No one ever imagines, thinks, or wants to be a single parent. We want what is best for our children whether both parents are involved, or it is left to a single parent to do it all. We put our children first and do not think about making it easier on ourselves; we fight and push through our everyday lives with our children none the wiser. We tend to magically just make things happen.
I am a single parent and this is why I chose to bring my daughter to Lehigh Valley Martial Arts.
“Being a single parent is not easy, nor was it anything I would have ever imagined. When my daughter was a little over a year old her father decided to make some bad choices causing us to split. Never did I imagine having to do it ALL BY MYSELF. Her father picked up and left and to this day has not supported her or even spoken to her since.
Moving on with our everyday life, I had to be the sole supporter of our family. With the help of my family, friends and Lehigh Valley Martial Arts we are where we stand today. Our relationship has grown strong, not just a mother daughter relationship but also one of companionship and mutual support, mutual respect and friendship.
As my daughter grew older and started her journey through elementary school she started to get involved in sports. She was involved in cheerleading for both the wrestling and football seasons for three years. Cheerleading helped her develop friendships with other children but also consumed a lot of her time. The girls would practice and prepare for many hours during the week and then compete at competitions along with performing at the games/matches. I sat back and watched my daughter grow and enjoy this activity but knew it was not something she was passionate about.
Through the friendships my daughter gained being a cheerleader and friends at school, she started to get invited to hang out with friends, have play dates and get invited to birthday parties. She was invited to a birthday party held at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined my daughter taking martial arts. We attended the birthday party and she was offered 3 FREE Classes to try it out and see if it was something she would like. My daughter came home from the party and that was all she talked about. So, what does every mom do?...We make our children happy. I called Lehigh Valley Martial Arts and got her signed up.
When we arrive for our first class we are welcomed by what seemed to be a loving, caring “FAMILY ORIENTED” school. They really made us feel part of their family. I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Sensei Dana who explained their values to me as a martial arts school and as a whole company. It was comforting to hear what they believed in and how they would approach my daughter’s education. Sensei Dana explained that they don’t just punch and kick. They believe in building character in every martial artist. All of the traits I struggle to teach by myself at home were going to be supported and taught both on and off of the mat. This was music to my ears! I sat down with Sensei and explained our story to her about how I was struggling being a single mom and that some days I just
want to give up. Sensei assured me I was in the right place.
After being enrolled with Lehigh Valley Martial Arts for that short period of time it had finally clicked that Sensei Dana was RIGHT! I was in the right place! My daughter faced struggles at cheerleading practice being left out, Lehigh Valley Martial Arts helped her get through it and helped me get through it. Through the ups and downs of everyday life, LVMA was there to help me push onward and upward. They were there to help me get through it. After realizing this I sat my daughter down and talked with her. I asked her what she wanted to do. Did she want to do both cheerleading and martial arts, did she just want to do cheerleading, or just martial arts? She thought long and hard about it and I left the decision to her to make. As a parent who has watched her in both areas I knew where her passion and love was, but, I wanted her to make the decision as to what she wanted to do. I knew where I wanted her to be, but again the decision was hers to make.
To this day she is still enrolled in LVMA and loves every single minute of it. My daughter has found her passion and love for not just the martial arts but for a family that has accepted her as their own.
LVMA is not just a martial arts school but it is my second family. I believe the training and the character building they have taught my daughter over the last several years has help her and I grow as mother, daughter, responsible family member and friend. I would not change it for the world!”