Skip Your "Nearly Grown's" Gift List. These 3 are Amazing

Podcast: Parenting Your Nearly Flown   JUST.  GOT.  EASIER.

Have you gotten your "list" yet?  You know the one. . . the one that has expensive gift ideas on it that generally wear out within days.  Plus, money is tight and that list . . . well, it isn't "tight" at all.  

But you CAN give items that are true gems.  They don't cost much and in fact, one can be done for free.  As parents we search and search for ways to teach them while they are in this last season.  These 3 ideas are fabulous ways of doing it.  

3 GREAT Gift Ideas for Your "Nearly Grown" >>> (see podcast at top )

  • Did you know your "nearly grown" CAN invest very little money and have a blast watching things grow?  YES!
  • PLUS, there are 2 more ideas you can use from this podcast as well. 
  • (Note, we have no affiliation with anything mentioned here...we just care to pass on dynamite info you can use)

Teaching our kids is just different...

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"I Didn't Hear/Remember THAT"

Podcast #P35:  "Well, I missed THAT".  Listen:

CHAOS.  Yes, CHAOS. 

Information comes at us faster than a car in the Indy 500 Race.

 Think that happens to your "nearly grown"?  Of course.  That's why I use the word - CHAOS. 

Their brains go into overload.  How can they learn to synthesize what they hear, see, and read? It's crucial, absolutely crucial for the to master this skill as they progress into adulthood.  It's a need our kids *hopefully* use every day.  But do they do it well?  

Have you ever heard:  "Mom, I didn't hear that" OR "Dad, I just didn't have that in my notes? OR "That was in the textbook and I didn't put those points together."

As they move into high school, or college, or their first job - having a synthesizing skill just might be the very leg they use to keep moving forward in life.  

What's recorded is remembered. 
What isn't - - - well, it isn't remembered. 

In this...

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The Thankful & Courageous Parent

Today's Podcast Above :  "The Thankful and Courageous Parent"

Probably one of the hardest things we face as parents is . . .well . . .to be parents. 

It takes courage.  No one told us this when we signed up, right?  But . . . 

A thankful parent is a courageous parent.  

We have so much to be thankful for but life gets in our way.  
A bigger challenge?  Showing our kids - of any age - how thankful we are for them.

In this podcast: (see at top) 

  • remind yourself of why you are grateful for your kids
  • 2 methods of showing them exactly why they mean so much to you

I've recorded this quick podcast to encourage and help you as you remember what you are thankful for instead of what you are *not* thankful for.  I know that at times I struggle with this very concept.  

So, from our parent-heart to yours, we wish you a season of thanks.  On our list?  Being on a parent journey with you.  We signed up as...

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It's About Your Time - and a Hack Fix

 

Listen to the "Parenting Your Nearly Grown   JUST.  GOT.  EASIER."     Above
 
"My day feels like it has turned to MUSH"
"I worked ALL day and got nothing done"
"I studied for hours and hours and still got a C"

You probably don't realize it.  I didn't either.    Since the upheaval of our time structure this season, we have lost crucial time anchors. 

We've relied on those "anchors" for years.  Our "nearly grown" kids?  Many of them basically have only known these types of time anchors. 

The consequence?  Our day seems like mush -
a mash-up to use today's vernacular. 

But there is a way to focus in on how to right your ship (and your "nearly grown" child's as well.  

In this podcast: (see at the top)

  • learn an EASY time hack I have used for 30 years 
  • learn how you answer "Where did the time go?" and "I put so much time into this, what happened?" 
  • learn how...
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Steal This Great Teacher Attention Technique

(Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.  GOT.  EASIER. podcast)

Option A!  May I have your attention?

OR

Option B!  Can you stand on your head?  Can you talk at warp speed? Can you roller skate?

Now . . . be honest.  Which option will you remember the most?  Option B of course.

Why are we talking about this?  Because you, like most parents, probably struggle with getting your child's attention.  And it gets harder and harder the closer they get to "nearly flown".  However, you DO have experts in your world that you probably know.  

In This Podcast: (see at top)

  • Find out about someone already in your world and what they do to get your precious yet distracted young adult's attention.  
  • Plus, you'll learn how to adapt the technique to your own child and world.  

Now YOU can be the expert in the room.  

Show Notes/Link:

Teen Tool Box Starter Podcast >>>...

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Twas The 10 Great Student Prep Ideas Before Christmas

 (see podcast above)

Regardless of the time of year, every parent will recognize this:

"Twas the Night Before . . . (Christmas, Summer, Fall) Break and ALL thru the house not a student was stirring, not even a mouse."

Yes, this happened at my house, too.  I wanted them to have a bit of downtime, but I also wanted to keep them on a growth pattern.  

Today, more than ever, ever, our kids need to build their "edge".  

Let's reframe how we look at those amazing "break" days and get starting on their "edge".  

The gifts of days free of traditional school are just as described . . . gifts.  Those days don't come to we parents, of course.  So how can we help our kids capitalize on those day-gifts?  

Whether to earn extra money, to get ahead, to catch up, to add nuggets to their resume, it IS the perfect time to allow downtime AND sneak in that all important growing and learning we want them to have.

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4 College Campus Visit Must Knows

Welcome to the Podcast:  "Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST. GOT. EASIER.
[Audio Link Above]
 
Mom:  "Honey, you are a HS freshman now.  Grades will count starting NOW
               toward  college and/or jobs."  
HS Child: "I know, I know.  I'll get on it."
Mom: [sighs]

I've heard this scenario played out with many, many a High School student.  

Of course, there is so much more to life after High School than grades, college, and a career but to get there?  They need to get an "edge" and prepare sooner rather than later.  It doesn't have to be intensive, but it does need to happen.  Times have changed since we were their age.  Our parenting skills need to evolve as well.  

So - - - how to get them thinking about their future - now?

There IS a way to drive home the importance of life after high school, even as early as their freshman...

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Your "Nearly Grown" Child Find their "Edge"

An edge.  Everyone needs one - including your "nearly grown" child. 

Why?  In today's computer tech world, adults your child needs to influence and impress have seen just about everything.   Information all becomes a "blurr".

That "blurr" is white noise and is easily tuned out.

But the good news?  There are ways to identify and create unique ways to stand out.  This huge need begins in high school and travels with them right through college or that first job . . . and truth be told . . . beyond.  

Where will they need to stand out?

Resumes, interviews, peer groups, organizations, and even within their classes at school.  

This podcast (top of this article) you will learn:

  • the 3 questions method to help your child develop those "look at what I did" gems
  • their "unique standout" beginning just might be hiding right under their nose
  • how their "stand out gem" can naturally flow from an interest they already have

You can help your...

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5 Hacks to Help Teen Online Safety

Why didn't I get into this organization?
Why do they think that of me?
Who are they?
People everywhere - especially our teens-young adults - ask this, daily.  

Their Answer:  check online.  (see the podcast above for details)

Our life is an open book and anyone it seems can read it.  There are, of course, so many good things that come of online and social media.  But more time than we'd like to admit - it can trip us up.

Online Safety Has Many Concerns to watch for:

  • safety from "the bad guys"
  • safety from hurting others and from being hurt
  • safety from achieving our life's goals
  • and more

So what's a parent to do for our kids?

This topic is a forever changing topic.  But YES, there are safety moves we can take ourselves and we can help our teens with, too.  What a great lifetime habit to get them started on.  

In this podcast (above) you will learn 5 techniques to get you started on your safety journey.  Learn:

  1. the "All Rights...
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5 Wacky Questions To Ask Your "Nearly Flown" Child

Do you struggle getting your "nearly flown" child's attention to impart wisdom?  Then today's podcast is just what the Dr. ordered.  

Times With Our Almost-Grown Kids Are Changing

Why?  We know we must reach them in this last season but some of the methods we have relied on in our kids younger years are just not as effective now.   

They have grown up, or nearly so.  We need to adapt.  

Get Creative

Communicating with our teens/young adults/college-aged must change.  We parents have to be more creative and practice new ways to start discussions.  

Our "almost grown" kids want to be seen as an adult.  Today's 5 wacky questions do a great job bridging the gap between the past and the future.  

Try New Strategies

In fact, you can use this wacky question strategy on so many topics.  It's a quick listen today, but well worth your time.

In today's parent podcast: (Parenting Your "Nearly Grown" JUST. GOT....

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