Daniel Pierson wrote:
During the summer, when I'm not working (teacher here), my family enjoys me coming home from aikido a happier person.
My wife has noticed how much happier and calmer I am since I started practicing again. I've noticed that I am more tolerant toward my children when things don't go right. My son and I go to practice together and sometimes my daughter. This gives me another opportunity to communicate verbally and non verbally with my son and leads to discussions of thing other than Aikido.