Preschool martial arts classes for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds may seem like a bit of an early start… But they’re the best thing you can do for your young child, especially to regulate their temper tantrums! Check out these incredible ways that our preschool classes help create a tantrum-free household.
Temper Tantrums in Preschool Kids
Kids are going to act emotionally because a) their brain hasn’t developed yet and b) they don’t get that their actions have consequences and live in the present. This is perfectly okay – it’s what makes them kids! We can’t fault them for having a temper tantrum because they don’t know better. What we CAN do is teach them to regulate their emotions, control themselves and focus on something other than their frustration. And these skills apply to so much more than just tantrums!
What is a Temper Tantrum?
A temper tantrum works like this: Your child becomes upset by something. They feel a very strong negative emotion- most often, frustration. They deal with this frustration the best way they know how, like through crying, whining, screaming, or even aggressive behavior like hitting or throwing. Every child has thrown a temper tantrum before, so you’re not alone! Many of our parents enrolled their kids in our preschool classes because they’ve heard about how martial arts can help kids transform and stop throwing tantrums.
Getting Your Child Ready For School
In a temper tantrum your child is acting based solely on their emotions. They’re fueled by thoughts of how unfair something is, and their frustration just keeps building. What we do is teach them how to focus on the adult, listen thoughtfully, and then redirect their focus to something different from the source of their tantrum. These behavior skills can help make life more peaceful, and even give your child a leg up in school!
How Preschool Martial Arts Classes Can Help
This is why martial arts is so awesome, especially for young kids in preschool. We consistently see a HUGE difference in kids who start at ages 3 and 4 and kids who start at ages 6 and 7. Kids who start martial arts classes at the preschool level get the emotional and behavioral skills “out of the way” much younger than their older counterparts. They then learn more in their upper level classes because they’ve already gotten their emotions regulated. They’ve already learned how to control their behavior, and the material sticks better because they’re focusing better. Then, when they enter school, they have an incredible advantage because, well… just read that previous paragraph! It all applies to school as well.
That’s why martial arts is about more than just what you see in the movies. It’s a tool we use to shape our students to become the absolute best versions of themselves, and it shows.
Focusing and Refocusing in Class
Okay, so- here’s how preschool martial arts classes help with temper tantrums: First step is listening. We make listening FUN in our kids martial arts classes. How? Our world-class instructors are so good, these kids are learning discipline, focus, and listening skills without even knowing it through fun and games. Just call them life skill ninjas. Classes at the preschool level are less about the self defense moves (which they’ll learn as they progress) and more about the foundation of behavioral skills. This includes self control, which is the second step. Self control here means being able to control their bodies so that they can sit still without fidgeting. We teach self control the same way- through fun games and activities and positive reinforcement.
That’s a big component of our classes that helps with tantrums- positive reinforcement. Preschool kids often throw temper tantrums because they don’t feel like they’re being listened to. They want your attention. They’ll be less inclined to resort to negative attention strategies like a temper tantrum when we positively reinforce their good behavior skills, like listening. Reinforcing and praising our students when they listen is really important. We know that a lot of parents are busy… But we really encourage parents to watch how class works, so that they can continue positive reinforcement techniques at home. Then when you practice it at home you can really watch your child transform!