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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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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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Suffering from Senioritis? Here's Some Help...

5/7/2018 11:35:26 PM

If you are a senior (as in high school), a parent of a senior, or a teacher of seniors,  then this week’s message is for you!   se·nior·i·tis noun \?se-ny?r-'i-t?s\: an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.   Sound familiar? I know at this stage in my senior year I had the worst case of it! It’s likely most of us did. After all, we were on the homestretch, and most of us had ma--- Read More
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Parenting "To-Do's" for Parents of High School Seniors: May

5/1/2018 2:10:53 PM

Time is flying by! It’s now May, our college selection is complete, and it’s time to relax, at least a little bit. Now, our students need to focus on finishing strong while also enjoying the various senior activities and events (graduation parties, prom, senior outings, etc.) that will happen throughout the rest of spring. There may be a couple of forms to complete for their chosen university (IF that’s their next step), but for now, it’s time to let your graduating stude--- Read More
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The Changing Relationship Dynamic Between Parents and Teens

4/23/2018 7:42:08 PM

Over the coming weeks and months, many things will change for parents of graduating high school seniors. They’ll see their children less, miss out on beloved traditions or quality time, or feel like they have lost their sense of purpose. (Can any empty nesters relate?) However, for many parents of teens, their biggest struggle is loss of influence—imagined or real.   During the season of raising teens and young adults, our children are increasingly listening to voices other th--- Read More
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Taking Responsibility: A Life Skill We All Need to Master

4/16/2018 12:38:13 AM

Here’s a hypothetical scenario to consider: It’s finals week, and you’ve spent the last few days studying and cramming (and drinking more caffeine than you care to admit). Deep down, you know you should have started studying earlier in the month, but with your intramural flag football games, your Instagram addiction, the spontaneous beach trips, and Netflix binge watching, there just wasn’t enough time! Although you’re doing all the “right things” now by--- Read More
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Parenting "To-Do's" for Parents of High School Seniors: April

4/10/2018 5:22:13 PM

Parents of high school seniors: Now that we are already in the middle of April, it’s a good time to start talking about their looming transition from high school to college or career). Few transitions bring as much joy, tears, and anxiety to parents as when their children leave home and begin life on their own. In many ways, this milestone is a parent’s defining moment. How will they do? Have we prepared them well? How will we adjust? In what ways will our relationships change? --- Read More
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