Taylorsville, UT (PressExposure) July 20, 2008 -- "These are some commonly used tactics used by organizations that are more concerned with getting into your pockets than providing high quality activities that can truly benefit your children," Andersen said. "Be sure to be on the watch-out for these organizations, they don't have your best interests in mind"
â¢ Watch out when signing waivers. Some organizations hide contractual terms within the waiver. Don't take me wrong, it is absolutely necessary for organizations to have you sign waivers for their own protection, but they should be short & sweet, so you can actually read them, or make an upfront statement that what you are signing is not obligating you to anything. â¢ Don't become a victim to the "Guilt Game". Your children mean a lot to you, and some organizations will use that against you. If you feel like you are being pressured to think that not signing up your child makes you a bad parent, something is up. You are the parent and it is up to you to make the best choice for your child, not someone who barely met you. â¢ Asking you to sign a 1-2 year contract after a one day trial seems unreasonable, and it is. Organizations that don't provide high quality services want to get a long term commitment upfront, before you have a chance to figure out the service is not worth what you are paying. Look for organizations that offer you a 2-4 week trial with an opt-out option. This shows you that they have confidence in what their program has to offer and they are willing to prove it to you. Then why use contracts at all? Teaching children the value of committing to something worthwhile is a valuable lesson. This helps you the parent, teach this to your children. Make sure your child understands this commitment up front, that way they will remain more focused though the ups and downs all children experience.
Andersen added, "Your goal is to find the right activity that fits the needs of you and your children. Use these tips and good judgment when making this decision. A good rule of thumb is if something doesn't feel right to you it probably isn't. The right extra-curricular activity could make all the difference in your child's future. Choose wisely."
As a member of the National Association of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA), Andersen Tang Soo Do Academy promotes and strives for the highest standards of age-appropriate curriculum, leadership training, child safety and security, business integrity and professional ethics.