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Setting Yourself And Your Child Up For A Successful Summer Of Fun

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold As with many parents, the feeling of summer and the children being out of school brings dreams of carefree unscheduled relaxation.  Days filled with sun, fun, contentment and laughter.  And while the season does usher in opportunities like this, being a parent for the past 16 years I can tell you it also can create, “I’m bored”, “There is nothing to do”, as well as a general slip in the positive lifestyle habits and routines that the school year helped to build.  Gone unnoticed, a summer can turn into a slide into a bottomless hole of Netflix and TV watching.   With this in mind, I wanted to share some advanced thinking so that you can be a step ahead in the planning process for your family.  Continuing with a theme I started in a recent blog, I do believe keeping yourself physically, mentally and spiritually growing is not a seasonal activity, rather it is a year-round lifestyle.  


6 Tips for Keeping the Summer Body You Want

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold #1 Where are you now?   Understanding where you are now is important in measuring forward progress.  Some common measurements are waist size, weight, body composition cardio or strength maximums.  Pick a couple of the measurements that make the most sense to you and check in with yourself every week.  By simply keeping your eye on those numbers that matter to you, you are more likely to make positive progress.    


Three Tips to Prepare for Back to School

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

 

Though you may find yourself still basking in the sun of the summer, we all know that right around the corner is back to school.  As with any transition, it can be challenging if not approached correctly.  With this in mind, here are three tips to help get you ready for the school year to come.


Back to school Butterflies that feel like Dragons

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

Can you think back to the time when you were starting a new school year? For some of us it is a far off distant memory. It can be so easy as a parent to simply fall into the thinking of, “don’t worry, be happy” or “what’s the big deal”. Imagine though, for a moment, how you would be feeling on your first day starting a new job. In adult terms that is probably closest to the potential of how your child feels going to school on their first few days.

Knowing this, I wanted to offer some helpful tips shared with me over the year by some amazing Personal Best Parents.


Being the First to Extend a Hand of Friendship

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold Recently I attended an event where I was an invited speaker.  It was not my first time attending, and I was thinking back to last year’s event which was not my favorite.  I remember the feeling of being stared down, judged and just enduring the cold culture it presented to me.  Knowing I would be attending again, didn’t give me a lot to look forward to. Prior to the event starting I made a decision.  I was going to actively be the first one to initiate contact, compliments and conversation with any of the people I came across.  I was amazed at how nice everyone was.  Many of the same people, but it seemed they had grown so much. 


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