My 6 year old says he wants to do Taekwondo but keeps quitting in the middle of class.

Julie - posted on 02/06/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

12

0

0

He's been taking Taekwondo for a year and a half. He says he enjoys it and wants to keep going. But 25 - 30% of the time, he'll quit in the middle of class and walk off the floor. Reasons have ranged from,; didn't like what they were doing , Didn't want to work with certain kid The tag in the shin guard was bothering him (didn't bother him the last 5 times) The other kid was going to fast/slow. Was corrected by the instructor ( not loudly) He is very sensitive and emotionally hypersensitive at times. I ask when everything is calm, "do you want to keep doing Taekwondo?" And he always says yes. I'm really frustrated . Anyone else with experiences like this ? I'd appreciate your opinions . If you don't have a sensitive / spirited child, I really don't want to hear your opinions. Thanks

3 Comments

View replies by

Jodi - posted on 02/07/2014

3,560

36

3907

Oops, my bad :) I didn't reread the title. So no consequences for not finishing? I think he is old enough to understand the commitment. I had a sensitive son, and he decided he didn't want to do piano lessons any more (he was about the same age as your son). I told him that because I had paid to the end of term, he was committed. So he went, and he stuck it out, then the following term he decided to play something else. He is the most committed 16 year old I know (and I know a few because I am a teacher), when he makes a commitment, he follows through. Sensitive or not, he needs to stop making excuses for why he wants to quit half way through. He needs to have consequences for not finishing because clearly the reward isn't working. I'd actually be telling him that if he continues to quit the classes, you won't enrol him again. But that's me.

Julie - posted on 02/07/2014

12

0

0

I said in the title he is 6 years old. We do rewards for finishing a class. Don't finish - no reward.

Jodi - posted on 02/06/2014

3,560

36

3907

What are the consequences for him doing this? This is a really good opportunity for you to teach him a lesson in commitment - when you commit to something, you need to follow through. You haven't mentioned how old your child is, but have you tried putting a reward in place for completing class? Unfortunately, some of those things you mentioned as his reasons for not completing are just facts of life, and at some point down the road, he will just have to suck it up, so I do think it is important that he understands that too.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms