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Back to school Butterflies that feel like Dragons

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

Can you think back to the time when you were starting a new school year? For some of us it is a far off distant memory. It can be so easy as a parent to simply fall into the thinking of, “don’t worry, be happy” or “what’s the big deal”. Imagine though, for a moment, how you would be feeling on your first day starting a new job. In adult terms that is probably closest to the potential of how your child feels going to school on their first few days.

Knowing this, I wanted to offer some helpful tips shared with me over the year by some amazing Personal Best Parents.

Being the First to Extend a Hand of Friendship

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold Recently I attended an event where I was an invited speaker.  It was not my first time attending, and I was thinking back to last year’s event which was not my favorite.  I remember the feeling of being stared down, judged and just enduring the cold culture it presented to me.  Knowing I would be attending again, didn’t give me a lot to look forward to. Prior to the event starting I made a decision.  I was going to actively be the first one to initiate contact, compliments and conversation with any of the people I came across.  I was amazed at how nice everyone was.  Many of the same people, but it seemed they had grown so much. 

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