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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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How to Become an Empowering Parent

10/28/2019 12:53:07 PM

Our goal as parents should be to raise well-prepared, self-confident future adults who are ready to fulfill their dreams and purpose. Our goal should not be for them to “stick around” as long as possible, to control as much of their lives as we can, or to be their best friend. No, in order to be a parent who empowers, our parenting philosophy and approach need to be aligned accordingly.   Of course, it sounds easy to be a purposeful and intentional parent, always keeping our g--- Read More
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Wings Not Strings is Now Available!

10/23/2019 10:56:18 PM

  We have exciting news to share!  We’ve just released our new book, Wings Not Strings: Parenting Strategies to Let Go with Confidence! As our follow-up to Parenting for the Launch, people are calling it “a must read for every parent and an insightful guide to raising strong and independent kids who turn into exceptional adults!”      We wrote this book because so many young adults are struggling after t--- Read More
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9 Decision-Making Mistakes Your Teen Can Avoid

9/24/2019 4:08:00 PM

Truth be told, I hate making mistakes. Yes, I know they can be beneficial IF we learn from them, but I prefer my learning to come in other ways!   Given our human condition and imperfections, mistakes come in many forms, especially during the adolescent years when our brains, bodies, emotions, and lives are changing at breakneck pace. And, at a time when kids are making more of their own decisions, it follows that their mistakes will increasingly stem from flaws in their de--- Read More
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A Guide for Gen Z: What I Wish I Knew Before College, Part 3

9/7/2019 12:44:22 PM

Recent high school graduates: Do you ever feel unsure of what’s to come? Are you anxious about your future, whether it’s over your relationships, choice of major, or career goals? Do you wonder if life after high school is all that it’s cracked-up to be?  Parents: Do you worry about the day when your teen will move out and enter the real world? Are you worried they aren’t fully equipped? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the ab--- Read More
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A Guide for Gen Z: What I Wish I Knew Before College, Part 2

9/7/2019 12:39:09 PM

Hi, it’s Heather Sipes, LifeSmart Communications Director and “upper millennial,” back for round two! I hope you’re enjoying this series focusing on the things I wish I knew before I started university. Hopefully this is a great resource for those of you who are teens, and also for those of you parents, teachers, mentors, and coaches who are guiding them. In case you missed last week’s post, you can read it here. This week, I’d like to focus on some othe--- Read More
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A Guide for Gen Z: What I Wish I Knew Before College, Part 1

8/28/2019 12:24:58 AM

For the next few weeks, we’re delighted to have Heather Sipes, Communications Director at LifeSmart, offer her insights to our audience. Take it away, Heather!   ---   My first year of college was 12 years ago. I was bright-eyed and my heart was bursting with idealistic dreams for my future. It was hard to not romanticize this next step in my life, and I was convinced I was about to embark on the most fun, life-changing, and insightful season. I mean, these are the best y--- Read More
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9 Keys to Winning New Friendships

8/10/2019 5:29:51 PM

January and August. Two months that are as diametrically opposed as day and night, but that share one important characteristic in common: they are the months of new beginnings.    In August, my mind naturally drifts to the new transitions our students will be facing. Perhaps they’re entering high school from middle school, in a new setting and back to being the lowest rung in the ladder. Or, perhaps they’re entering their senior year, knowing this will be their last in fa--- Read More
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Are There Shortcuts to Success? You Might Be Surprised.

7/29/2019 1:46:37 PM

One of my favorite things to do during talks and workshops is to ask provocative questions and see how the audience responds. A recent example during some educator workshops was, “How many of you believe there are shortcuts to success?” More often than not, only a small minority will raise their hands. Whether it’s because that’s what they truly believe or because they think that’s what the speaker wants to hear, few audiences believe in shortcuts. Then again, most --- Read More
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Take Time to Reflect on the Things that Really Matter

7/16/2019 9:36:29 PM

Even though it’s summertime, our lives are still inundated with the call to be busy ALL. THE. TIME. Summer camps. Special trainings. Sports events. Tutoring sessions. Swimming Lessons. Vacations. Barbecues. Road trips.   Of course, all of these things individually add value to your life in various ways. However, when they are compounded on top of each other, and life feels hectic, they can have a counterproductive, draining effect. The oft-quoted saying, “I need a vacation f--- Read More
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This Summer, Build Relationship Capital With Your Teen

7/3/2019 12:57:26 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. Building relationship capital is crucial at this stage in your teen’s life (and your parenting journey!). This will help solidif--- Read More
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Reversing the Pattern of Entitlement in Young People

6/17/2019 11:36:55 PM

As I was enjoying a much needed relaxing weekend, I was reflecting on how the employment world has become so competitive. It struck me how we have to raise the bar in order just to stay even. The question is: are we even staying even?        Two groups of people immediately came to mind when considering who could best answer this question: employers of young people and school counselors. After all, they’re the respective “consumers” --- Read More
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