Parenting for the Launch!
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--
- 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 … Continue reading
- “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 … Continue reading
- Have you experienced something like the following? You’re invited to a high school graduation party brimming with pride and promise. In a few short months, he/she will be heading off to college to fulfill his/her dreams, so it’s a festive … Continue reading
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- When we speak to educators and administrators at various conferences around the country, one of the questions we invariably ask is: “How many of your schools have defined a well prepared graduate for life?” Sadly, we’ve yet to see more … Continue reading
- “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” ~ Epictetus Question: what one action fosters unity, common understanding, mutual respect, healing, better decisions, more effective management, stronger marriages, families, and … Continue reading
- So, what grade would you give yourself regarding your 2016 resolutions? If you’re like most of us, you succeeded with a few, but fell short on more. Sometimes our goals get lost in the shuffle. Sometimes we fail because we … Continue reading
- So, how was your 2016? Despite the holiday frenzy, I hope you took some time to reflect on the year, highlighting your blessings and, yes, considering what might have gone better. What brought you the greatest joy? What were your … Continue reading
- “Aaaaw, do we really have to do __this year?” (eyes roll) Got teens? If so, it may be easy for you to fill in the blank. Many times, these are the years parents get the most pushback … Continue reading
- Tired of shopping from gift card-laden lists that remove the element of surprise? Tempted to play it safe yet again? Or, are you willing to take a calculated risk and think “out of the box” for the special people/person in … Continue reading