Low self-esteem is major problem facing many kids and teens in the world today. Even though we see this issue affecting both boys and girls, there are proven statistics that show this trend is even more prevalent and a bigger issue for girls ages 12 years old and up.
Girl’s self-esteem normally peaks at the age of 9 and then in many cases takes a nose dive from there! By the age of 15, depressed girls out number boys 2 to 1. Low self-esteem creates feelings of helplessness and depression which can have detrimental affects to how girls view themselves and their overall success in life!
The American Academy of Pediatrics shares that: Low self-esteem leads to impaired academic performance, underachievement, substance abuse problems, and issues regarding social behavior.
These facts can be startling as well as eye opening, but there is good news when it comes to positive ways to combat this dangerous trend!
Women’s self-defense and martial arts classes are a great way to help young girls by taking action against low self-esteem:
– Creates a positive environment and a win/win scenario.
-Martial arts celebrates their unique qualities, traits, and talents thereby instilling pride in themselves and self-respect.
-Spotlight in class through belt and stripe recognition.
-Discuss and note their growth and progress through their martial arts training.
We find that girls enrolled in martial arts training for this issue of low self-esteem not only gain better confidence and a positive self-image, but the attitude developed in their training carries over to their every day lives from home life to school and everywhere in between! The sooner you take action to improve your child’s overall self-esteem the less likely they are to fall in to this dangerous trend!