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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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Facing Adversity? Reach Out to Others.

7/26/2016 12:57:17 PM

Sometimes life just isn’t easy. Of course we wish it was, but bumps in the road, let-downs, and even heartbreak are inevitable. I bet you can think of more than a dozen situations when life just hasn’t gone your way. When we go through adversity, it’s easy to lose perspective and become consumed by our own situation. Sometimes, the hardships are significant and unquestionable. Other times, we might be making more out of our plight than it deserves, or as my mom used to say, we --- Read More
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A Millennial's Guide: What I Wish I Knew Before College, Part 3

7/18/2016 5:44:22 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 above questions, here is some--- Read More
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A Millennial's Guide: What I Wish I Knew Before College, Part 2

7/12/2016 5:56:56 PM

Hi, it’s Heather Sipes, Life Smart 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 other a--- Read More
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A Millennial's Guide: What I Wish I Knew Before College, Part 1

7/4/2016 11:56:35 AM

For the next few weeks, we’re delighted to have Heather Sipes, Social Media and Communications Director at LifeSmart, offer her insights to our audience. Take it away, Heather!     My first year of college was about 10 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--- Read More
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3 Ways to Help Teens Be Their Best Selves

6/27/2016 12:54:12 PM

I’m sure we can all relate. There are teens in your life (whether your children, students, or mentees) whom you want to see thrive. You want nothing but the best for them, and it can be discouraging when they make unwise decisions or when they perform poorly in a class, job interview, presentation, networking opportunity, or the like. Your first instinct is to wish you could have been their “inner coach.” But, then you realize that much of our personal growth comes from our dis--- Read More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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