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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 Handle Transitions with Confidence

12/11/2017 1:24:19 PM

What do entering kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and your first career have in common? The answer is transitions. BIG transitions. In these cases, they’re based on stages of life, while other biggies include moves, job changes, a new marital/relationship status, and having kids.   As I look back on my life and reflect on my conversations with today’s students and young adults, I’m reminded of how difficult these transitions can be. Y--- Read More
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Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Kids and Teens

12/4/2017 12:38:17 PM

We’ve arrived the holiday season and the hustle and bustle abounds. There’s a holiday activity to attend at every turn—tree lightings, festivals, family parties, cookie exchanges, Christmas pageants, church services, and much, much more. For a family with kids—especially ones in early teen to older teen age range—it can be hard to find activities that “fit” their current interests.   It’s not too uncommon for teenagers sense the independence--- Read More
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Keeping the Peace During the Holidays: Part Two

11/27/2017 7:10:55 PM

In last week’s post, I shared four things to help avoid communication breakdowns, especially during the holiday season when we’re surrounded by so many family and friends. One consideration for promoting peace and harmony (and not just for the holidays!) is the form of delivery our communication takes, especially when dealing with a highly charged topic.   Writing letters, emails, or texts is certainly easier than speaking about sensitive subjects in person, especially if you&--- Read More
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Keeping the Peace During the Holidays

11/20/2017 6:55:16 PM

Now that Thanksgiving and the holiday season are upon us, there are a few things we can be certain of: good food (and too much of it!), sweet treats, festive activities, shopping until we drop, and time with extended family.   Unfortunately,, for some of us, time with extended family can be strained. And when tensions are high, people are much more likely to take offense. This week, I’d like to talk about HOW you communicate with others and how you can avoid conflict as you interact--- Read More
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The Gift of a Giver

11/14/2017 2:46:24 PM

During this time of year, we are inundated with suggestions of ways we can help others. Whether it’s the Salvation Army volunteers wearing Santa hats and ringing bells outside your local grocery store (I do that!), organizations making it possible for you to “adopt” a family less fortunate than yours, or packing up shoeboxes full of goodies to send to children in third world countries—there are countless ways you can make a difference. To be honest, I think it is a welcom--- Read More
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Friendsgiving and the Four Stages of Friendship

11/6/2017 11:23:53 AM

The holidays are already just around the corner (how did that happen?), so many of us are already filling up our calendars with festive events, dinner parties, school functions, and traditional gift exchanges. It’s a season to focus on family and friends. How many of you are having a Friendsgiving celebration this year? I know that I am, so I definitely have the topic of friendship on my mind.   With so much focus on spending time with those we love, I’m reminded of what real --- Read More
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The Road To Resilience: Part Two

10/30/2017 12:43:26 PM

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… Unless you fail to make the turn.” ~Helen Keller Last week, we talked about the importance of resilience. Adversity is unavoidable and comes in many forms, so we so we shared five tips for developing resilience. (If you don’t want to read the entire blog from last week, here’s a summary of our five pointers: Keep a healthy perspective, know your worth, tap into your support system, take care of your health, and for--- Read More
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The Road to Resilience

10/23/2017 1:46:32 PM

As much as we all wish that life was an easy, straight shot road to success and happiness, we know that isn’t the case. Even when we practice diligence, discipline, commitment, respect, honesty, and integrity as we work toward our goals, there’s simply no way to avoid pitfalls and obstacles in life.  We’ve talked about handling adversity before, but this week we’d like to specifically address developing the character quality of resilience.   Resilience is defi--- Read More
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Risk Aversion and The Importance of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Part Two

10/16/2017 7:41:40 PM

Last week, we talked about risk aversion (especially in millennials and the younger generation) and the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone in all areas of your life. We are continuing that theme this week. (If you missed last week’s blog, you can find it here.)   When we think about our favorite feel-good movies—those with memorable heroes and heroines and happy endings that make our souls feel full—what’s the general plot line that comes to mind? For --- Read More
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Risk Aversion and The Importance of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Part One

10/10/2017 3:37:34 PM

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard some conflicting descriptors of Millennials. Some will say how creative, relational, and connected they are. Others will marvel at the emphasis they put on the meaning of their work, and not just the work itself. Millennials ask themselves: Is what I’m doing purposeful? How is it making a difference? What am I passionate about? Great stuff!   On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, you’ll hear educators, mentors, emplo--- Read More
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Forget "Get Rich Quick." Grow Your Wealth PATIENTLY.

10/3/2017 7:40:41 PM

Promises of getting rich quick are more rampant than ever these days and especially during rising markets. Any of us with a Facebook account probably see at least a dozen invitations a week to some sort of multi-level marketing company that will get you wealthy in no time (“from the comfort of your own cell phone!”). The implication with any sort of “get rich quick” promise or advertisement is that, with little effort or investment, you can become wealthy overnight. &nbs--- Read More
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