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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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"To-Do List" For Parents of New College Freshmen: August

8/14/2018 12:11:52 AM

How can it be? We’ve arrived at the last month of summer, and for many, the first month of school. Now is the time of the “official” launch—the time we arrive on campus, unpack the car, move them into the dorm, and drive home with a much lighter load. Although it’s bittersweet, give yourself a pat on the back. You did it! You raised an adult!   Now that August is here, we are down to the wire when it comes to our preparation checklist. Free time is a scarcity. --- Read More
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Self-Awareness: The Ultimate Goal for Teens this Summer

7/30/2018 3:25:14 PM

  “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”  -Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man I love visiting with high schoolers and college students about their career plans. It takes me back to when I walked in their shoes. I remember feeling excited, confused, and a little bit anxious, but stayed positive for the most part. Eventually I found my way, but it was a circuitous path that taught me a lot about life and myself.   Some of my mentees are quite certain of their caree--- Read More
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Parenting Teens: The Fun Factor

7/17/2018 12:11:07 AM

Parenting is hard. Being a teenager is hard. Change is hard. For those of you with a teen, especially one who’s heading off to college in the near future, you’re probably going through a lot right now (as are they!). These days, everything seems so much more competitive (and expectations are higher all around), so it’s hard to not fall into the temptation to be a performance-based parent, always pushing our kids to excel in every area of their lives. Taking everything too serio--- Read More
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Parenting to-Do List for Parents of Incoming College Freshmen: July

7/2/2018 3:45:50 PM

Parents, you’re in your last full month. They say you have eighteen summers with your child, and, well…you have entered the ninth inning. In about a month or two, your teen (or young adult) will be opening a new chapter, beginning college, and starting their adult life. It’s a season filled with emotion for all parties, because you’ll be starting a new chapter, too. After all, we say “good bye” to their childhood and “hello” to their adulthood. So--- Read More
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6 Ways to Create Healthy Technology-Use Boundaries For Your Teens

6/26/2018 2:36:28 PM

The school year keeps teens very busy. They wake up early, take classes for the majority of the day, then participate in afterschool activities, do their homework, and get as much as sleep as they can. So, fortunately for them, the summer can be an opportunity for them to have a little breathing room, relax, and simply be a teen. However… I think the parents who’ve been home with their kids over the last week or two can all agree on one thing…   TEENS ARE GLUED TO THEIR --- Read More
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4 Steps to Ensure You Rock Your College Major Choice

6/18/2018 3:38:16 PM

We’ve been talking a lot about preparing for college around here lately. Now that we’ve arrived at glorious summer, it’s only a matter of months (or weeks) before students are moving into dorms and getting settled in the college rhythm. They’ve made one hard decision already—where to attend school. However, another hard decision still awaits them. What should they major in?   Most of us reading this can likely relate to this struggle. It’s a big decision!--- Read More
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The Most Important Thing for Teens to Learn This Summer

6/11/2018 8:00:35 PM

Summertime offers many wonderful opportunities to enjoy, explore, and create. For some of us, it means a family trip to Disneyland or camping in the closest state park. Maybe it means roasting marshmallows in the backyard or going to concerts in the park with your neighbors. We might read books, take a class just for the heck of it, or learn a new skill. We might even shoot our record round of golf (here’s hoping!)! The possibilities are endless.   But, here’s an idea that meets--- Read More
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Parenting "To-Do's" for Parents of High School Seniors: June

6/4/2018 11:53:23 AM

In the blink of an eye June has already arrived, which means we are in for four weeks of graduation ceremonies and parties, Father’s Day celebrations, last minute college paperwork, dorm room shopping, and much more. Not surprisingly, June can be a bittersweet month for both parents and teens. It’s exciting and rewarding to be closing the high school chapter, but also daunting to know this is your teen’s last summer before leaving home (and for teens, this is often when they fa--- Read More
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Summer is coming...and we need to talk about money.

5/28/2018 11:09:54 PM

  We are so close to a glorious summer break, I can almost taste it (yay!). Kids will be home, teachers will be off, and the sun will be out. Summer’s arrival also means many teens, grads, and college students will be starting up their summer jobs. Whether they’re nannying, mowing lawns, spinning pies at the local pizza joint, job shadowing a journeyman electrician, or interning at a law firm, the goal is to gain real life job experience, and of course, make whatever money they --- Read More
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Can Good Business Principles Make Us Better Parents?

5/21/2018 4:57:19 PM

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Has Dennis gone off his rocker? Business and parenting? Are you kidding me?”   But, stay with me on this. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.   As most of you know, I had an incredible business experience for some 30 years before founding LifeSmart. Throughout most of it, I worked for a hugely successful company, Russell Investments, that was awarded “Best Place to Work” a number of times. And, I spent 2--- Read More
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Happy Mother's Day from LifeSmart to You!

5/14/2018 12:30:26 AM

  Moms of teens, tweens, and little ones; this week’s message is for you! We hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day with your family and loved ones, and we’d like to continue the celebration by officially honoring you for all of your hard work, dedication, selflessness, energy, and time. Today, we recognize the countless hours you spent helping your child prepare for spelling tests, the time spent helping complete college apps and FAFSA forms, the endless trips you’ve --- Read More
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