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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

How to Help Your Senior Finish Strong

4/24/2017 5:34:14 PM

se·nior·i·tis noun se-nyer-‘i-tis: an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.   Sound familiar? I know I certainly suffered from senioritis during both high school and college (and my daughter is living it as I write this)!  At this point in the year I was so burnt out on tests and looking ahead to college or my new career,that it was easy to rationalize slacking off at school.--- Read More

Eight Ways to Avoid "Foot-in-Mouth" Disease

4/17/2017 7:14:01 PM

These days, it feels like the majority of our communication is online. Thanks to Facebook (and other social media platforms), e-mail, blogs, and the capability for many career positions to work remotely, most of us are more comfortable communicating online than we are in person. In fact, because we live in such a tech-inundated world, face-to-face communication skills (especially amongst young people) are at their all-time worst. Needless to say, we could all use some tips on how to avoid miscom--- Read More

Career Readiness: Excelling on the Job

4/10/2017 8:46:38 PM

“Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work for it.” ~Author Unknown   It’s day one on the job, and we can’t wait for our corner office, leather chair, and stunning view. Not so fast! Success on the job (including the perks!) takes hard work, and no one is entitled to it. In today’s competitive workplace, employers are managing their staffs with greater scrutiny than ever. Consequently, we must continually justify ourselves by adding --- Read More

Career Readiness Essentials: Developing Your Marketing Savvy

4/3/2017 2:01:19 PM

  “A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A, M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B.” ~”Fats” Domino Wouldn’t it be nice if employers would appear on our doorstep with lucrative job offers and automatically recognize our greatness? Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. But, judging by the horror stories we routinely hear from employers, some are mistakenly acting as if it were true. The fact is, we may have all of the qualificati--- Read More

To Land Your Dream Job, Build Your Edge

3/26/2017 12:25:35 AM

  One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation. ~Arthur Ashe   So, you’ve buckled down and identified several candidate careers (or majors) that could be your perfect match. Now, it’s time to turn this vision into a reality! It’s a highly competitive job market out there, so you’ll need a solid plan to acquire the necessary qualifications to win. That means building your competitive edge—the next --- Read More

Finding a Career That Fits You

3/18/2017 6:01:11 PM

Life is filled with important decisions, but few are as critical as selecting a well-matched career. Not only is it our primary income source, but it also is the most direct way we apply our skills and talents in life. With all of the time we spend in our careers, it pays to make this one of the most well researched decisions in life. That means inventorying our skills, interests, and personal preferences, and researching different career options that play to our strengths, are realistically acc--- Read More

Career Readiness Essentials: Knowing What Employers Value

3/13/2017 3:18:52 PM

Here’s a true story from my hometown. She was scheduled to arrive for work as a server for a small family restaurant at 5:00. However, she apparently received a better offer. At 4:55 she called the owner, informing him that she was sick and unable to work. But, merely 15 minutes later, she would be posting pictures of herself with friends at a beach party some seven miles away. When she showed up refreshed for work the next day, she was fired on the spot.   This case example is worth --- Read More

Self Awareness: Where Career Readiness Begins

3/7/2017 6:35:01 PM

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is Youer than You.” ~Dr. Suess   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 and confused at the same time. Eventually I found my way, but it was a circuitous path!   Some of my mentees are quite certain of their career interests and have laid out detailed plans to get there. However, m--- Read More

Career Readiness Essentials for School and Home

2/28/2017 2:17:52 PM

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” ~Dr. Suess   “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question each of us has received (and often loathed!) countless times in our formative years. For some, like my daughter, the answer was clear from an early age. For most, it’s a trial and error process with midcourse changes—and loads of stress. And, that’s only the--- Read More

Top Ten Parenting Tips to Promote College Readiness (Part Two)

2/21/2017 1:32:16 PM

Top Ten Parenting Tips to Promote College Readiness (Part Two)   Last week, we shared the first five of our ten best parenting tips to build college readiness and circumvent the “derailers” plaguing college students today. The sooner we can build these skills in our future collegians, the better prepared they will be to succeed! Without further adieu, here are the final five tips:    6.      Respect their need for balance and margin. In an effo--- Read More

Top Ten Tips to Promote College Readiness (Part One)

2/11/2017 11:07:43 PM

“Don’t prepare the path for the child, prepare the child for the path.” ~ Author Unknown   Or, as we say at LifeSmart, “Give them wings, not strings.”   Preparing our children for a successful launch into adulthood is one of our greatest parenting responsibilities. And a huge milestone! Unfortunately, as we shared in last week’s blog, many college students are struggling at this pivotal time of life. Our nation’s college completion ranki--- Read More
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