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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


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

Can Good Business Principles Make Us Better Parents?

5/21/2018 4:57:19 PM

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Has Dennis gone off his rocker? Business and parenting? Are you kidding me?”   But, stay with me on this. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.   As most of you know, I had an incredible business experience for some 30 years before founding LifeSmart. Throughout most of it, I worked for a hugely successful company, Russell Investments, that was awarded “Best Place to Work” a number of times. And, I spent 2--- Read More

Happy Mother's Day from LifeSmart to You!

5/14/2018 12:30:26 AM

  Moms of teens, tweens, and little ones; this week’s message is for you! We hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day with your family and loved ones, and we’d like to continue the celebration by officially honoring you for all of your hard work, dedication, selflessness, energy, and time. Today, we recognize the countless hours you spent helping your child prepare for spelling tests, the time spent helping complete college apps and FAFSA forms, the endless trips you’ve --- Read More

Suffering from Senioritis? Here's Some Help...

5/7/2018 11:35:26 PM

If you are a senior (as in high school), a parent of a senior, or a teacher of seniors,  then this week’s message is for you!   se·nior·i·tis noun \?se-ny?r-'i-t?s\: an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.   Sound familiar? I know at this stage in my senior year I had the worst case of it! It’s likely most of us did. After all, we were on the homestretch, and most of us had ma--- Read More

Parenting "To-Do's" for Parents of High School Seniors: May

5/1/2018 2:10:53 PM

Time is flying by! It’s now May, our college selection is complete, and it’s time to relax, at least a little bit. Now, our students need to focus on finishing strong while also enjoying the various senior activities and events (graduation parties, prom, senior outings, etc.) that will happen throughout the rest of spring. There may be a couple of forms to complete for their chosen university (IF that’s their next step), but for now, it’s time to let your graduating stude--- Read More

The Changing Relationship Dynamic Between Parents and Teens

4/23/2018 7:42:08 PM

Over the coming weeks and months, many things will change for parents of graduating high school seniors. They’ll see their children less, miss out on beloved traditions or quality time, or feel like they have lost their sense of purpose. (Can any empty nesters relate?) However, for many parents of teens, their biggest struggle is loss of influence—imagined or real.   During the season of raising teens and young adults, our children are increasingly listening to voices other th--- Read More

Taking Responsibility: A Life Skill We All Need to Master

4/16/2018 12:38:13 AM

Here’s a hypothetical scenario to consider: It’s finals week, and you’ve spent the last few days studying and cramming (and drinking more caffeine than you care to admit). Deep down, you know you should have started studying earlier in the month, but with your intramural flag football games, your Instagram addiction, the spontaneous beach trips, and Netflix binge watching, there just wasn’t enough time! Although you’re doing all the “right things” now by--- Read More

Parenting "To-Do's" for Parents of High School Seniors: April

4/10/2018 5:22:13 PM

Parents of high school seniors: Now that we are already in the middle of April, it’s a good time to start talking about their looming transition from high school to college or career). Few transitions bring as much joy, tears, and anxiety to parents as when their children leave home and begin life on their own. In many ways, this milestone is a parent’s defining moment. How will they do? Have we prepared them well? How will we adjust? In what ways will our relationships change? --- Read More

Qualities of Workplace Superstars: Professionalism

4/2/2018 11:42:25 PM

A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it. ~Alistair Cooke   For young adults who are just entering the workforce, it can be an eye-opening experience. In a culture that has grown more coarse and casual by the year, and where parents and educators expect the other to take responsibility for building employability skills, many employers --- Read More

Qualities of Workplace Superstars: Resilience

3/25/2018 11:39:58 PM

  If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. ~Frank A. Clark   You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be  the best thing in the world for you. ~Walt Disney   Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~Oprah Winfrey   Hard stuff happens. As much as we might wish that the path to success is a straight line, it’s not. In our personal lives, it might include loss, disappointments, mistakes, mistreatme--- Read More

Qualities of Workplace Superstars: Friendliness

3/19/2018 11:25:03 PM

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. ~Douglas Pagels   Friendship improves happiness and abates misery by doubling our joy and dividing our grief. ~Joseph Addison   Winning friends begins with friendliness. ~Dale Carnegie   “TGIF.” It’s arguably the most common weekly comment I hear or see on social media. Shared by people who can’t wait for the weekend. And, more often than not, by people who --- Read More

Qualities of Workplace Superstars: Team Mindedness

3/12/2018 11:10:28 PM

  If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. ~Henry Ford   Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. ~Michael Jordan   None of us is as smart as all of us. ~Ken Blanchard     What do choirs, symphonies, NASA space launches, the Golden State Warriors, military operations, Olympic pair skating, successful marriages, hospital emergency rooms, business projects, and your favorite restaurant have in common? T--- Read More
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