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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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    I am thankful for my five little neighbor girls, who among other things, throw wet leaves at me. ~ Dennis Trittin It’s Thanksgiving Week, and that means our usual blog on the topic of gratitude. In normal years, this marks … Continue reading

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    If you’re a parent, caregiver, educator, or mentor of elementary-aged kiddos, this one’s for you! Earlier this year, I was invited to speak at a Moms program that focuses on the K-5 stage of parenting. Given that most of our … Continue reading

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    As co-authors of two parenting books (Parenting for the Launch: Raising Teens to Succeed in the Real Worldand Wings Not Strings: Parenting Strategies to Let Go with Confidence), we greatly enjoy (and benefit from) the writings and perspectives of our peers. … Continue reading

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    I know what you’re probably thinking. “Is this guy crazy? What could business principles have anything to do with the way I am raising my children?” And “Can parenting well really make me a better supervisor?” But, hear me out. … Continue reading

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    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Life is filled with lessons learned the hard way. Sometimes we genuinely don’t understand the risks in advance, but often we do and take our chances anyway. … Continue reading

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    One of the most encouraging and inspiring aspects of our work at LifeSmart Publishing is meeting amazing young people who are motivated to impact the world. One such person, Jonah Swanson, is an incoming first-year student at Westmont College who is … Continue reading

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    Maybe it’s the time of year. Or, maybe it’s a sign of the times. If you ask me, it’s both… Over the last several weeks, with a new school year upon us, I’ve been reading more concerning reports about today’s … Continue reading

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    In a world consumed with constant distractions and multitasking, it seems like we’re becoming more like bumblebees—paying short visits to one flower after another. We’ve never faced “incoming data” like this before, and it’s affecting our attention spans, stress levels, … Continue reading

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    Parents: how many times have you heard your teen say, “You treat me like a kid!” How many times have you responded, “Well, it’s because you act like one!”? Teens are constantly and increasingly tugging at the reins, wanting more and … Continue reading

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    It is undeniable that the quality of our decisions has an enormous impact on our happiness, well-being, and life success. With the benefit of time and reflection, we can see how the cumulative effect of our decisions, both good and … Continue reading

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