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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


The Encouragement Trap and How to Avoid It

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold Encouragement is a wonderful thing.  Hey, we all need a little from time to time.  Especially when you are hitting a challenge or feeling like the world is temporality stacked against you.  The little pat on the back you need may be the spark that can get you firing again on all cylinders.   But can encouragement be taken to an extreme and be done to the detriment of your child’s growth and desire to excel.  According to Stanford University Law Professor Carol Dweck, Ph.D., the answer is yes.  She says, “Doling out generic praise based on superficial attributes such as intelligence, athletic ability and good looks can establish a fixed mindset in children.   This will limit their motivation for growth to a certain point. “     


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