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How To Acknowledge And Welcome All Your Experiences

Posted: May 17, 2019

Excerpt from the book “Be Your Personal Best: Confidence” written by Master Christopher Rappold

You is it! I know that’s bad grammar, but it is true. The mix of favorites and not so favorites, the good and the bad, the strengths and the weaknesses -- all add up to form who you are today. The exciting part about being human is that most things can be changed or improved.

Allow me to move to an analogy to illustrate the point I want to make. Let’s imagine you are carrying a piece of furniture down a narrow hallway. As you navigate the turn into a room you misjudge and catch your finger in between the furniture and the wall…Ouch. Has it ever happened to you? Well it’s happened to me and it hurts.

An important conversation to have with your child

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

I hope the school year is off to a great start for you and your children. No matter how good it is going, it is likely there will come a point when you are going to need to coach your child through a tough decision.

As many parents know, children and teens often times use the word “tattling” or “snitching to describe anyone telling an authority figure about any type of situation that occurred. Many times, instead of going to an adult, they simply keep what has happened a secret because they fear being made fun of or looked down on. The challenge is, without an interruption in the pattern of the bullying and the intervention from someone in a position of power, more than likely, it will continue.

What is your definition of bullying? It may not be the same we grew up with

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

An important realization for parents to make is that physical bullying accounts for less than 3 percent of the bullying that occurs in schools. The other 97 percent is psychological.

It’s vital that parents take the time to clearly define bullying to their children as being anything that is DONE REPETITIVELY and WITH INTENTION that makes children feel scared, pressured or down on themselves. What at times may seem innocent or “typical kid” behaviors that we as parents grew up with are actually the small seeds of where bullying and harassment occurs.

Is your child being harmed by an invisible enemy?

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

Bullying takes many forms. It can be a threat, making fun of someone or not including someone in activities. It can be mean-spirited or just distant and cold. It can be one-on-one or it can spread to situations where a group of students are all focusing negative energy on one lone sole. Whatever the exact description, it is all considered bullying.

Typically, when someone envisions bullying, what immediately comes to mind is the scene of a timid boy being pushed on the playground. While that qualifies as bullying, physical confrontation makes up a very small amount of the instances.

Step out of your comfort zone at social events

Posted: May 17, 2019

Excerpt from the book Be Your Personal Best: Confidence by Master Chris Rappold

If you are like over half the population, the idea of going to an unfamiliar social event can make you feel nauseous. Enjoying the company of friends is one thing, but being at an event where you may not know anyone is simply, in your mind, no fun. You wonder how you are going to deal with meeting people; what should you wear, what image do you want to portray and how will you make yourself interesting to others.

Recognize this event as an opportunity for self-expansion. The best way to attack this event is to commit with courage to be the first: the first one to say, “Hi” to people, the first one to give a compliment, the first one to share a smile or an approving look, the first one to offer someone a chair or some assistance. Playing small and being in the background will only feed the feeling of being uncomfortable. Instead of this, notice how many opportunities there are for you to be the first.

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