Tuesday, March 20, 2007

JC and his first stripes.

JC has been going to karate for the last 2 months. His active little body needed extra help with learning to listen, concentrate and work hard. Having a son with ADHD has been very trying at times I won't lie, but I think all parents would agree.

The last month I've had to practically drag the child to class. He was nervous, probably had anxiety about going as well, but I didn't want to encourage him to quit and give up because he wasn't getting instant gratification.

So, we practiced all the student tenant's ( honor, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control, courage, community) and we spent hours trying to learn our forms, and steps. He knew it right away, but would not do so in class. Mostly because lack of attention, but I think he was intimidated by the instructor too.

Last night we went as usual and JC was very hesitant to go. I encouraged him not to give up and to remember the definition of perseverance(which they had to know). Well, I am happy to report that my little man not only got one stripe last night, he got TWO!

After the first stripe was place on his white belt, he looked up at the instructor and said "this is my first stripe EVER!" The instructor agreed and he started the next drill. JC looked up and said "I'm so happy!"

I about cried. He worked so hard and he was so happy. Then the next drill. JC nailed his form. Perfectly, like he has been at home for the last month. The blue stripe came next! The whole entire class, including the students, stopped and clapped. He was so proud and mom started crying! That is all he needed to get going, he saw what hard work can do now and I'm glad we as parents wouldn't let him quit.

**If your wondering what's on his face, it's ice cream. I promised his a few weeks ago that if he got his first stripe we would get ice cream. Well, we had 2 scoops last night!


Adventures In Babywearing said...

That was the sweetest! I would have cried, too!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats said...

Way to go JC! Way to go mom for not letting him quit! Sounds like a night of victory that deserved some ice cream!