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Massachusetts Parents! Tips to getting your children more organized in 2017!

Posted: May 17, 2019

from Parents Magazine

When you’re faced with a daunting organizing task, try The Pomodoro Technique, a simple productivity system that helps you break a project into focused blocks of time (25 minutes) followed by a five-minute break to recharge. It’s helpful for tackling dreaded projects such as piles of unfiled paperwork.

It’s great to get kids involved in the process of purging. My trick is to ask them, “What feels babyish?” Kids love the idea of being a big boy or a big girl, which allows them to let go.  Tip: Remember: There is no magic container. Getting organized is about reducing the clutter to begin with.

How to Build the “Dare Greatly” Side of Your Child?

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? If you are like me, the answer may be “More than I am doing right now”. Why is this? As I reflect on it, I think it partly comes from two pains; first, the pain we associate to trying new things; and second, the pain of carrying the memories of falling short and feeling like we lost. Whether it was criticism from another or something else, the not doing is more pleasurable than the potential gain from stepping out of your comfort zone.

Keith Rollag, Babson University professor and author of the book, What to do When You’re New: How To Be Comfortable Confident and Successful In New Situations, suggests the answer might be being less focused on performance and more focused on fun. Let’s face it: when we can help to shape our children’s focus by pointing out the adventure and fun of something, rather than our children sensing they didn’t rise up to our expectations, they are going to be more at ease in trying new activities.

Why is it important to you?

Posted: May 17, 2019

An excerpt from the book “Be Your Personal Best: Fitness”

By Master Christopher Rappold

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 

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