But the reality of life on the playground, in the schools, malls, on the streets, etc, isn't always going to be fun. A fight isn't fun. Being teased by the playground bully isn't fun. Losing sight of mom/dad for a few seconds in a crowd isn't fun, having a test isn't fun. Have the DISCIPLINE to train and practice through something that feels like work is going to give your son/daughter that "extra" to get through those challenging times. POWER THROUGH. Your son/daughter doesn't have to feel great to do great. The days he/she complains about coming to Karate class are usually the days he/she NEEDS to come. Ensuring he/she comes to every class, no matter what, sets the tone of YOUR expectation. The discipline he/she is developing is going to pay off in all other facets of his/her life. Guaranteed, your son/daughter will FEEL GREAT after coming to that class he/she didn't feel like coming to in the first place.
Sensei W. M. Platt