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  • OXYTOCIN The Key To Positive Social Relationships in Children and Teens

    OXYTOCIN The Key To Positive Social Relationships in Children and Teens Oxytocin has been dubbed the “love chemical.” It is the hormone that is released when we feel love and trust in relationships. For most people, they know oxytocin as a significant part of the parent-child bonding process. However, it is also very important in overall human relationships and is considered our “social glue.” The release of oxytocin is not automatic but rather, a learned response. It is very important for children to develop an effective oxytocin response. We find that when children are abused or ....

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  • ENDORPHINS The Key to Effort and Focus in Children and Teens

    ENDORPHINS The Key to Effort and Focus in C hildren and T eens Endorphins are natural chemicals produced in the body to reduce pain and boost happiness. They are most often associated with exercise since the release of these “feel-good” chemicals cause a state of euphoria and is usually known as a “runner’s high.” However, most any exercise will cause this state of happiness and it is also boosted through laughter and excitement . In recent years, studies involving endorphins ha ve begun to focus on how this chemical contributes to learning. ....

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  • Childhood Brain Training

    The learning process is vital to healthy development of a child’s brain and their experiences and interactions largely influence how this happens. This process doesn’t just take place in the classroom but in all areas of the child’s life. Because of this, learning is better approached when it is an active process that triggers the appropriate areas of the brain. By utilizing this method, learning becomes more exciting and therefore, more beneficial to brain development and ultimately increasing intelligence. The brain is the command center for the body. When a baby is born, it has all the brain cells it will have for its entire life. The early years of a ....

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  • The Secret Senses To Better Behavior

    The Secret Senses To Better Behavior We’ve all heard of the main 5 senses; taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing. However, there are two other, very important, senses that don’t get enough attention. Those are the vestibular sense and proprioception. These two senses are vital in the development of a child but are often overlooked, especially in today’s world. This is mostly due to the fact that safety is of the upmost importance for anyone working with children. And while safety is important, the constant lack of “risky play” is contributing to the underdevelopment of these two senses. The vestibular sense is most easily understood as the sense that ....

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  • Is it Rude, Is it Mean, Is it Bullying?

    Is it Rude, Is it Mean, Is it Bullying?

    As they say, kids will be kids. And yes, children and teens can be unkind to their peers and feelings get hurt. The problem is when these behaviors become common and target the same person repeatedly. This is when kids being kids begins to cross the line to bullying. And while bullying is a very terrible thing for anyone to endure, it is important to look at the actual behavior and determine if it really is bullying or if it is children being rude or mean. Bullying is a term that has become more prevalent in recent years even though the actual act of bullying has been around for a very long time. Although studies have shown that the rates of bullying incidents have actually decreased, ....

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  • What age is right for kids to take Martial Arts?

    What age is right for kids to take Martial Arts?

    Weekly Blogby GM Greg Silva, president of Black Belt School International. Author of the Silva Solution, "Building Black Belts from the Inside out" Martial Arts has so many benefits that parents arelooking for. Parents also see very young kids on TV and featured in publications. So what is the right age to start? I began teaching in the 1970's and have maintained that the mostimportant thing especially with a young child is that he had apositive experience. I have had kids come in to try my programbecause mom and dad see's himjumping and kicking around the house and feel that he musthave sometalent. However once in a structuredenvironment we find the child constantly needing to ....

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  • 8 ways you may be encouraging your child to be a bully

    8 ways you may be encouraging your child to be a bully

    8 ways you may be encouraging your child to be a bully
    ByAshley TrexlerMarch Your actions speak so loudly I can't hear a word you are saying
    Admit it. You’ve watched and wondered: Is my kid a bully? Not all the time. Not most of the time. But some of the time. The rough-handed grab, pushy attitude, resentful looks. Is it a bad day, a phase, or something more? Maybe no one has told you to your face you’re raising a bully, but sometimes you can’t help but wonder if other parents are talking about it behind your back. So how do you make sure you’re raising a kind child, and not a bully? You’ve heard all the usual talk about what ....

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  • Supplement Your Training with the Martial Arts!

    Supplement Your Training with the Martial Arts!

    Hey VK Family, Friends & Guests, Imagine your child on the field running quicker than ever before, outmaneuvering all opponents, and having the confidence to overcome every obstacle! Today I’d like to talk about the benefits of supplementing youth sports with martial arts training! Before we can, we must overcome the first challenge standing between your child and the achievements listed above. Martial Arts instructors from around the nation often notice a trend revolving around youth sports. Children and Parents often jump the gun and switch from one sport to another, sometimes putting a hold or quitting martial arts training altogether. It is easy to see why: ....

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  • 4 Hidden Benefits of Martial Arts

    4 Hidden Benefits of Martial Arts

    Hey VK (Valentin Karate) Parents, Have you ever had that friend that asked “Why is your son/daughter in martial arts?” I am sure you have. I am also sure that you were able to provide a great answer to that question. I was recently asked that question as well! Before I replied, I knew I really wanted to get to the heart of what we do at Valentin Karate, beyond the typical responses. So instead, I remembered a few hidden benefits that I hear most often from our parents! Here are 4 of the hidden benefits of having a child in Martial Arts: “Structured” Physical Activity Notice we didn’t just say “physical activity”! It is easy for moms/dads ....

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  • Join Us For the Best Kids Martial Arts in Meriden, Plantsville, and Berlin!

    Welcome To Our New Website! We’re Proud To Serve Meriden, Plantsville, and Berlin with Kids Martial Arts
    ! At Valentin Karate, we are working hard to go above and beyond for every person who walks through our doors. And you could be next! We are offering Meriden, Plantsville, and Berlin a hands-on approach to Kids Martial Arts. And you don’t need any prior experience to succeed! Come visit us at Valentin Karate and see for yourself what makes us the best Kids Martial Arts facility in these towns. Just fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! And don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! ....

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