Effort and Expectations
“What is he even doing?!”
“She needs to hit harder.”
“He needs to be more aggressive.”
“Whoa, seriously, her push-ups need work.”
“I swear the only time he tries in class is dodgeball.”
We hear it from parents all the time… for their kids to be better. To try harder. Pay more attention. Focus! As a parent and instructor, i struggle with this all. The. Time.
I want 100% effort, 100% focus, 100% of the time. Always be doing your best. Anything else is disrespectful to all the people who are helping you reach your goals.
When I saw Austin just laying (or is it lying) around during stripe testing I almost lost it. But then I watched her for a moment and had a realization… she’s 5.
Her day started before sunrise. She spent the whole day at school. She went straight home from the pick-up line to get ready for Taekwondo. She ate her snack in the car on the way to class. During class she was courteous, attentive, focused, and worked hard the whole time. And now, after class, she was laying (lying?) quietly waiting for her turn to test for her stripe.
As a parent, as an instructor, I needed to realize that at that moment, after the day she’s had, this was her best.
– Mr. Anderson