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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

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.

Two reactions to bullying not to be ignored

Students or adults that are being bullied may be singled out because of some characteristic that makes them different from the majority. It might be due to a person’s race, religious affiliation or sexual orientation. Young people with learning differences or disabilities are often targeted more…


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Parent Coaching Series

In April our Parent Coaching Series will look at the why and how of writing a mission statement for our families.  

Imagine setting out in a new business or on a vacation without a plan, purpose or expected outcomes.  Our family and more important our children need that mission plan.

April 16, 5:30 PM at Balanced Life Skills Media Room

 Child care will be provided


Balanced Life Skills Black Belt Test 2013

Blog Posts

Big Dragon - Green Belt, Grey Stripe

Posted by Ellen Chase on April 21, 2014 at 7:39pm 0 Comments

For my green belt grey stripe, I am working with my family to make my yard a wildlife habitat. We need to have food and water sources for animals. We also need shelter and a place for wildlife to have young animals. Right now we have done everything… Continue

Earth Day Thank You

Posted by Kelly Thompson on April 21, 2014 at 4:49pm 0 Comments

This past week I sent out invites to join us at Quiet Waters Park to celebrate their Earth Day event and "Trash Bash Clean Up" on Saturday. I just wanted to express my gratitude and thank all of those that came!

BLS was the only…


leadership course

Posted by James Kline on April 20, 2014 at 1:03pm 0 Comments

1. Success is the feeling of when you have accomplished something to its fullest extent and you feel like you did a great job on it.

2. I interviewed my dad and this is what he said.

What is your defonition of… Continue

Honoring students with courage

Posted by Joseph Van Deuren on April 17, 2014 at 2:12pm 0 Comments

It is very easy for us to sit in class and say that it…


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Ellen Chase posted a blog post

Big Dragon - Green Belt, Grey Stripe

For my green belt grey stripe, I am working with my family to make my yard a wildlife habitat. We…See More
Ellen Chase posted photos
Kelly Thompson posted a blog post

Earth Day Thank You

This past week I sent out invites to join us at Quiet Waters Park to celebrate their Earth Day…See More
James Kline posted a blog post

leadership course

1. Success is the feeling of when you have accomplished something to its fullest extent and you…See More

BLS Schedule

Balanced Life Skills is OPEN and operating on normal schedule.

Closing policy can be found here.

 Workout on Saturday April 26 at 8 AM for all Solid Belts and brown belt and above Big Dragons. 

Testing for Lil & Big Dragons starts at 10 AM

How to Register on this site

Balanced Life Skills

Permutations of Kungfu

It is a pretty common occurrence here at the kungfu school, and at martial arts schools everywhere as far as I can tell. A teacher corrects a movement or explains a certain technique, and the student objects that the teacher is directly contradicting what the student was taught by another previous teacher. Or a student looks at two teachers demonstrating the same technique or form, and sees that they are very different. “So which on is right?” the student wants to know. The answer is usually both. Or neither – that is, both versions may be equally valid, though they


Helping teens who feel stressed

The headline in the Washington Post read, “Student stress tied to rash of suicides…”. One parent that was interviewed stated that, “They are under too much pressure. It’s not all about how many AP classes you took.” The stress and pressure so many students feel at the high school level comes from many different directions. They are encouraged strongly by advisers that they need to take AP classes. They are pushed by parents to do well in school and take on a multitude of extra-curricular activities from multiple sports to clubs and organizations – so they can get into a


Student stress over getting into “good” schools

The struggle is on between parents and young adults. The struggle is about college. Not, should I go or not go to college. The struggle is debt or no debt, is this school the best for me, will I be able to get a job if I choose this school over that school. Having 4 children myself and watching the results of many more going to school, getting out and working on using what they learned – one thing I do know is that the stress level prior to going to the school of your choice is greater than the



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