5 Wacky Holiday Questions

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 
   "5 Wacky Holiday Questions" 

Want your "almost grown's" attention to impart your parent wisdom?  Get creative.  

Do you remember your favorite teacher?  What made them so amazing? 

Odds are high they caught and held your attention in unique and persuasive ways.  That's one of the best techniques for you to use at home, as well.  

Having taught teenagers, I can tell you that when you do something out the ordinary yet with a a teachable point involved, they are far more likely to pay attention. 

If you'd like a bit of help in the creative question department using holidays to sneak in crazy yet teachable questions, then this podcast is right where you need to be. 

In this quick and to the point podcast you'll hear:

  • 5 random, unique questions sure to get fun yet informative dinner table...
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Hello, My Name Is . . . How to Fix 3 Introduction Mistakes

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 
   "Don't Make These 3 Introduction MISTAKES" 

The time to help your "almost grown" learn how to put their best foot forward - is NOW.  

Have you ever watched your child introduce themselves to others?    OR . . .  Watch them as someone is introducing themselves to your child?

If you do, you'll likely notice that they stumble through it.  

Here's the thing, they need learn how to do it effectively.  It is so much more than "Hello, my name is...".   You want them to feel confident, look confident, and to put the person they are introducing themselves to at ease.  Your child deserves to be remembered after the introduction.  You might call this "networking", but that's not quite accurate.  It's more like "life-working".  

Just in case you are thinking it is too...

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10 Great How-To's

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 
   "How to Flip Their Social Media Script"

97%.  Yes, 97% of "almost grown" kids are where?  [no drum roll needed]. The answer is obvious - social media. 
 
Who makes the social media yes/no decision at your house?  Two replies come to mind:
  • You. And along with your decision comes a big helping of frustration and eyerolls. 
  • OR they just join one or more without knowing the gravity of the decision they've just made.

Does it have to happen quite that way?  There is a way to achieve parent (and your child's goals) thru a 3rd method.

Flip Their Script. 

Have your "almost grown" child report to YOU the good-bad-ugly of each social media site they are interested in.  Being on social media should be treated as a privilege - one they earn. 

As your "almost grown" approaches life after you, social media...

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Has Your Teen Begun Networking Yet?

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
   "5 Tips For an Email Every Teen Should Send"       
When you hear the word "networking", what comes to your mind?
Is it slimy, manipulative, hard, boring, useless OR is it rewarding, helpful, and giving?
 
You can probably guess which is the better answer.  Odds are high that your "nearly grown" child might think at least some of the negatives.  
 
But let me assure you, one word they likely think about networking is  - - - FEAR.
 
Why fear?
We've taught our kids "don't talk to strangers" . . . "stranger danger" . . . and more.  Rightly so, of course.  But now they need to break out of this mindset and begin that climb into reaching up and out - one step at a time.
 
Plus, reaching out always has the "risk" of someone not acknowledging the...
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The MUST Skill of the Decade - Networking

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
   "Networking - Beyond The Lemonade Stand"      

Reality and Truth >>> Networking and meeting people face-to-face?  It's a very critical and MUST skill to have.  Is your child ready?

Sadly, our teens and college-aged kids have two (2)  strikes against them to mastering this skill. 

  Your child has likely been in hibernation for months or as long as 2 years.
  Your child has probably relied on technology (phones, social media...) to connect with others in general.  

Let this statistic sink in:

In a survey conducted by TechJury.net, 81% of the respondents by the end of 2021 will have face-to-face meetings.  

So how can you help your child learn these skills?  They need to start with the basics.  They need to practice them.  In this podcast you'll...

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The Most Frequently Asked Question by a Teen . . .

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
      "You want $20 - AGAIN?"       

If you took a survey of parents with teens, you can almost 100% predict that the #1, most frustrating question asked by your teen is . . . . "Can I have $20"  OR $10 or $5 or $25 OR . . . well, you get the picture.

What's possibly a bad answer?  "Here's $20, honey."  Of course, there are times that giving them that money is correct. 

But many times giving them that $20 says:
  • "i will always be here to give you $"
  • OR "money is easy to come up with"
  • OR "you aren't able to figure this want/need out for yourself." 
  • OR "this $20 isn't needed elsewhere so here you go"

Saying no to your teen is hard.  But what if you had another answer?

In today's podcast:

  • learn 3 answers besides "yes, here's the money " and "no, just NO"
  • learn how each answer has...
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2 Methods To Show Your Teen

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
      "Does Your Teen Understand the Value of Dollar ?"       

 Have you looked at your teen and thought:

  • "Why don't they value their stuff?"  
  • "What's it going to take to get them to value money?"
  • "How many times do I have to say no that's too expensive?"
  • "I wish I had a nickel for every time I thought they want $20 again?"

Myth:  My teen doesn't understand the value of a dollar

Truth:  They DO understand - but is it the right definition

Why does this matter?  Odds are high that your teen doesn't have the right concept of a dollar.  Not attaching the right concept to money easily leads to living paycheck to paycheck, debt, spending on less than needed items before necessities.   Teaching this concept isn't something you just want to leave to ...

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Your Teen Needs This Skill

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
"Does Your Teen Know This #1 Networking Skill?" 

Are you born with "people" skills?
Are you born with "networking" skills?

Odds are high that you learned them by watching others.  Don't you wish you'd learned some of the basics earlier than you did?  Of course.

Your teen is in exactly the right spot to learn how to learn something crucial.  Some might describe it as "the" basic networking skill.  I won't argue with them.  

What is the skill?  How to introduce themselves to others.  It's a gift your teen needs to learn to how to give.  

In today's podcast (link above and/or below) you will learn:

  • the quick 3-step formula to introduction success
  • the 1 "twist" that will make that introduction even more successful
  • how your teen can practice this new skill without pressure

Today's podcast is just 5-6...

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Encourage Your Teen

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
"20 Ways to Reward Your Teen" 

Teens like rewards.  No reason to alert the media on that one.

Did they make the bed without you asking?  Did they take your younger child to soccer practice without complaining?  Did they study hard and do well on the latest math test?  Did they cook dinner without you badgering?

Then you just might want to surprise them with a thank you reward.  

The good news?  When your teen does something great, there are wonderful and inexpensive ways to not only thank them, but to encourage more of that "great" stuff.  

In this podcast you'll learn: 20 ways to thank your teen without breaking your bank account.   Included are ideas for the "small" tasks and for the "big" tasks they perform.  Hang on to the end of this short podcast and you'll learn what studies show...

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This is the Perfect Time for Parents of Teens To Do 10 Things

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
"Don't Miss This Window of Time - 10 Great Parent Moves"

Take a look at the calendar.  NOW is the perfect time to slide in to your teen's life these wonderful skills:

  • more responsibilities
  • more organization
  • more money management
  • more time management
  • more reading
  • and that's just for starters

In fact, there could hardly be a better time than now to level-up your teen one notch as they inch toward graduation and life on their own.  

In this podcast, learn:

  • why this time is the best time to introduce change & responsibility
  • learn how to introduce these new changes to your teen
  • learn 10 ideas that should be on your parent list for your teen (see the list above to get an idea of what's covered)

With time drawing shorter the list of items your teen needs to know needs to get shorter as well.  What a great time to introduce items...

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