Parenting for the Launch What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
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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 Ways to Parent with Purpose

7/19/2014 12:18:07 PM

“Caution: Some Assembly Required!” We’ve all seen the warnings on product packaging countless times.           I vividly recall assembling a swing set and following the directions to a T. Afterwards, I noticed a few seemingly important parts left over—never a good sign. After rereading the directions, I realized the problem. The manufacturer forgot to include some needed steps in the instructions! Not only that, there were precious few images of --- Read More
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The Benefits of Counting your Blessings

7/12/2014 1:03:41 AM

Count your blessings. It’s a bit of a cliché phrase, but it is incredibly good advice.   While others are adding up their troubles and stressing about life situations they can’t control, you could be focusing on personal contentment and happiness by considering all the little blessings in your life.   As I think about the people I’ve known in my past, the people who have regularly counted their blessings (both big and small) seem the most content. They take not--- Read More
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The Mother of all Financial Musts

7/6/2014 8:15:35 PM

We’ve all heard the age-old saying that money will never truly make you happy. However, mismanaging your money and making poor financial decisions can be a life wrecker!   Believe it or not, money problems are among the top reasons for divorce, alcoholism, and suicide in the United States. Therefore, it is crucial to become a wise manager of your financial resources. Financial literacy should be one of your greatest learning priorities, and it should be a core requirement for our na--- Read More
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4 Ways to Avoid Being Socially Awkward

6/28/2014 11:24:10 PM

Have you ever noticed that there are some people who seem to have it all (good looks, book smarts, sense of humor), but come across as socially awkward in business or social settings?   There have been times that each of us has lost an audience for one reason or another. Whether it is from talking too much about ourselves, excessive detail, arrogance, bad body language, or even an unappealing communication style, we sometimes miss the mark. It’s never fun for the people involved, bu--- Read More
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Get Outside!

6/21/2014 2:25:35 PM

I have been incredibly fortunate to live in areas surrounded by nature. Growing up in Wisconsin, I would shoot mice by the creek during the winter, pick strawberries in the spring, and collect bird eggs for our collection during the summer. During the fall, I would pick wild hickory and hazel nuts. Being outdoors was simply the best. And, it remains true today as I live in the stunning marine community of Gig Harbor, Washington. The beauty is everywhere.   Why is it so important to get ou--- Read More
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Handling Situations you can't Control

6/15/2014 8:20:19 PM

As much as we hate to admit it, most of us like to be in control. Control gives us freedom, power, and even confidence. It allows us to steer our own course. Be the captain of our own ship.   But what happens when we lose it? Click here to read more…   As young adults head off to college or into the workforce, they’ll be in the driver’s seat for the first time; free from their parents’ day-to-day oversight. At last, they will experience the sweet feeling of--- Read More
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6 Interview Tips for Landing that Summer Job

6/7/2014 5:25:05 PM

If you are a young person getting ready to embark on the search for a summer job or know someone who is (hello parents, teachers!), then this post is for you! Whether you’re attempting to land your dream position, an internship, or a temporary summer job, everyone needs to be in top form for interviews in this challenging job market. Here are some tips that will help set you apart and avoid any deal breakers when the pressure is on. Tip 1: Make a great first impression. You might not r--- Read More
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Are you a Role Model for Children? Some Important Questions to Ask yourself...

5/31/2014 1:36:26 AM

One of the funny things in life is that kids like to play “grown up” while grown ups wish they could be kids again!   Kids are highly impressionable creatures. They mimic their heroes through the clothes they wear, the way they talk, the music they listen to, and the hairstyles they choose. In honor of Father’s Day approaching, I urge you to consider the person you are around younger children (even if you’re a teen!). Are you a role model? Ask yourself these questi--- Read More
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3 Important Reasons to Preserve your Reputation

5/24/2014 3:00:47 PM

What is a prized possession you can rarely get back once you lose it?   The answer is your reputation.   These days, one of the growth industries is brand management. (In fact, branding “experts” are seemingly everywhere—ask any business owner!) At the core, the “brand” is what the company represents and constituents (e.g., customers) can expect to receive. Any successful business must develop and sustain its brand and view it as a core asset. Companie--- Read More
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This Father's Day, Give the Gift of Confidence.

5/18/2014 12:01:21 AM

Moms! Dads! Did you know you can CONFIDENTLY raise your teenager?   If you have put thought into “launching” your children and releasing them into the real world as an adult, you probably have a few qualms.  Our book, Parenting for the Launch, will prepare and equip you for this extremely monumental milestone.   Consider this as a Father’s Day Gift for the dads in your life, or grab a copy for yourself.  Parenting for the Launch equips you with all that you --- Read More
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Be Your Best Self

5/10/2014 4:12:56 PM

Are you your “best self” in everything you do? Are you committed to excellence?   Consider this scenario: A young man (let’s call him Joey) finds a job opening in his chosen career field. He lands an interview and arrives for it ten minutes early, dressed to the nines. Joey wants this job, so he is determined to be on his “A game.” He sells himself in the interview and lands the job with his knowledge, gregarious personality, and unique skillset. He is tol--- Read More
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