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Scarlett Kramer Wins Medal In Taekwondo, Doug Says It’s Tough To Watch Her Fall Down And Get Hit
PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM /CHEKAKRAMER
  • Cheska and Doug Kramer’s second-born Scarlett just won a silver medal in taekwondo. This was her first face-to-face sparring tournament. 

    The Instagram post shows photos of the family smiling and very proud parents but as Doug reveals in his caption, it wasn’t an easy journey for Scarlett.

    “Scarlett, we know you struggled with your self-confidence and at times you questioned yourself if this was the sport for you. But each and every time you cried in frustration, you also came back and challenged yourself even more, he said.

    Doug gives his daughter important life lessons like learning from one’s mistakes and the importance of hard work—values that engaging in a sport and extra-curricular activities will teach children.

    “Keep your eagerness to improve, and learn from your mistakes. 

    He adds, “But just like everything in life, nothing really comes easy and you have to put work into it. And, when you love it, it's worth all the tears, challenges, and all the work you put in. All because you didn't give up! He ends this portion of the caption by cheering on his second daughter, “We all celebrate with you Scarlett!”

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    Big sister Kendra also left a comment on dad’s post saying she was proud of her little sis. “You deserve it! You worked so hard for it!”

    PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM /DOUGKRAMER

    Looks like discipline and hard work are big in the Kramer household!

    Scarlett learns to be self-confident

    A taekwondo sparring competition is a contact sport and for Doug who can boast of many years playing the team sport basketball, it must have been a different experience to see your child get punched and kicked.

    “It was tough to watch you fall down and get hit, but every time you got up and pressed forward, he said. “There is still a lot to learn and we promise you, we will always be here to cheer you on and support you and remind you to never give up!

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    Doug says Scarlett asked her parents how she can grow to become more confident and the mom of three says one grows into self-confidence and it cannot be taught by others. 

    “You said, Mommy, Daddy, how can I be more confident with myself? Scarlett, nobody can teach you that but yourself.

    According to Doug, Scarlett’s opponent in her finals match was a more experienced and taller child. Yet Scarlett didn’t let that keep her from competing against her.

    He added, “And today, you showed how brave you were in challenging a more experienced and taller fighter in your finals match. Win or learn! We’re all so proud of you!” wrote Doug.

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    Teach your kids a positive attitude in sports

    Healthdirect, an Australian-based health advice site says parents play an important role in helping children enjoy sports. “To keep your child interested and enjoying sport, make it a positive experience for them.
    Here are a few tips:

    1. Focus on having fun, not winning or losing.

    “Focus on having fun, having a go and being active, rather than winning or losing, advises Healthdirect.
    This advice Doug's message to Scarlett: Win or learn!

    2. Keep your sidelines comments positive.

    “Make sure your comments from the sidelines are positive, and don’t criticize children who make mistakes.
    It adds, “Never abuse a team, umpire, or other player.

    3. Praise the opponents’ efforts and highlight doing one’s best. 

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    “You can help your child develop a positive sporting attitude by praising the team’s or other children’s efforts, even if they don’t win. Point out to your child how important it is to try their best.

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