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One of the Most Valuable Skills Every Child Should Know

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

Have you ever been in a place where you are in a room full of people and you don’t know anyone? Remember how that feels? What’s the quickest way to go from a feeling awkward to empowered? The quickest way I have found is to introduce yourself to someone.

I remember being in a local gym working out. A few minutes after I started, a big, strong bodybuilder- type man came in and was lifting heavy weights near me. He had a very stern look on his face as if he was coming from or about to get into a fight. Though he was not offensive at all to me, his presence created a vibe in the area that caused other people to conveniently move to other workout stations. I waited a couple of minutes until the timing was right and we were both between sets and resting at the same time. I went over complimented him on what he was doing and introduced myself. I watched his face magically transform from an intimidator to a gentle giant. His exterior was really just a mask to hide his inability to relate to the people around him. Once I made the connection he never went back to the same stern look for the rest of the workout.


The Great Parenting Contradiction

Posted: May 17, 2019

“I want my child to have self-discipline but I don’t want them to do anything they don’t want to do.”

By Master Christopher Rappold

As a parent, I would be the first to admit we have to choose our battles at times. With everything from what to eat, what to wear, how to act, to scheduling everything from homework to bedtime and the fact that unlike a 9 – 5 job, as a parent you never get to punch out. It is understandable why parenting has been called the toughest job in the world.


Karate Classes in Medfield - 15 Common Teen Peer Pressure Traps

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

Peer pressure can be tough to deal with. But it will help you to remember that you do have choices. Here are some of the situations in which you may encounter peer pressure.

1. Everyone else likes a certain kind of music that you don’t care for.


3 Things You Must Do Now To Get Your Child Ready For School

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

Can you believe it? We are already talking about the school year?  Didn’t we just start summer?  Well, like every year, the time comes faster than expected, but that doesn’t mean it has to be bad.  As all the retail stores start running their enticing back to school commercials, as parents we should be planning our children’s smooth return back to school.  Smooth for them and, yes,… smooth for us. So what are those three things we should do with a month to go that will make this transition the best it can be?


Martial arts in Mansfield - 10 Scientific Tips for Raising Happy Kids

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold Being a person who has devoted my adult life to bringing out the best in others, I was immediately drawn to an article on “Scientific Tips” for raising happy kids.  And while everyone has theories, I want to tip my hat and give full attention to people who invest the time to prove their theories with science.  The following list of 10 tips was gathered by Stephanie Pappas, A LiveScience.com contributor.  Take a look and see if any of the ten may help your understanding or reinforce your approach with your children. #1. LOL!  Joking Helps


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