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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

Top Ten Parenting Tips to Promote College Readiness (Part Two)

2/21/2017 1:32:16 PM

Top Ten Parenting Tips to Promote College Readiness (Part Two)   Last week, we shared the first five of our ten best parenting tips to build college readiness and circumvent the “derailers” plaguing college students today. The sooner we can build these skills in our future collegians, the better prepared they will be to succeed! Without further adieu, here are the final five tips:    6.      Respect their need for balance and margin. In an effo--- Read More

Top Ten Tips to Promote College Readiness (Part One)

2/11/2017 11:07:43 PM

“Don’t prepare the path for the child, prepare the child for the path.” ~ Author Unknown   Or, as we say at LifeSmart, “Give them wings, not strings.”   Preparing our children for a successful launch into adulthood is one of our greatest parenting responsibilities. And a huge milestone! Unfortunately, as we shared in last week’s blog, many college students are struggling at this pivotal time of life. Our nation’s college completion ranki--- Read More

Growing Signs of College Unreadiness

2/6/2017 7:59:59 PM

Have you experienced something like the following? You’re invited to a high school graduation party brimming with pride and promise. In a few short months, he/she will be heading off to college to fulfill his/her dreams, so it’s a festive occasion. Then, after a semester, a year, or maybe two, we hear the disheartening news: in an unexpected turn of events, our friend/relative/son/daughter just dropped out. That upbeat graduation party seemed like only yesterday, didn’t it? Now--- Read More

Three Tips to Help Teens Date Smart

1/30/2017 9:40:51 AM

Ahhhh… the time is finally here. The holiday we all look forward to throughout the entire year that’s filled with candy, glitter, expensive dinners, cherubs, school parties, and cupids. Valentine’s Day!   Okay, I know most of us don’t actually look forward to Valentine’s Day all year. In fact, Valentine’s Day can be a hard time for people who may feel lonely as a single person or unhappy in their current relationship. After all, shouldn’t we all ha--- Read More

Is it Time to Revisit High School Course Requirements?

1/23/2017 5:16:36 PM

When we speak to educators and administrators at various conferences around the country, one of the questions we invariably ask is:   “How many of your schools have defined a well prepared graduate for life?”   Sadly, we’ve yet to see more than 10 percent of audience members respond affirmatively. Of those, comparatively few admit that their school has a specific pathway to build these required skills.   At the same time, out in the “real world," we f--- Read More

Let's Make 2017 the Year of Listening

1/14/2017 6:13:24 PM

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” ~ Epictetus   Question: what one action fosters unity, common understanding, mutual respect, healing, better decisions, more effective management, stronger marriages, families, and friendships, and greater empathy, civility, harmony, knowledge, and perspective? (I think we can all agree these are worthy causes!) Answer: LIstening. If we dedicated ourselves to becoming better listeners. I believe--- Read More

From Dreamer to Achiever: Making Your 2017 Vision a Reality

1/9/2017 4:55:02 PM

So, what grade would you give yourself regarding your 2016 resolutions? If you’re like most of us, you succeeded with a few, but fell short on more. Sometimes our goals get lost in the shuffle. Sometimes we fail because we didn’t turn our goals into specific plans and actions (i.e., we stayed in dream land). And, sometimes we weren’t that serious about them in the first place.   In last week’s blog, we encouraged you to develop an aspirational vision for 2017, and --- Read More

Casting Your Vision for 2017

1/2/2017 12:58:24 AM

So, how was your 2016? Despite the holiday frenzy, I hope you took some time to reflect on the year, highlighting your blessings and, yes, considering what might have gone better. What brought you the greatest joy? What were your personal growth successes? Whose lives did you impact the most? What lessons did you learn from your greatest challenges? Does your future look differently?   Soon, the bowl games will be over and it’ll be time to cast your vision for the new year (includin--- Read More

What Christmas Traditions Can Do for Your Teen

12/19/2016 6:23:11 PM

“Aaaaw, do we really have to do                              this year?” (eyes roll)   Got teens?  If so, it may be easy for you to fill in the blank. Many times, these are the years parents get the most pushback from their kids when it comes to family traditions.  (Think Audrey in Christmas Vacation, if you’re a fan.) &nb--- Read More

An Out-of-the-Box Holiday Idea

12/12/2016 10:46:29 PM

Tired of shopping from cift card-laden lists that remove the element of surprise? Tempted to play it safe yet again? Or, are you willing to take a calculated risk and think “out of the box” for the special people/person in your life? Allow me to share a true story that might just influence your decision… and add a little magic, too.   I grew up in a family with limited financial means but who went “all out” at Christmas. Imagine a Norman Rockwellian Christmas --- Read More

Take Charge of Your Worries

12/6/2016 12:12:03 AM

Have you ever noticed that some people are chronic worriers, while others seem to calmly take things in stride? I’ve often wondered how hard life must be for the worrying types. They face the same uncertainties as more easygoing types, but somehow manage to focus on what could go wrong or how something may potentially negatively affect them. It shows up in their stress level, appearance, disposition, and encounters with almost everyone.   Very early in life, I decided to minimize wo--- Read More
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