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Wings Not Strings!

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Signs are pervasive that young adults are struggling after they leave home. At the same time, parents are grappling with the practical and emotional demands of letting go and preparing them for independence. Although usually well intentioned and often out of fear, many parents are pursuing strategies that run counter to their goal of raising responsible, self-confident young adults ready to soar.

During our interactions with parents, one question surfaces virtually every time: “When and how do I let go?” Clearly, today’s parents are facing tremendous challenges in moving over to the passenger seat in their teen’s life. Because of this, and the training deficit evidenced in today’s youn--
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Parenting for the Launch!

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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--
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    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, … Continue reading

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    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 … Continue reading

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    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 … Continue reading

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    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 … Continue reading

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    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 … Continue reading

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    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 … Continue reading

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    For the next few weeks, we’re delighted to have Heather Sipes, Communications Director at LifeSmart, offer her insights to our audience. Take it away, Heather! — My first year of college was 12 years ago. I was bright-eyed and my … Continue reading

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    January and August. Two months that are as diametrically opposed as day and night, but that share one important characteristic in common: they are the months of new beginnings. In August, my mind naturally drifts to the new transitions our … Continue reading

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    One of my favorite things to do during talks and workshops is to ask provocative questions and see how the audience responds. A recent example during some educator workshops was, “How many of you believe there are shortcuts to success?” … Continue reading

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    Even though it’s summertime, our lives are still inundated with the call to be busy ALL. THE. TIME. Summer camps. Special trainings. Sports events. Tutoring sessions. Swimming Lessons. Vacations. Barbecues. Road trips. Of course, all of these things individually add … Continue reading

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