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Are our children truly educated?

It’s graduation season and we have a whole new crop of adults going out into the world.  Whether they are going on to college, into the military or going to work full time, there are things they need to know.  Things they didn’t learn in school.  Things that are uncomfortable for some people to talk…

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Who are your 5?

Motivational speaker Jim John has said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.  While there are arguments on whether or not this is true, when it comes to bullying, I think it may have something to do with it. Whether we like it or not we are…

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Shout out

Every one of our black belt candidates has to write a paper.  Depending on their age (novice, junior or adult), the requirements differ, but they have to pick a topic and get it approved, research it and write it before their review.  Recently, one of the junior black belt candidates (juniors are age 13 -…

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Whatever happened to being kind?

This last week, I’ve seen a lot of posts about problems with bullying in our community. As always, this gets me just as upset as the parents who are dealing with it and I get to wondering all the same questions they have; why it happens, how it continues to happen and how to stop…

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PADA of Jefferson County

This morning I had the opportunity to volunteer at the PADA Walk A Mile Family Fun Event in Lake Mills, WI.  First of all I want to commend all that participated in this event to promote safe and healthy homes for all in Jefferson County.  I’m so proud to have been a part of the…

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Keep it simple

Far too often, we make things more complicated than they need to be.  Sometimes it’s because we are overthinking everything.  We analyze, re-analyze, try to figure out the whys and the why nots and how to make it better whether it be in work, relationships or activities that are supposed to enjoyable. Other times it’s…

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more fun with Legos

I have been talking a lot with my students about how karate can be a lot like playing with Legos.  Each block is like a technique.  The nature of it doesn’t change; it’s still the same color and size.  What changes is how you use it. Is it part of the hood of the bat…

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take control

Mothers and daughters share a special bond.  It’s tenuous at times and fierce at others.  I came across a few of incidents this week of that fierceness – that primal instinct to protect.  Sometimes we’re there, able to protect our daughters and sometimes something happens out of our control and we can’t.  Often we are…

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Teens and tweens

It’s been said that teenagers are the explanation as to why, in the animal kingdom, some mothers eat their young.  As a mom, I remember times that I could understand this!  However, I truly love working with tweens and teens. They are so bright and funny when they want to be.  However, they have their…

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The biggest battle

Who is your real battle with? Competition can bring out some very good things in a person – it can encourage you to work harder than you ever have and give you an opportunity to show off your skills.  However, it can also bring out fear and a lack of self-confidence.  It can highlight a…

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