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Katie Rae Robinson reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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IMA is an absolutely wonderful taekwondo studio. Fantastic instruction...a great mix of discipline and patience. My three kids attend classes here, and they all love it!

Eleah Clevenger reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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My son (4yrs) loves his classes! Talks about going in between often. My husband and I love watching him and Mr. Hendrick is great with the kids! Hope to begin classes myself, someday.

Sarah Flann Woodward reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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Such a great experience for my preschooler plus my profound autistic son. They are so calm and understanding with my boys. I plan on keeping up with classes, thank you!

Susanne D'Angelo reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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My kids love it and love their instructor. They are learning a lot and already went up to a level 1 yellow belt. The instructor Danny Hendrick, makes it fun to learn and is super patient. My son is autistic and he can't wait to go and I have never seen him so excited about anything.

This is a great place to take your kids or even will learn a lot and have fun doing it. Its totally worth it...

Tiffany Norris Buttram reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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My daughter has been going here for almost a year, her confidence has increased, and she absolutely LOVES it! We are hoping to have our 4 year old start the new skills classes this fall.

Rebecca Denney Jennings reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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Our daughter has been taking part in the Spectrum classes for the past 2 months. We love how we feel accepted! Mr. Danny is so patient with her and knows when to push her further and when to hold back. I am so, so, impressed. We've had several "proud parent" moments that we have not been able to experience before. Such a blessing to be part of the Impact family!

Robin Ellison reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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This January we went to sign up our son (age 7). He is ADHD/Bi-polar with sensory issues. We have been patiently waiting for our boys to start Taekwonddo, knowing the skills of self awareness, self discipline, and self esteem would come with practice. It helps our son make goals for himself and feel great about is accomplishments. We were excited about our youngest being able to start too (age 4). Mr Danny and Mrs. Bridget is so excited to see us and make the classes fun. I honestly don't think they realize the exercise they both are getting, because when we get home each boy added push-ups and sit-ups to their bedtime routines. Just in 4 months we have more focus, more respect, more excitement about learning something new at Taekwonddo! Thanks guys for helping our Ninjas grow!

Christina Ebeling reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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My son loves the instructor and the classes. Danny Hendricks (the instructor) is incredibly patient and knowledgeable. My son isn't just learning Taekwon-do, he's learning respect and discipline which is evident even outside of class.

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Be The Parent Your Child Needs

Be the parent your child needs you to be. They need you to be in their world. That means interacting and playing with them on their level to prompt them through the tasks and chores they don’t want to do. Here are some tips and examples on using effectively using edutainment with your child.

1. Practice Healthy Competition

The child brain loves novelty. That is why healthy competition and games get them excited. You can help your child accomplish the daily tasks they do not necessarily want to do by adding a fun edutainment component.

Edutainment in daily tasks may include incorporating a game or competition into their nighttime routine to prompt them to get ready for bed, pick up their toys, or brush their teeth long enough.

For instance, when it’s time for bed, create a healthy, fun competition that gets them excited. You might tell them, “Okay! It’s time to get ready for bed! Let’s see who can race to the bathroom the fastest!” Once this task is completed, follow up with “Who can get their toothbrush out and put the toothpaste on the fastest?” or “Who can brush their teeth the longest?” For toothbrushing, when you know the two minutes is up, you can finish first, allowing them to win the competition of brushing for at least two minutes. Then, follow up with how surprised or excited that you are that they won.

2. Be Playful with Your Child

Your child is not going to behave all the time. They are not perfect. When your child throws a temper tantrum, is upset or is insistent on something, add something playful to the mix that takes their mind off it.

If my son throws a temper tantrum, sometimes I pretend in a silly way that I am falling and hurt my foot and he laughs. Or, if he sits in a chair that I specifically told him that I am going to sit in, I playfully act like I am going to sit on him. He likes the silliness, and it detracts and redirects him away from his original temper tantrum or negative behavior.

3. Think Outside the Box

Playfulness and silliness work, but other times creative solutions help your child accomplish their tasks and chores. Homework is one thing that your child may not enjoy. Think outside the box to what excites them and incorporate that into their homework time.

Younger children love tents, so building a tent or fort in the living room together where they can go to do their homework is an exciting way to mask the doldrums of homework. For teens, coffee shops are common favorite hangouts, so going to one where they can have their favorite coffee drink and do their homework is a treat that they will look forward to. Both scenarios change your child’s negative outlook on homework to something positive.

How edutaining are you as a parent? Whatever your level, you can better implement healthy competition, fun, and creative approaches to motivate your child. A child’s way of interpreting things is rarely ever black and white, usually because they are not eager to learn. When you edutain, you help them learn in a behavior that they embrace.