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10 Tips Parents Can Use to Build Confidence & Leadership in Kids

Posted: February 15, 2018

Every parent wants happy, healthy and confident kids.

Here at ATA Martial Arts of Springfield, our instructors feel that teaching kids martial arts can help build self-confidence in children of all ages. The techniques we practice at our school help children become accurate in their movements, skilled in their learning and confident in their martial arts skills.

As a parent, here are some suggestions on how you can can instill self-confidence in your children at home:


Halloween Safety Tips for Parents, Pt. 1: Halloween Preparations

Posted: January 15, 2018

As we reach the end of October, the weather grows colder, the leaves change color and all the spooky ghosts and ghouls prepare for trick or treating fun! As parents, you want your little ones to have a fun, memorable and – above all else – safe Halloween. Here’s a complete safety checklist:

Safe Costume Selection


Halloween Safety Tips for Parents, Pt. 2: Night of Halloween

Posted: January 15, 2018

Halloween night is supposed to be filled with scares – but only scares of the pretend variety. Unfortunately, Halloween night poses a few unique risks for kids of any age. Here’s a complete checklist for keeping your little monsters safe while they’re out trick or treating.

Safety in Numbers

Children 12 and under should be accompanied by a parent or other trusted adult. When out trick or treating, accompany younger children to the door. Also, never let children enter the home or car of any stranger. Kids 13 and older are usually mature enough to trick or treat with a group of their friends. However, you want to make sure they only trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods. Be sure those communities and areas are well-lit with sidewalks, crosswalks and other pedestrian-friendly features.