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About danblanchard

Parent, Educator, Author Dan Blanchard the Award Winning Author and Speaker, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach who grew up as a student-athlete. Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Since then, Dan has successfully completed twelve years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Connecticut Writing Project. He was chosen by the American Federation of Teachers as their face and voice of educational reform. Dan has authored the two dynamic teen leadership books, Feeling Lucky? and Feeling Good. His third book of the Granddaddy’s Secrets series, Feeling Strong! will be out next winter. As an educator, coach, author, and speaker Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and family dog, Daisy.

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 11)

Blog 11 Preseason Week 11             Monday’s 45-minute car ride to KT-KIDZ Wrestling was good. During it, I spent some time sharing some of my high school underclassman war stories on the varsity wrestling mat with Dakota. I’m trying to work on Dakota’s self-confidence and mental toughness because I know he’ll have a much [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 10)

Blog 10 Preseason Week 10 We’re coming up on Halloween, and I don’t know where the time has gone. It’s dark and cold in the mornings now when I leave for work. And it’s dark and cold at night when I get home. My son Dakota has improved in wrestling during this preseason beyond my [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 9)

Blog 9 Preseason Week 9             My wife and I are a little frustrated right now. When I feel like this, I try to remind myself that Dakota is still only 14-years old. And… it took me 48-years to become the man that I have slowly and sometimes painfully become today. Progress is like [...]

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The Cyclical Father-Son Storm

His icy cold stare His fierce determined look He's fearless I admire that; he drives me crazy   He's 3-feet tall and 30 lbs His small bark resonates, “No, I won't!” My bigger bark echoes, “Yes, you will!” He's fearless I admire that; it drives me crazy   I engulf him in my shadow again [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 8)

Blog 8 Preseason Week 8  Wow! This week is off to another crazy start. Dakota and I snuck in a quick drilling session with some instruction that quickly wore me out late Sunday night. After about 15 minutes, my shirt was soaked, and I felt exhausted. I was a bit concerned because I shouldn’t have [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 7)

Blog 7 Preseason Week 7             I notice for the first time tonight that the leaves here are really starting to change colors. It’s a cool Monday night on Columbus Day in early October in the northeast part of Connecticut or the quiet corner, where I live with my family. Things have been a [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 6)

Blog #6  Preseason Week 6   It’s Monday night again, and once again Dakota and I are back in the car heading to another pre-season wrestling practice after consuming another dinner in seven minutes or less. These pre-season days are so busy. As a matter of fact, all of these autumn back-to-school days are busy. [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 5)

Blog #5 He’s Getting Better             As the next week of pre-season wrestling rolls around, Dakota tells me in the car on the way to practice that he isn’t feeling 100%. I wonder if his interest in wrestling is fading, or if he’s still feeling the effects of last week and those really tough [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 4)

Preseason Week 3- A Little Frustrated Blog #4 I feel like my 14-year-old boy Dakota is already changing for the better, thanks to wrestling. When I showed him moves at home this week, he actually said, “Thanks.” Wow… is all I can think. I guess wrestling really is putting him on the path to be [...]

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Dan’s Interview with Childhood Survivor Pamela Elaine Lockridge!

 Although Pamela is an author, like myself, I have never interviewed anyone quite like Pamela for my blog. Pamela is a childhood survivor and now an adult thriver. What she had to overcome as just a little girl is something that no child should ever have to face. But she did have to face it, [...]

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