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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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From Lemons to Lemonade: Turning Trials to Triumph

3/24/2020 10:36:42 PM

No matter who we are, we eventually face trials and crises. They usually happen to us individually (death, sickness, job loss, divorce), but in rare situations, like now, it affects us all. Although the degree and nature of our burdens vary, in generalized crises no one goes unscathed—especially in one that involves both our health andfinances. That’s a double whammy that hits extra hard, and we’re all hurting.   The question isn’t so much whether we’ll fa--- Read More
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Parenting With Freedom or Fear: The Bicycle Test

3/16/2020 11:29:12 PM

 When we wrote our new book, Wings Not Strings: Parenting Strategies to Let Go with Confidence, we chose our title based on the imagery it represents. At launch time, will we, figuratively speaking, release our “eagle” with wings to soar, confident, capable, and free to fulfill his/her dreams? Or, will we be releasing a “kite,” whose strings we control and maneuver out of fear, and whose freedom we inhibit?   Although our title was aimed at the teen being--- Read More
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We're Busting These Nine Career Myths

3/5/2020 12:53:52 PM

Over the years of mentoring 17-24 year olds, we’ve been struck by the numerous misconceptions that are causing anxiety, disillusionment, uncertainty, insecurity, strategic mistakes, and regret as they plot their career courses. Whether due to incomplete training in high school and college, lacking self-awareness, or mistaken assumptions, their progress is being thwarted by several career-related myths.    This blog is designed to help you debunk these myths with the teens and yo--- Read More
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Ten Verbs to Start Your Parenting Day

2/16/2020 11:03:44 PM

Although it is certainly our desire, sometimes it’s not easy to be at our parenting best. The busyness and challenges of life, and our children’s dependence on us, can leave our tanks near empty at times. Stresses in our own lives are not always easy to compartmentalize, and they can easily spill over into our parenting. And, during the teen years, when our relationships often experience greater strain and conflict, it’s common to carry our frustrations and irritations into the--- Read More
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Three Tips for Lasting Love

2/4/2020 8:27:51 PM

As many of you may have noticed (and many of you may have not), the hit NBC show “The Bachelor” is back for its 23rd season this winter. That is 23 seasons of one man (this year, it’s Pilot Pete) dating a couple dozen women, with hopes of proposing marriage to one in less than two months. The show has a cult following, but it’s no wonder only a very small percentage of the outcoming relationships make it long-term. The whole premise is very unrealistic and doesn’t m--- Read More
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How This Teen Wrecked Her Part-Time Employment

1/29/2020 9:47:00 PM

Are your teens/students ready to excel in the workplace? Here is a story from our area of how one teen chose pleasure over work. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or guardian, it would be a valuable case to discuss with the adolescents under your guidance. It directly addresses some of the concerns employers are expressing about their younger workers.  Here goes. . .   An Italian family moved to Port Smalltown (not the real name) to establish a new restaurant, living out the--- Read More
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Is This Your Year to Fertilize or Prune?

1/8/2020 3:39:56 PM

Those of you who know me well know that gardening isn’t my thing. In fact, my thumb is so brown that you wouldn’t want me near your plants! I’m not sure why, but I think I overdo it with watering and fertilizer. More is better, so they say.   And, so it often goes with our early planning for a new year. I, for one, habitually fall into that trap. It might look something like this:   A five new goals list, complete with a fancy new planner to keep me on task A l--- Read More
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A Simple, yet Profound Idea for Building Resilience

12/12/2019 2:44:53 PM

For years, grit and resilience have been cited by leadership experts and psychologists as key ingredients to success. Given the following synonyms, antonyms, and definition of resilience, it’s easy to see why:   Synonyms: adaptable, buoyant, strong, hardy, rebounding Antonyms: fragile, delicate, weak, vulnerable, defeatist Definition: ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, etc.   Who wouldn’t want our children to be able to rebound from adve--- Read More
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Your Compliment May Mean More Than You Think

11/29/2019 3:40:21 PM

The other day, a friend of mine posted this request on Facebook: “Share the most meaningful compliment you’ve ever received.” What a great idea! It was fun to read the responses and ponder my own.    After thinking long and hard, I made my choice. But, first, a little background…   Back in 8thgrade, I was the one of the shortest guys in my class. As you can imagine, I was occasionally self-conscious about it—especially while slow dancin--- 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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