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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

6 Easy Ways to Show You Care

6/22/2016 10:12:25 AM

I hope this post finds you refreshed and uplifted after a Father’s Day well-spent with your family. Father’s day is such a special time to focus on the dads in our lives and show them our appreciation and love. This day always reminds me of the value of relationships—of mine with my parents and with my kids. I’m reminded of the strategic impact that fathers have in the roles of their children, even years after they’ve left the house! As I reflect on the value of --- Read More

7 Relationship-Building Activities to Do with Your Teen This Summer

6/13/2016 5:41:10 PM

Now that school is out and summer is in full swing (already?), you maybe be wondering, “Now what are we going to do for the next two-and-a-half months?” Summer is the best time to take advantage of your teen(s) presence and availability—use it to slip in some special moments that will build your relationship and just have fun. Go on a hike. What better way is there to have an impactful conversation and build relationship capital with your teen than enjoying the great outdo--- Read More

Free Webinar Series for Parents of Teens!

6/8/2016 2:47:21 PM

When you think about your teen’s future, do you worry if they have what it takes to thrive on their own? Are you 100 percent confident they’re equipped with the necessary resources to be successful adults? When you’ve worked so hard to raise happy and healthy teens, it can be worrisome to see them: feeling stressed out and overwhelmed having a hard time staying focused and motivated struggling with procrastination or disorganization suffering from low self-confidence --- Read More

An Invaluable Summer Project for Your Teen(s)

6/6/2016 3:16:20 PM

Summertime offers many wonderful opportunities to enjoy, explore, and create. We might travel to distant places or camp in a nearby park, gazing at the stars with our s’more in hand. We might read books, check out a concert, take a class just for the heck of it, or learn a new skill. We might even shoot our record round of golf! The possibilities are endless.   But, here’s an idea that meets the “enjoy, explore, and create” test, but costs nothing, can be done anyw--- Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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