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Please, PLEASE...Limit your child's IPAD, phone, and screen time.

Posted: October 08, 2019

Go into any restaurant and look around.  Most kids aren’t sitting and talking, they are glued to an Ipad, in an almost trans-like state.  Watch their eyes for more than a minute, and you will see them frozen, almost catatonic.

As a parent of a 6-year-old, a martial arts instructor (studio owner), and a NYS certified elementary school teacher, I have personally witnessed the effects of Ipads, phones, and screen time on children, my own and others.

Looking at how addicted kids are to these devices, I’m speculating that tech companies hire psychologists to assist in the programming of these games and apps, but that is purely my opinion.  I would love someone with information on that subject to weigh in, if possible.

Rude, Mean, or BULLYING?

Posted: October 06, 2019

Is it Rude, Mean, or Bullying?

With October being National Bully Prevention Month, we believe it's important to help remind our families the difference between kids being Rude, being Mean and being Bullies.  Due to an alarmingly number of kids, youth and teens harming themselves in response to their experiences, Bullying is a term that has become more prevalent in recent years.As they say, kids will be kids. And yes, children and teens can be unkind to their peers and feelings get hurt. The problem is when "kids being kids" begins to cross the line to Bullying.

While Bullying is a very emotional subject and it is important to take all accusations seriously, It is vital to determine if the behavior is bullying or was just a child being rude or mean.

A Choice - to be bullied, or not? Do parents get to choose?

Posted: October 05, 2019

I just finished reading this article -,

in which a LCSW(Licensed Clinical Social Worker) clearly outlines the possbie side effects of being bullied.

Some of the short term issues that might be encountered are:

Honesty - The First Key to an Abundant Life

Posted: October 03, 2019

Honesty, the First Key to an Abundant Life

For September and October, we are practicing the Leadership Life Skill Honesty at our dojo.  Honesty is recognizing, accepting, and expressing the truth at all times. 

At Popkin-Brogna- Honesty is “the first step to an abundant life,” which means listening to your inner-self, having the courage to confront the consequences of your actions, and taking responsibility for your actions, positive or negative. 

October is Bullying Awareness Month !

Posted: October 02, 2019

Well, here we are one month into school, and I bet 20% of you or more have already heard of or been personally involved with a bullying situation.

Either, your child is/was being bullied, or equally as bad, your child IS the bully.

Bottom line here, the solutions are simple to discuss, but hard to impliment.

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