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Part 3B: How to Handle the Bully at School

Posted: October 31, 2019

A Parent’s Guide by Christopher Rappold

Three simple steps to use when your child experiences bullying behavior at school

Without this unpleasant experience happening, you would only be able to hazard a guess at your child’s ability to handle this. Now you know where he/she stands in a situation of "push back."


Part 3A: How to Handle the Bully at School

Posted: October 23, 2019

A Parent’s Guide by Christopher Rappold

Why Bullying May Be the Best Thing that Could Happen to Your Child

When I look back on my years at school and think about the teachers I had, I have an adult realization: some of my toughest teachers taught me the most. Though I didn’t like the extra homework, additional assignments and hours of reading, they forced me to do something I wouldn’t have otherwise done myself ...push myself.


How to Handle the Bully at School

Posted: October 15, 2019

A Parent’s Guide by Christopher Rappold

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the child who is causing hurt to your child is probably hurting too. Where do bullies come from? Bullies often come from broken homes and/or homes that lack solid parental supervision and support. They are children that are crying out for something to be cured within them and are acting out the hurt in unpopular ways. Many times they lack the basic social skills for creating friendships in their life; therefore, they live with the need to "get attention" the wrong way, because in their mind negative attention is better than no attention at all. While all children will go through small versions of these feelings, children who truly come from the background described are destined to live there forever, unless something changes for them.

"Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the child who is causing hurt to your child is probably hurting too."


How to Handle the Bully at School

Posted: October 10, 2019

A Parent’s Guide by Christopher Rappold

If you had a choice of ridding the world of bullies or learning the mindset and skills to minimize or eliminate their negative impact on your child, which would you choose?

Think about it very carefully because the answer to the question will reveal how you are viewing the challenge before you. At times parents can feel powerless against the never-ending siege of negative experiences that we cannot protect our children from. It can be very painful to be a spectator to your child’s struggles with a bully. Haven’t you wished that the bully would just "go away" so your son or daughter could just happily continue down life’s path? Has it ever really happened? Sure, occasionally you will have the rare treat of having the bully moving out of state, but how often does that occur? When it does, everyone breathes a sigh of relief, but unfortunately it is only a matter of time before the same challenge rears its ugly head again.


The Single Most Important Decision For Your Health and Fitness

Posted: September 16, 2019

There was a study done which focused on the most important factor in determining your health and fitness five years from today. Having a Degree in Exercise Physiology, I wondered why they would research a question that had such a simple answer. Clearly the most important factor in determining health and fitness five years from today came down to your consistency to an exercise program. To my surprise…Wrong! Well clearly if it isn’t exercise, then it must be the other major factor that people tend to stumble on; Nutrition. Once again… Wrong!

At this point I have to admit I was skeptical. Studying four years in college taught me that the combination of exercise and nutrition was the key to health and fitness. How could it be anything but your input – what you eat or output – your exercise program?

When I heard the answer I realized that what college did not teach me in its pursuit of a scientific answer, life outside of school had already taught me. The most important factor determining your health and fitness five years from today came down to the people in your immediate social circle.


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