children Feel Secure in an Uncertain World

    Helping Children Feel Secure in an Uncertain World

    Helping Children Feel Secure in an Uncertain World The news can be full of scary stories and information, especially for children. Our current situation has brought about even more concern for everyone in the world. If adults are feeling panicked, imagine how children must be feeling. And no matter the age, children can be emotionally affected by the news and begin feeling anxious about what they are hearing. For this reason, it’s important for parents to spend time connecting with their children and implementing ways that help them feel secure. And, of course, during this worldwide turmoil, parents may also feel unsure and struggle with what to say to their children. But this is ....

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  • Conflict Resolution

    Conflict Resolution

    Conflict Resolution


    Let’s face it, conflict is hard and is bound to happen no matter what ground rules are put into place. Whether it’s on the playground or right in our own homes, children
    will clash. And while it can create challenging situations, it is a normal event that occurs between children. This is why conflict resolution is an essential life skill for them to learn. In order to help them, though, early instruction is key in making this a standard routine during disagreements with others. Often when children
    are involved in conflict, one of two things happen. Either the parent rushes into save their child or the child goes to an adult ....

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  • At home training planners

    At home training planners

    Hey Parents, Our at-home programs have begun! Our Skillz family has been working hard together to keep us all acitve and I'm glad to be a part of it. Our live classes and planners are on our facebook page but I'll be adding more to our blog page! Check this one out for our 3-4 year olds Here's how it works: 1. Download the planner here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ i04ejdr5m6t28w2/ Lesson%201-%20KICKING.docx? dl=0 2. Follow along with the video tutorial here: https://youtu.be/ 6bsZ6dr9dCc 3. Take a picture or video and post it to our FB group, or email us at karatewhitetiger@gmail.com to get class credit. You will also get entered into our drawing for cool ....

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