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One of the Most Valuable Skills Every Child Should Know

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

Have you ever been in a place where you are in a room full of people and you don’t know anyone? Remember how that feels? What’s the quickest way to go from a feeling awkward to empowered? The quickest way I have found is to introduce yourself to someone.

I remember being in a local gym working out. A few minutes after I started, a big, strong bodybuilder- type man came in and was lifting heavy weights near me. He had a very stern look on his face as if he was coming from or about to get into a fight. Though he was not offensive at all to me, his presence created a vibe in the area that caused other people to conveniently move to other workout stations. I waited a couple of minutes until the timing was right and we were both between sets and resting at the same time. I went over complimented him on what he was doing and introduced myself. I watched his face magically transform from an intimidator to a gentle giant. His exterior was really just a mask to hide his inability to relate to the people around him. Once I made the connection he never went back to the same stern look for the rest of the workout.

The Great Parenting Contradiction

Posted: May 17, 2019

“I want my child to have self-discipline but I don’t want them to do anything they don’t want to do.”

By Master Christopher Rappold

As a parent, I would be the first to admit we have to choose our battles at times. With everything from what to eat, what to wear, how to act, to scheduling everything from homework to bedtime and the fact that unlike a 9 – 5 job, as a parent you never get to punch out. It is understandable why parenting has been called the toughest job in the world.

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