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Great Expectations: Holding Children to Higher Standards than Adults

Posted: May 17, 2019

I stumbled upon this article and felt it said perfectly how the ways of the world are right now. We should always be mindful of this.

Enjoy, Master Rappold

How can we expect our kids to be perfect all of the time when we're not perfect ourselves?

Four Ways Losing Helps us Learn

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

Learning to lose is arguably more important than learning to win.  Think about it: if Thomas Edison didn’t have the growth mindset and didn’t look at each attempt to invent the light bulb as one step closer to success we may not have enjoyed the invention of the incandescent light bulb in 1879.  So what are some things we can learn from this as adults and what are the lessons to pass onto our children?   Feedback not Failure 

Four tips on Personal Protection with your children

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

When I conduct self-defense seminars, I frequently am asked questions about being alone in a dark parking lot. The simple answer always follows… DON’T BE! With so many more options for parking, always choose lit spots over dark allies and whenever possible to be sure to park in populated areas. Bright lights and lots of people will take care of 95 percent of it and allow you to feel safe.

While we have a choice in most cases of where to park, we often don’t have the choice of not having our children with us. And while I will tell you that the stats on child abduction are somewhere as likely as getting hit by lightening, it does happen. So as a parent what are a few things we can do to keep our younger children when they are with us safe?

Invest $4 to receive $96 back

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

The ultimate leverage for a healthy life: invest $4 and get back $96. How good does that sound to you?  Do the math; it is a 24,000% return!!  Imagine going to Las Vegas with those odds in your favor, I don’t think they would have the money left to build anymore big resorts.  What about investing money in the stock market?  You invest $4 and you get back $96, again a 24,000% return!  Won’t be too long before you are purchasing a second home and an island to put it on.  

When we think in terms of examples like these, it is clear to see the power of the investment. But invest 4% of our day (ONE hour) to give yourself the other 96% (23 hours) of being more productive, less stressed and able to enjoy a deeper more restful sleep, some will still turn away, citing everything from “I don’t have enough time” to “it’s just not for me.”    

The Five Ways We Benefit From Relaxing

Posted: May 17, 2019

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With the rushed busyness of our hectic lifestyle, we often underestimate the power of relaxation. Most of us have a massive to-do list each day, and we feel we can't afford to slow our pace or we'll quickly fall behind. However, we fail to acknowledge the ways that relaxation can increase our stamina, clear our thoughts, and allow us to get much more accomplished with less effort.

The other day, I put this theory to the test, and decided to spend an afternoon and evening doing the unthinkable: nothing. I was feeling stressed and run down by a crazy schedule, and even though I had a ton of stuff that needed to be done, I decided to just stop, put everything aside and do... nothing!

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