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Welcome to the Balanced Life Skills "Digital Dojo" for our members.  Our Life is our Dojo.

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Bully Prevention Partners

Bully Prevention in 3 Minutes a Day

Look for our program for schools, teachers and parents. 

3 Minutes a…

When girls are mean to girls

The little girl, Jennifer, with cute pigtails and freckles who loved school and having the approval of her teacher also had lots of friends in school. What she did not know was there was another young girl - her ‘friend’ - who really wanted to be the most popular person in class,…

Listen with respect

In learning about bully prevention and really just about being a good friend our first rule of conduct is:

Listen with respect!

Everyone universally likes to feel heard. They want to know that you understand them. They do not want to feel like they are being judged.

Try to understand what someone is saying, before rushing to judgement.


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2014-2015 BLS Year Calendar

Download & Print the 2014-2015_BLS_Year_Calendar.pdf !!!

Then mark your calendar and save the dates!

Balanced Life Skills Black Belt Test 2013

Blog Posts

Red Belt Lemonade Stand

Posted by Catherine Griswold on July 24, 2014 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

Today, we, the red belts ( aka the black belt candidates ), set up a…


chin ups and pull ups

Posted by Christian Ciccarelli on July 21, 2014 at 4:40pm 0 Comments

I have been working every morning and night to become…


How persistence affects BLS

Posted by Joseph Van Deuren on July 6, 2014 at 8:40am 0 Comments

Balanced Life Skills will be 11 years old this November.  From the very beginning I personally had a dream of combining different arts under one roof.  The ultimate goal was to work with students on building character - their own way. …


Lighthouse Shelter Donation - Grey Stripe

Posted by Julie Russ on June 12, 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Nolan donated several children's books that he had enjoyed but was ready to pass along to other children.  In addition to the books, we purchased toiletries to donate as well.  We went to Target and selected shampoo, conditioner, soap,…


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How persistence affects BLS

Balanced Life Skills will be 11 years old this November.  From the very beginning I personally had…See More
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BLS Schedule

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Balanced Life Skills is OPEN  with the NEW summer schedule!

Closing policy can be found here.

Saturday workout August 1st is canceled due to Yoga Workshop.

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Balanced Life Skills

BLS CAMP COMMEDIA REVAMP: Summer Camp Week #2 and Week #3

Before “Friends” and “How I met Your Mother”; before “I love Lucy” and “I Dream of Genie”; the most popular sitcom was Commedia delle’arte. It began in the early 1500s in Italy. Actors donned masks and spoke an unintelligible language called Grommelot or “emotional babblespeak”. (For an understanding of the impact the Commedia Dell’arte had on theater history, I recommend this video, published by The National Theater.) Each scene, or Lazzi, consisted of characters from the same collection of stock characters, extrapolated from contemporary society. We studied eight of these characters. Each week the students were given paper mache masks that


3 ways to renew our efforts in reaching our goals

The feeling of frustration can take over when we are making mistakes, not getting the success we would like to see and we may feel like quitting.  We may have a picture in our mind of what our results will look like, and it is just not happening.  Interestingly enough our deepest moments of frustration come when our expectations and realities are not meeting each other.  So how can we maintain persistence in effort? Self talk – If we use self talk in a positive manner, helping ourselves to calm down and stay focused on the big picture we will


5 Keys to being persistent

How do we stay on task and on the path of achieving our goal.  Our own commitment to the goal is very important but these 5 resources will help us continue – be persistent – on this path. Support – also known as cooperation of others.  Having others in our circle of influence who know what our goal is and who have similar goals can be a big support to us achieving our goal.   They can spark our imagination and encourage us in times when we are lacking motivation. Passion – also known as desire.  The strength of our desire



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