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Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More

Unintended Consequences of Parenting Styles

1/15/2018 10:33:17 PM

  The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. ~Denis Waitley   Parents: I think all of us can agree that we want to see our children happy, admirable, and successful.  But, how we help them achieve this is all over the map, isn’t it? When I grew up, authoritarian parenting was the norm. Those were the days of “Because I said so,” and non-negotiable chores. Teens were expected to leave home after --- Read More

Want to Change the World? You Don't Have to Wait.

1/8/2018 1:13:09 PM

I don’t know about you, but the times in my life when I experience pure joy are when I do something that has a lasting impact on others. I mean, is there anything better than knowing you’ve made a positive difference in the world! Deep down, we all dream about being earth shakers.   Unfortunately, many people wait until their later years (if at all) to serve others and truly impact their community. History is filled with hermits who leave large nest eggs after they die, never --- Read More

4 Ways to Help Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

1/2/2018 6:29:25 PM

Wow. . . 2017 was certainly a year for the books. I am sure there were high highs and low lows for all of us. But with palpable political tension, great tragedies such as the multiple mass shootings that occurred, and natural disasters that ravaged (and are still ravaging) our country and our world, I think we’re all ready to take a deep breath and face 2018 with a fresh hope. I am certainly anticipating a year of positive growth, and hope we can all take what we’ve learned this year--- Read More

The Greatest Gift I've Ever Given...

12/19/2017 2:30:43 AM

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? How about the best gift you’ve ever given? Can you come up with your top three? What’s the common denominator between them all? What makes the gifts so special? More often than not, when I ask people these questions, they usually respond with gifts that: were not expected were ones they (or the other person) really needed showed how much one person knew or understood the other were not necessarily things, but experiences--- Read More

How to Handle Transitions with Confidence

12/11/2017 1:24:19 PM

What do entering kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and your first career have in common? The answer is transitions. BIG transitions. In these cases, they’re based on stages of life, while other biggies include moves, job changes, a new marital/relationship status, and having kids.   As I look back on my life and reflect on my conversations with today’s students and young adults, I’m reminded of how difficult these transitions can be. Y--- Read More

Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Kids and Teens

12/4/2017 12:38:17 PM

We’ve arrived the holiday season and the hustle and bustle abounds. There’s a holiday activity to attend at every turn—tree lightings, festivals, family parties, cookie exchanges, Christmas pageants, church services, and much, much more. For a family with kids—especially ones in early teen to older teen age range—it can be hard to find activities that “fit” their current interests.   It’s not too uncommon for teenagers sense the independence--- Read More

Keeping the Peace During the Holidays: Part Two

11/27/2017 7:10:55 PM

In last week’s post, I shared four things to help avoid communication breakdowns, especially during the holiday season when we’re surrounded by so many family and friends. One consideration for promoting peace and harmony (and not just for the holidays!) is the form of delivery our communication takes, especially when dealing with a highly charged topic.   Writing letters, emails, or texts is certainly easier than speaking about sensitive subjects in person, especially if you&--- Read More

Keeping the Peace During the Holidays

11/20/2017 6:55:16 PM

Now that Thanksgiving and the holiday season are upon us, there are a few things we can be certain of: good food (and too much of it!), sweet treats, festive activities, shopping until we drop, and time with extended family.   Unfortunately,, for some of us, time with extended family can be strained. And when tensions are high, people are much more likely to take offense. This week, I’d like to talk about HOW you communicate with others and how you can avoid conflict as you interact--- Read More

The Gift of a Giver

11/14/2017 2:46:24 PM

During this time of year, we are inundated with suggestions of ways we can help others. Whether it’s the Salvation Army volunteers wearing Santa hats and ringing bells outside your local grocery store (I do that!), organizations making it possible for you to “adopt” a family less fortunate than yours, or packing up shoeboxes full of goodies to send to children in third world countries—there are countless ways you can make a difference. To be honest, I think it is a welcom--- Read More

Friendsgiving and the Four Stages of Friendship

11/6/2017 11:23:53 AM

The holidays are already just around the corner (how did that happen?), so many of us are already filling up our calendars with festive events, dinner parties, school functions, and traditional gift exchanges. It’s a season to focus on family and friends. How many of you are having a Friendsgiving celebration this year? I know that I am, so I definitely have the topic of friendship on my mind.   With so much focus on spending time with those we love, I’m reminded of what real --- Read More

The Road To Resilience: Part Two

10/30/2017 12:43:26 PM

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… Unless you fail to make the turn.” ~Helen Keller Last week, we talked about the importance of resilience. Adversity is unavoidable and comes in many forms, so we so we shared five tips for developing resilience. (If you don’t want to read the entire blog from last week, here’s a summary of our five pointers: Keep a healthy perspective, know your worth, tap into your support system, take care of your health, and for--- Read More
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