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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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Ten Verbs to Start Your Parenting Day

2/16/2020 11:03:44 PM

Although it is certainly our desire, sometimes it’s not easy to be at our parenting best. The busyness and challenges of life, and our children’s dependence on us, can leave our tanks near empty at times. Stresses in our own lives are not always easy to compartmentalize, and they can easily spill over into our parenting. And, during the teen years, when our relationships often experience greater strain and conflict, it’s common to carry our frustrations and irritations into the--- Read More
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Three Tips for Lasting Love

2/4/2020 8:27:51 PM

As many of you may have noticed (and many of you may have not), the hit NBC show “The Bachelor” is back for its 23rd season this winter. That is 23 seasons of one man (this year, it’s Pilot Pete) dating a couple dozen women, with hopes of proposing marriage to one in less than two months. The show has a cult following, but it’s no wonder only a very small percentage of the outcoming relationships make it long-term. The whole premise is very unrealistic and doesn’t m--- Read More
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How This Teen Wrecked Her Part-Time Employment

1/29/2020 9:47:00 PM

Are your teens/students ready to excel in the workplace? Here is a story from our area of how one teen chose pleasure over work. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or guardian, it would be a valuable case to discuss with the adolescents under your guidance. It directly addresses some of the concerns employers are expressing about their younger workers.  Here goes. . .   An Italian family moved to Port Smalltown (not the real name) to establish a new restaurant, living out the--- Read More
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Is This Your Year to Fertilize or Prune?

1/8/2020 3:39:56 PM

Those of you who know me well know that gardening isn’t my thing. In fact, my thumb is so brown that you wouldn’t want me near your plants! I’m not sure why, but I think I overdo it with watering and fertilizer. More is better, so they say.   And, so it often goes with our early planning for a new year. I, for one, habitually fall into that trap. It might look something like this:   A five new goals list, complete with a fancy new planner to keep me on task A l--- Read More
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A Simple, yet Profound Idea for Building Resilience

12/12/2019 2:44:53 PM

For years, grit and resilience have been cited by leadership experts and psychologists as key ingredients to success. Given the following synonyms, antonyms, and definition of resilience, it’s easy to see why:   Synonyms: adaptable, buoyant, strong, hardy, rebounding Antonyms: fragile, delicate, weak, vulnerable, defeatist Definition: ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, etc.   Who wouldn’t want our children to be able to rebound from adve--- Read More
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Your Compliment May Mean More Than You Think

11/29/2019 3:40:21 PM

The other day, a friend of mine posted this request on Facebook: “Share the most meaningful compliment you’ve ever received.” What a great idea! It was fun to read the responses and ponder my own.    After thinking long and hard, I made my choice. But, first, a little background…   Back in 8thgrade, I was the one of the shortest guys in my class. As you can imagine, I was occasionally self-conscious about it—especially while slow dancin--- Read More
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How to Become an Empowering Parent

10/28/2019 12:53:07 PM

Our goal as parents should be to raise well-prepared, self-confident future adults who are ready to fulfill their dreams and purpose. Our goal should not be for them to “stick around” as long as possible, to control as much of their lives as we can, or to be their best friend. No, in order to be a parent who empowers, our parenting philosophy and approach need to be aligned accordingly.   Of course, it sounds easy to be a purposeful and intentional parent, always keeping our g--- Read More
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Wings Not Strings is Now Available!

10/23/2019 10:56:18 PM

  We have exciting news to share!  We’ve just released our new book, Wings Not Strings: Parenting Strategies to Let Go with Confidence! As our follow-up to Parenting for the Launch, people are calling it “a must read for every parent and an insightful guide to raising strong and independent kids who turn into exceptional adults!”      We wrote this book because so many young adults are struggling after t--- Read More
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9 Decision-Making Mistakes Your Teen Can Avoid

9/24/2019 4:08:00 PM

Truth be told, I hate making mistakes. Yes, I know they can be beneficial IF we learn from them, but I prefer my learning to come in other ways!   Given our human condition and imperfections, mistakes come in many forms, especially during the adolescent years when our brains, bodies, emotions, and lives are changing at breakneck pace. And, at a time when kids are making more of their own decisions, it follows that their mistakes will increasingly stem from flaws in their de--- Read More
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A Guide for Gen Z: What I Wish I Knew Before College, Part 3

9/7/2019 12:44:22 PM

Recent high school graduates: Do you ever feel unsure of what’s to come? Are you anxious about your future, whether it’s over your relationships, choice of major, or career goals? Do you wonder if life after high school is all that it’s cracked-up to be?  Parents: Do you worry about the day when your teen will move out and enter the real world? Are you worried they aren’t fully equipped? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the ab--- Read More
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A Guide for Gen Z: What I Wish I Knew Before College, Part 2

9/7/2019 12:39:09 PM

Hi, it’s Heather Sipes, LifeSmart Communications Director and “upper millennial,” back for round two! I hope you’re enjoying this series focusing on the things I wish I knew before I started university. Hopefully this is a great resource for those of you who are teens, and also for those of you parents, teachers, mentors, and coaches who are guiding them. In case you missed last week’s post, you can read it here. This week, I’d like to focus on some othe--- Read More
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