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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

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
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Making the Most of Your Summer Job

5/29/2016 11:28:37 PM

Congratulations on landing your summer job! I vividly remember my first—as a grocery “stock boy” at an area store. To be honest, I had some mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, my paycheck would far exceed any allowance I ever earned! I’d be able to put some money aside for my college fund and still have some left over for extra spending. On the other hand, I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy the job, and I’d miss my old summers that were mostly play. --- Read More
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Communication Strategies that Empower and Influence Your Teen: Part Three

5/23/2016 7:19:09 PM

If you’re a parent, mentor, teacher, or coach with a teen (or teens) in your life, you’ve likely had some communication hiccups. Let’s face it—teens can be hard to talk to at times and I’m sure I was no different. That’s why we’re sharing our best tips to relate in a way that’s empowering, uplifting, and effective. If you missed the first two parts of this series, hop over here to read the first installment and here for the second.   Stra--- Read More
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Communication Strategies that Empower and Influence Your Teen: Part Two

5/16/2016 5:08:01 PM

With all the busyness that parenting teenagers entails (homework, sports, after-school activities, sleepovers, college applications, financial aid, finals, parent/teen relationship struggles, etc.), sometimes practicing good communication can fall to the wayside. It’s important to remember that we will never influence and empower our teens to be their best selves without applying effective communication strategies .   Are you struggling to “get through” to your teen? Fee--- Read More
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Communication Strategies that Empower and Influence Your Teen: Part One

5/10/2016 11:33:29 AM

After just finishing up a weekend that focused on all things “Mom,” (and what a great weekend it was!), parenting is fresh on my mind. Parenting is good work. It’s certainly not easy, but it’s vitally important work that forever impacts the lives of the next generation. As I reflect back to when I was parenting young teens, I am reminded of the importance of intentionality in this season of life.. In fact, there is one area that can either make or break your relationship --- Read More
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Smart Financial Planning Isn't as Hard as You Think

5/3/2016 11:34:54 AM

There are all sorts of plans and programs and books out there to help people get out of their financial holes and step into a fresh, healthy budget plan. I'm not saying those programs don't have value, but there is a very simple (and free) way to make sure you stay out of the red when it comes to your finances. Make sure more money is coming in than is going out, and make a conscious, organized, and concerted effort to track your spending. When to it comes to budgeting, many find it right up the--- Read More
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Someone Out There Needs You!

4/25/2016 1:12:24 PM

Not too long ago I (Dennis) had the opportunity to spend a day with high school students at a well-regarded prep school. Although it was a “day off” on the school calendar, some 150 students took time out of their busy weekend to attend this special program. It was sort of like a conference, sort of like a focus group. We spent the majority of the day tackling difficult life issues, and asking ourselves questions like: What are the biggest issues facing us today? What role does our f--- Read More
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Connect! (Part 3): Why Hope Matters

4/17/2016 11:43:41 PM

What does it take to “succeed” in life? This is a question we often ask not only for ourselves, but also for the young adults in our life whom we want to see thrive, succeed, and achieve their destiny. In our work with teens, educators, and parents, we’ve developed a helpful diagram that illustrates the path that most of us travel throughout life on the road to accomplishing our goals and “life purpose” (aka “destiny”).   You can see it starts --- Read More
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Teaching Teens the Art of Professional Networking

4/11/2016 3:44:35 PM

With spring in full swing, we can almost taste the arrival of summer. For many educators and parents of teens, summer means graduation is right around the corner, and newly launched young adults will be looking for summer jobs or looking to enter the workforce full time. To help set your teen up for success in this arena, you will want to instill the importance of a vital life skill: networking. You’ve heard said many times: “It’s not what you know, but whom you know.” O--- Read More
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Connect! (Part 2): Harnessing the 4 Motivations that Drive Human Behavior

4/4/2016 2:23:07 PM

I (Arlyn) recently spoke with an alternative education teacher who told me how her school can predict when a new student will have negative outburst. She told me, “Three weeks, pretty much to the day, is when they’ll act out. They’ll be defiant, or steal something, or throw something … or display some other behavior designed to provoke a response.”   Why? For a couple of reasons, she told me. These students are generally testing two things: 1) to see if the bo--- Read More
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Connect! (The Best Way to Help Students Succeed)

3/28/2016 12:54:11 PM

One of my (Arlyn’s) five children had a rather low GPA when he was in high school, relative to his capacity (and much to his parents’ constant dismay). It was a good thing he was an excellent test taker, because that, more than anything else, was what saved his bacon! He frequently told us, “Don’t worry, Mom and Dad; I’ll apply myself in college, where it really counts.”   Now, I’m not for a minute excusing that cop out, although I will concede he i--- Read More
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Better Yourself (and Others) by Expressing Your Emotions

3/21/2016 1:01:56 AM

With Easter very quickly approaching (hey, wasn’t it just Christmas?), most of us will be spending time with family in the coming weekend. Although family time is incredibly precious and shouldn’t be taken for granted, it can still be very difficult for some. How does time with people we love end up being so tough sometimes? Well, for one, it’s because we often put on our “everything is A-okay” masks and don’t express ourselves honestly or openly. Deep down, --- Read More
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