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Parenting for the Launch

Raising Teens to Succeed in the Real World, by Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence

Many parents of teenagers describe feeling isolated, ill-equipped, and under-prepared, with kids who don’t appear be listening during this crucial time of life. They are anxious about their children leaving home and their relationships are often strained. At a time when parents want to become closer to their teens, they feel like they’re being pushed away in favor of other voices. These questions keep them awake at night:

  • Have we covered the bases?
  • How will our relationship change?
  • Are they ready?
  • Are we ready???

We believe (and think most will agree) that young adults today need more than head knowledge. They need a solid, holistic leadership foundation that will support them and enable them to make key decisions in these crucial years and beyond. This includes having a purposeful life perspective, solid character, strong personal disciplines, the ability to develop healthy relationships, career smarts, financial management skills, and the capacity to overcome adversity. So, we (Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence) collaborated to write Parenting for the Launch: Raising Teens to Succeed in the Real World as a comprehensive guide for today’s parents to train tomorrow’s successful adults. We hope it will inspire, equip, and encourage parents with proven principles and innovative strategies to confidently navigate the later teen years, particularly in that strategic period leading up to the "launch."

Parenting for the Launch is designed to help parents grow in their understanding, effectiveness, and confidence in preparing their teens for a successful launch. It is filled with principles, strategies, thought-provoking questions and exercises to guide today’s parent. It also offers the invaluable perspectives and desires of employers and educators who are working with young adults-- "real world" perspectives on what our children need to thrive in adulthood.

Want a sneak peek? The book contains three powerful sections:

1. Destination Preparation: how to give teens “wings, not strings,” setting parenting goals, building a leadership foundation in your teen, and preparing him or her with street-smart wisdom for key life decisions 

2. Relationship Preparation: how to customize your parenting based on your teen’s unique personality, how to affirm his or her value through an understanding of his/her “personal assets,” how to successfully communicate and build an enduring relationship, and how to recruit positive third party voices into your teen’s life

3. Transition Preparation: how to move from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat by gradually releasing control, and how to set up for a successful transition after your teen leaves home 

Download a Sample Chapter and Introduction.

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What I Wish I Knew at 18

Life Lessons for the Road Ahead, by Dennis Trittin

What I Wish I Knew at 18 is an engaging, comprehensive, and conversational book written to help young adults achieve success in life. It provides practical, road-tested wisdom in essential life arenas as life perspective, character, relationships and communication, spiritual life, handling adversity, personal productivity, college academics, career selection and advancement, love and marriage, and managing finances. Through illustration, instruction, and reflective questions, the book reveals 109 success pointers that auger a soaring launch into adulthood. Unique in scope, universal in its message, and timely in its wisdom, What I Wish I Knew at 18 is designed to serve as an invaluable life coach.

Although conversationally written to students, What I Wish I Knew at 18 also is a compelling parenting resource to help prepare children for success in adulthood. Its comprehensive focus on both deeper subjects (character, relationships, purpose) and key decision areas (career, marriage, finances) provides parents a never before seen vision for successful preparation at this critical milestone. Parents will not only know all the essential bases to cover, but also the desired outcomes for their children in key areas of life. Children who embody the success principles and values captured in this book are well equipped to reach their full potential and positively impact the world.

What I Wish I Knew at 18 is also a must read for schools, colleges, faith leaders, mentors, and coaches as they partner with parents to educate students for life. Served in “bite sized morsels,” the success pointers average one to two pages in length, along with study questions to facilitate dynamic and engaging student discussions. Whether as a curricular resource or as a gift, What I Wish I Knew at 18 will help develop well rounded students for the betterment of themselves and mankind.

See all 109 Success Pointers here or read a sneak peek of the book here.

You can also learn more about how What I Wish I Knew at 18: Life Lessons for the Road Ahead applies specifically to you or your organization:

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