Getting Real with Ninja Trainer Danny: Tips for Cultivating Strong Parent/Coach Relationships

Ok guys, this is cool. I had the opportunity to get real with our very own resident Ninja Zone trainer, Danny, and picked his brain on the topic for my blog post this week. We had a great discussion, which provided me with some insight on his position as a trainer. I asked him two…

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Starting Early in Teaching Goal Achievement Builds Perseverance in Kids

[social_warfare] “A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a deadline.” –Harvey Mackay As adults, we understand the importance of a goal. We understand that we are in charge of our happiness. Oftentimes, it is more fulfilling to trudge through a difficult journey, than to reach the goal itself. Once the…

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Thoughts on Self-Confidence, How to Cultivate Successful Adults, and…Dr. Seuss?

[social_warfare] “OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the…

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Encouraging Talent Is Important, But Is It Enough To Motivate Kids?

[social_warfare] Child stars. They have amazing talent, and their parents are the sole responsible party for encouraging that talent. But, what happens when they’re pushed too far? I could name names of figure skaters that go crazy on their competition, or the endless cases of kids that grow up to make questionable life choices, but…

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How Extra Curricular Activities Build Grit and Perseverance

[social_warfare] Extracurricular activities expand well beyond sports. Extracurricular could be the likes of chess club, art guild, community theatre, 4-H, and tons of other types of opportunities for kids to socialize. There is much more happening beneath the surface of these activities. Of course, when we think of clubs and activities outside of the classroom,…

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7 Ways Gritty, Smart, Strong Kids are Built with Ninja Zone

[social_warfare] “So, Ninja Zone is just a fancy gym class, right?” NOPE! At least, not from where we sit. We have consistently witnessed kids emerging from Ninja Zone with an empowered sense of self. It is not just a gym class. Kids, parents, and coaches agree that Ninja Zone is a unique opportunity for kids…

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The Importance of Failure and Encouraging Persistence in Kids

[social_warfare] Failure is the key to success. Seriously. We’ve all lived it. Small business owners have lived it. Parents have lived it. If we didn’t fall off the swings as a kid, we would have never understood the importance of hanging on. Actually, isn’t that the perfect metaphor for life? Just sayin’. Anyway, one of…

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Coaches are the Key to Unlocking Grit in Children

[social_warfare] As a parent, there’s always that recurring thought: “Am I doing it right?” Well, we all know the answer to that: there is no right and wrong! As kids get older, it becomes increasingly more difficult to try to wrangle them, and the best we can do is hope that the influences in their…

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The Difference in Boys and Girls Learning: Why Active Play is Beneficial

[social_warfare] Boys versus girls. You’ll see evidence of the ongoing battle on every playground, all around the world. There are obvious differences when dealing with the battle of the sexes, but when we strive to understand them, we can accommodate the needs of nearly any child.   Simply put, the majority boys & girls learn…

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Ninja Zone: Long-Term Benefits for Kids

[social_warfare] The importance of “grit,” “determination,” and “work ethic” are all the rage right now in determining school success in children, a concept that is wholeheartedly understood and observed by thousands of coaches all over. It’s a fact that athletes with less natural ability, but high levels of work ethic surpass athletes with lots of…

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