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Old 04-06-2011, 04:57 PM   #17
Keith Larman
Dojo: AIA, Los Angeles, CA
Location: California
Join Date: Apr 2005
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Re: How to Make Sure Your Kids Suck at Aikido

I've been teaching kids too long to force my kid to stay when she was clearly not happy. I've seen too many unhappy kids who there doing it solely because the parent thought it was best. Even when it was clearly not something the kid was interested in.

For my daughter it wasn't an issue of "working through something difficult" but was an issue that she really wasn't enjoying it and really wasn't all that interested. We've had those battles before in many other areas including her piano (which she incidentally still does and loves even though there have been rough patches). There was no reason to fight it with aikido simply because I would find it gratifying or convenient to have her doing what I love. The truth was she didn't like it. And the reason she joined was (I think) to make me happy. That was not a good reason for her to be in Aikido, especially when she found that she in fact *really* didn't like it. Quitting is an option in some cases.

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