10 Themes Your Child Needs to Learn From Every Parent

10 Themes Your Child Needs to Learn From Every Parent in order to be Happy, Healthy and Confident from a Naperville Martial Arts Teacher and Parent just like you.

After years of working with children at my Naperville martial arts school, I noticed several key themes that help children grow and feel stable.

Building rock Solid Kids is no easy task.

Here is Ten Things Your Child NEEDS to know in order to be Happy, Healthy and Confident.


You are in their corner. Sometimes children are afraid that their parent’s love is conditional. They fear that if they make a mistake, or get into trouble, they risk losing their parents love. Constantly reassure your child that you will always love them, and be there for them…no matter what.  Say to them, “I am on your side!”


Family comes first.  As kids get older, friends become more and more important.  In some ways, this is healthy.  Sometimes, though, kids have trouble when they start to think their friends are more important than their family.  Friends are great, especially when you have a solid family foundation.  Beginning when your children are very small, build a strong sense of loyalty to your family.  Make being part of your family something to be proud of! 


It doesn't matter what other people say, think or do. Your family will be following its own standards. You won't be swayed by what other families are saying, thinking or doing. Explain to your child, “There will be LOTS of things that other people are doing—that we won’t be doing.  There will also be lots of things that other people aren’t doing that we will be doing.  We do things differently in our family.  Get used to it!”


The Portrait of a bright future.  Paint a bright future for your child.  Every possibility is open.  Friends, good health, a nice home, a loving spouse, a fine family, exciting adventures…these are in the future of your child!  Build your child’s positive expectancy and hope for the future by regularly reinforcing this image!


Privileges are not rights…they must be earned.  Problems occur when children begin to think that certain privileges have become their rights.  Help your child to understand that social activities, the ability to make their own decisions, allowances, and other privileges need to be earned by good behavior, and the effective handling of responsibilities.


You, as the parent, have the obligation to act in the child’s best interest.  Make it clear that you don’t mind making the “tough call.”  If you child says, “All the other parents are letting their kids do it!”—you will say, “Honey, it’s my job to do what I think is right for you.  I take that responsibility very seriously.  If my decisions aren’t popular among your friends, or they cause you to be mad at me…I can live with that”


Patience is a Virtue.  Be patient.  The world gives up it reward slowly…to those who show dedicated, consistent effort and focus.  Often, when people quit, they quit right when they are on the verge of a big breakthrough.


The world is abundant.  There is enough happiness, love, opportunity, health and money for everybody.  People who experience scarcity are people who believe in scarcity.  People who believe in abundance will find it.




Everything counts.  Diligence counts.  Sloppiness counts.  Good manners count.  Rude behavior counts.  Honesty Counts.  So does dishonesty.  Everything comes out sooner or later.  Do a good deed, and sooner or later, something good comes back to you.  Do a bad deed, and even if nobody knows that you did, sooner or later some bad result comes back to you.  Sometimes the results, good or bad, take a period of time to come back around.  Don’t let your child be fooled!  Everything counts!


Take one of these themes per week and focus on them and you will see a dramatic change in your child and be well on your way to building Rock Solid Kids!

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Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 13, 2012 at 02:17 PM
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Dina Riccardo December 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM
WOW - what a phenomenal article with solid parenting advice! I truly enjoyed reading this and took away so many ideas! Thank You
Adam Grisko December 14, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Great article!! All parents should read and know... This information will help create kids with rock solid character!
Zack Coley December 14, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Great article! So true and some real vital points were made! Every parent should read!!!
Carol Caprio Grisko December 14, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Awesome article that parents can use for kids of all ages.
wren December 14, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Most excellent and sage advice. Thank you for the great reinforcement of our values and beliefs!
Stephanie Lambros December 14, 2012 at 05:30 AM
It is nice to read and know that these principles are being taught to families in Naperville!
Alex Krotiak December 14, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Some great advice that any parent can apply to their children. Awesome parenting wisdom!
Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Thank you for your kind comment!
Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Appreciate you taking the time to Comment. I will do my best to write more articles in between teaching martial arts classes in Naperville.
Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Thanks Carol! You Rock.
Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Wren- Thank you so much. I am glad you feel that way.
Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Steph - it makes my day to know that you took time out of your BUSY day to leave this comment. Thank You...See you at Nordstroms...BTW - Best Private Shopper consultant around.
Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Alex- Appreciate you reading this article, I am so glad to know it helped you.
Rhett Wheeler December 14, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Great article and a lot of truth in there!
T.J. Visage December 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I shared this on my Facebook.. Every parent should read there is good useful things from beginning to end thanks for sharing!!!
Brian Bybee December 15, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Excellent advice! Always back your kids, let them know the sky is the limit, but hold them accountable for being responsible, respectful and for giving back.
Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 15, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Thank you Rhett!
Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 15, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Thank you T.J! I will try to keep putting out posts like this.
Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 15, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Your feedback Brian is so appreciated! I am glad you found it helpful.
Victory Martial Arts Naperville December 17, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I have been questions on how to APPLY these themes: I suggest you take each one of the 10 and make them a discussion point for the week. Dinner, bed times or at morning breakfast are all great times to have these little "Mat Chats" as we like to call them at Victory Martial Arts in Naperville. Hope this helps you to build Rock Solid Kids!


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