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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


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

Set Your Teen up to Be a Great Communicator

10/24/2016 10:48:44 PM

When I first set foot on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, I realized for the first time what life was about. Money? No. A successful career? No. Any guesses?   Relationships.   I grew up in a smallish town in Wisconsin, where I knew everyone and they all knew me. Most of my relatives lived close by, too. Most of my friends were within walking distance (none of this having to arrange play dates!). It was quite the feeling of security.   After my parents d--- Read More

8 Financial Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

10/18/2016 1:26:51 PM

Money, money, money. Few things in life generate as much interest, yet demand more responsibility. Money is taken into consideration with almost every life decision we make (which is one reason why personal finance courses should be required in every school)! And while money itself will not bring happiness, mismanaging it can surely ruin a person’s chances for success, and cause a lot of UNhappiness.   The principles of wise financial management aren’t that tough to master. Tr--- Read More

4 Tips to Help Your High School Student Succeed

10/11/2016 9:22:48 PM

We just finished up an amazing week at the National Dropout Prevention Network conference in Detroit, MI. The LifeSmart team was able to share our perspective on what we can do as educators, mentors, and parents to help set teens up for success and graduate high school with their peers. Consequentially, we’ve got high school graduation on our minds—even if Halloween hasn’t yet arrived!   Are you a parent or a teacher of high schoolers? Have you ever wondered what YOU can d--- Read More

Will We Ever Let Them Go: Part Four

10/3/2016 11:55:58 PM

Millennials—you’ve probably heard some pretty strong statements about them. “No work ethic, too dependent on their parents, irresponsible, addicted to technology…” But in this four-part series, I’ve been addressing what steps we can take as parents, secondary educators, and college educators, to better equip them for a long line of success. And today, I’d like to talk to those on the fourth leg of the relay race—our employers. (If you missed the f--- Read More

Will We Ever Let Them Go: Part Three

10/3/2016 11:54:04 PM

Our nation’s colleges and universities have a powerful, two-fold influence on preparing young adults for life success. On one hand, they play a role as receiver of our high school graduates. On the other hand, after four plus years of educational effort, they serve as senders of their graduates to employers, communities, and independent life. They’re rather like the third leg of the relay race from parents to schools to colleges to employers.   The implications of this positio--- Read More

Will We Ever Let Them Go: Part Two

9/26/2016 6:43:21 PM

It’s not uncommon to hear negative generalizations about today’s young adults (AKA millennials). There’s a lot of blaming going around, but have we ever stopped to ask ourselves what our role might be? Or, what improvements we can make to their training? Today’s post is part two in our four-part series about equipping and fostering success in young people, with a special message to secondary school educators. If you missed our post for parents earlier in the week, you can--- Read More

Will We Ever Let Them Go: Part One

9/26/2016 6:41:17 PM

Like most of you, I hate stereotypes and generalizations. They’re unfair and usually do more harm than good. It’s why I’m not a fan of “bucketizing” people into this/that gender/age/ethnicity/economic/religious/political category. To me, the main “fruit” of these efforts is disunity. But, at the risk of not taking my own advice, I’d like to weigh in on the conversation about a group that is perhaps more stereotyped than any these days. . . Millen--- Read More

Teach Your Teen to be Smart about Technology Use

9/21/2016 1:09:08 AM

As parents, educators, mentors ,and coaches, most of us have noticed something about the teens and young adults we work with daily: THEY’RE GLUED TO THEIR PHONES!   We’ve probably all said it: “Back in my day, we didn’t even have cell phones…” And yes, that’s the truth. And we did just fine! However, it’s important to acknowledge the element of connectedness that millennials and the following generations possess. Thanks to the advancement o--- Read More

Three Tips to Help You Excel in College

9/12/2016 11:34:35 PM

School season has arrived and most of us have settled comfortably (hopefully!) into our classrooms, dorm rooms, or lecture halls. For many students, it’s the first year in the “real world,” experiencing life at college and away from their parents. For others, they’re still in high school, but itching to get the best grades so they can land their dream school. It can be an overwhelming feeling, but I have wonderful news for you.   You don’t need to be a rocket--- Read More

Be on Guard for Media Bias

9/6/2016 1:38:19 AM

Consider this hypothetical set of facts: the US Government just reported that the nation’s GDP (gross domestic product, an indicator used to gauge the health of a country’s economy) grew at 4.0 percent last quarter. This compares with 6.0 percent for the prior quarter and 3.2 perent for the long-term average.   How might this be reported by the purveyors of our news?   Well, first let me tell you how I’d report it: “US economic growth remained strong by hist--- Read More

The Value of Values: Part 3

8/30/2016 2:53:56 PM

What do you value most in life? Is it your collector’s hot rod? Your job? Your beach house? Your iPhone? Or, is it something less tangible, like integrity, family togetherness, spirituality, respect, or serving others? Hopefully, it’s one of the latter.   In case you’ve missed it, we’ve been talking a lot about values around here lately, and stressing the importance of instilling strong values in the young people we parent, coach, mentor, and teach. As ethics, mora--- Read More
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