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Is your child being harmed by an invisible enemy?

Posted: December 26, 2017

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: December 26, 2017

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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