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

Posted: December 26, 2017

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: December 26, 2017

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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