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Mar 25, 2013
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How martial arts has made me a better mom

How martial arts has made me a better mom

Toni receiving her martial arts black belt in 2007

I never had any desire to practice martial arts until I was 25 years old. I randomly stumbled upon it and it changed my life forever. What I thought would make me strong and safe turned into something that gave me the tools to conquer anything I want to do in life...including parenting.

Parenting is one of the toughest but most rewarding things I will ever do. If I didn't have the tools that I learned from marital arts I really don't know what I would do. Patience, self-discipline, structure and respect are the best qualities a mom can have and my favorite tools for creating a positive environment for my children.

The most valuable thing I learned in Martial Arts was discipline — actually self-discipline. Self-discipline is the trait needed to accomplish your goals independently. When I stay focused on what’s most important to me and my family than I can be the kind of mom I want to be and not be distracted by things that don’t matter. I would venture to say that self-discipline is invaluable for relationships, school, work and even happiness.

Although there are many times that I forget to use these tools, I am able to be flexible and patient with myself to get back on track and be the type of parent I want to be. I am so thankful that marital arts has made me become a better mom and ultimately a better person.

Toni Langdon is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and an in-home child care provider. She is a black belt in martial arts and has worked with Chester County, PA children with special needs. Visit her blog, Tickles and Time Outs.

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Outstanding Delaware Valley mom and dad bloggers share insights about their kids or themselves, family experiences or ways they handled parenting situations. Their items — often reposted from their blogs — reflect everyday experiences that anyone can relate to rather than political viewpoints or belief systems.

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Trish Adkins, Yoke
Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun
Chris Bernholdt, DadNCharge
Stacy Heenan Biscardi, Wifty & Shifty
Hillary Chybinski, My Scraps
EJ Curran, Four Little Monsters
Darla DeMorrow, The Pregnant Entrepreneur
Rachée Fagg, Say It Rah-Shay
Raya Fagg, And Starring As Herself…MRSRFKJ
Stephanie Glover, A Grande Life
Erin Flynn Jay, Mastering the Mommy Track
Jean Ladden, Jean's Book Reviews
Brie Latini, ( . . . a breezy life)
Toni Langdon, Tickles and Time Outs
Lisa Lightner, A Day in Our Shoes
Jeanine Ludwikowski, Mommy Entourage
Kathryn M. Martin, Mamacado
Jeanne McCullough, Mom Hearts Pinot
Trina O'Boyle, O’Boy! Organic
Kelly Raudenbush, My Overthinking
Lindsey Schuster, Sisters to Sons
Sandra Telep, West Philly Mama
Marissa Kiepert Truong, Land of Once Upon a Time
Lisa Weinstein, The Mixed Up Brains of Lisa Weinstein
Shivaun Williams, Dar Liomsa (In My Opinion)
Paige Wolf, Spit That Out!

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