PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — As parents, we feed our kids and make sure they get exercise to keep their bodies strong. We expose them to new experiences, so their minds grow. Science now shows that certain interactions between parents and children actually change the structure of their brains, improving their social and emotional skills into adulthood.
Many of the teens in the Allegheny Youth Development judo class signed up to practice basic self-defense.
“You move like this. Then you pin them to the mat,” explained Cymiar Woods.
Beyond training their bodies, these boys and girls are learning principles of self-control that give them a mental and emotional edge.
“When I get mad, I can calm down more,” shared Caeden Basking.
“When he has to focus and follow instructions, it helps him in school, too,” said Jackie Woods, Cymiar and Caeden’s grandmother.
Jamie Hanson, PhD, psychologist at University of Pittsburgh,