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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. “     


An Important Conversation To Have With Your Child

Posted: December 26, 2017

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.   To encourage children and teens to report bullying behavior when it happens, it is important to help them see clearly the difference between the two words.


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