My youngest just began a karate class. The first time I observed her class I was amazed at how the master instructor was able to run such a tight ship and have all the kids listening and obeying his instruction. I have never seen so many kids following one leaders every word and doing so happily with such discipline.

They would all shout in unison:” YES I CAN!” and “YES SIR!!!” To his every command..
He had them shouting phrases like “winners never quit!” and “quitters never win!” then commended each of them for their kicks and punches.

It seemed to be a typical class which offers praise to each one equally. Or so I thought.

At the end of the session he asked the class who was the BEST?
I was a little surprised that in this world of political correctness he would alienate anyone or even more so offer praise to just one and label best and imply worst.
But thinking about it further I was very impressed that he took this approach.
After all, in life, in the real world, there are winners and there are losers, there are better and there are worse. Why should we pamper our kids to believe that they will always be the best just because they participate? They should strive to seek out the approval of their teacher or later in life their boss or superior. Or if they are the boss later in life they should spread the discipline to their subordinates and command respect by example.

These days we are diverging away from tough love and embracing the “good for you” and the “good job” praises even when a child has done nothing to seek out this praise.
Now I know I have been preaching all these weeks to laud yourselves for small accomplishments. This praiseworthy approach to fitness remains my tactic and I hold by its effectiveness. Commend yourself for earned accomplishments even if they are small.

In the case of our children they should be rewarded for accomplishments and taught that hard work and dedication is what is truly praiseworthy.
If we reward our children just for showing up then they won’t learn to challenge themselves later in life with hard work and dedication to ACHIEVE that praise and success.

So, Master Lee, I praise you for your approach to encourage children to encompass a work ethic and seek out your approval.
They will reap the rewards later in life and strive for greater accomplishments.

Balsam Home move of the day: wall squats.

Lean against a wall in squat position (legs forming a 90 degree angle) for 60 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds then do it again. Repeat 3 times. Do this move while watching TV and you will be surprised how fast the minute flies.

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