The Power Hour Plan

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

 #104  Not enough time but lots of lessons left to teach your teen?  Let's rock your last season with them.  Here's a roadmap that's sure to give you teaching time AND memorable moments.  It's Your Parent Power Hour!

If you are following my podcast you already know how much I believe in snatching moments here and there to teach teenagers valuable knowledge.  Why?  The more they know now, the less mistakes they'll make.  They'll be better equipped to handle things when something just doesn't work.  Feel free to file back to any podcast I've recorded and you will always have a concrete take-away to use that very day.  

Today is no different.  I am introducing you to a concept or a plan shall we say, that teaches you a system to methodically up your parent-game on giving your teen those last lessons that you...

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Great Lifetime Tool

   Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

 #103  Odds are you (or someone you know) will move soon.  Heading to college or a new job?  Big money and time are involved.  Most never consider this financial angle in their decision.  By doing this one thing you might save hundreds or thousands.   

Life Decisions Often Involve Moving to a New City.  Did you consider everything?

Before you jump in a car, train, or plane for that new job or new college, you have a big decision to make.  You might have 2 cities with two very similar job offers to select from.  You might be choosing a new college city among many possibilities.  

Stats suggest over 40 million people move per year.  How could you make a more educated city choice?

What Consideration Is Often Overlooked? 

No two cities cost exactly the same to live in.  Just...

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Easy habit to career building perfect for your child to learn

  Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

# 102 Your child has done amazing things in their short life already.   Do they recognize it?  Is it documented for later use?

Every day your child is building a list of accomplishments.  Every day.  Do they realize it?  And even more importantly, can they prove it or use it when they need to?  

Monthly, weekly, and maybe even daily your child builds skills that can be used for crucial life-moments.  From interviews, to talking points, to building self-confidence, they can learn to capture these accomplishments. 

In today's podcast, you'll learn of a way they can easily capture some of these needed life nuggets.  It's a skill they'll need and use for a lifetime.  

You Can Have Success in the Middle of it ALL

P.S. Want a deeper dive on finding and documenting accomplishments?  Read on . ....

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Summer ! 20 Ways to Keep Their Brain Active Wrapped In FUN

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

# 101 It's SUMMER (or any holiday, really).  Statistics say their brain loses knowledge during long breaks.  What does the smart parent do?  Combine learning with FUN. 

Here are 20 activities that can get you started.  You are sure to find quite a few you, and more importantly, your "almost grown child" will love. 

The summer dilemma.  The any long holiday dilemma. Call it holiday slump.  

As a parent, you are probably not "off" for the holidays, but your "mini-you" is.  What might they rather do?  Couch surf or stare at their smart phone for hours on end.  

Then what usually happens? 

Knowledge reduction, less critical thinking, and sluggishness sets in.  You've probably noticed this.  I certainly have.  Experts estimate that often months of capability melt away.

Then September...
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For the Informed Parent of a Teen

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

 

#100 Big decisions loom for you and your "almost grown" child.  Get more information to help you take more informed HUGE steps.  

Decisions.  Constantly.  Never enough time.  Not enough information.  

It is also likely you thought that as your kids got older you'd find more time and have less decisions required.  Maybe you do make a few less decisions, but they often increase in importance.

That's why you are here today.  You want more information and less research time in order to make smarter decisions with and for your "almost grown" child.  

From trends High School grad jobs to ACT-SAT trends and college financing, I've gathered 10 articles you'll want to read.  Each will give you their opinions and research.  No, we are not connected to these businesses/institutions but we found them...

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Few realize these common "connecting" mistakes

  Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

#99 There is a reason why networking is critical in your personal life. 

"Being likeable and interesting is not necessary" said nearly no one anywhere.  It is not only a crucial skill, but the rewards are many.  From investing in the lives of others you meet, to helping in your business or professional life as well, it's a skill that needs practice.   

With all the amazing benefits of being accomplished at personal networking, many  assume "i will pick this skill up as I go along".   The big heartbreaker in leaving it to "I'll pick it up as I go along" is a big life question.  What amazing relationships, connections, and even life friendships have been left unrealized?  It just doesn't have to be this way.  

Even more importantly, your child can and should learn how to be likeable and...

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Looking 5-Minutes Forward To The Future

 

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  

 

#98:  Yes, you can encourage your teen to get a "jumpstart" on their future right now, while it is easier than learning as an adult.   

Go back to your teen years.  
Compare those typical teenage+ years to what you know now.  

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does what you "do" every day now (career, time) in anyway "fit" with what you thought, experienced, or spent time doing when you a mere teen? 
  • Did you ever think about your future?  Prepare for your future?

Odds are you didn't concentrate on the "after" of traditional high school or perhaps even during college if that's the educational route you took.  

But what if I told you that spending 5 minutes with your teen could help them focus in with intention on what they might want to do with their future? 

What...

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Tips (and whys) that Lead to Successful Introductions

  Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  

#97:  Everything good can start with an introduction.  Sadly, every missed connection can start with a sub-par introduction, too.  Let's help our kids learn this baseline skill.  

Forbes magazine got it right.  They recently discussed the importance of introductions.  The phrase they used?   Introductions are “immensely important”.  Absolutely.  

Now sprinkle in these 2 timely teen observations: 

  • Late teens just beyond in age typically have spent most of their time around the same people: family and the same set of friends they’ve had for 3+ years.  They have not needed to introduce themselves very often.  Now let’s up our observation game here
  • Our “almost grown kids” for the better part of 2 years or more, have been hibernating behind a...
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Give your Teen A Tool to Fight Fear and Conquer

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  

 #96:  Fear. We don't want our teens to have it.  How do they likely create fear in a goal or task AND how can they conquer it?  

Let's face it.  At one time or another, we've all created fear when tackling new things, new goals, and new frontiers in our lives.

You've probably seen your child literally put on the brakes when faced with something you know they are capable of doing or at least successfully for it. 

In this short but important podcast:

  • Why does this fear happen?  You just might be surprised at what a study shows on this question.   
  • What tool can you give them to reduce certain fears, experience positive outcomes and keep moving forward?  Hint:  it's not what you see.  

This technique is something I use to this day.  You've got a short season left while you can...

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"Mom, what's inflation?" Here's Your Answer

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

 #95:  Can you teach your "nearly grown" about inflation.  (Yes, they need to know.)  Here's how.

Does the topic inflation need to be difficult to cover?  No.  The lessons they need to learn are so important.  It affects so many of the decisions they'll need to make on their own.  Teach 'em the basics now.  Here's a simple explanation, and an easy to use example

AND 5 "what now" steps

If you opened your wallet and there was less money in it than you expected, you'd want to know why.

You'd want to know how.
You'd want to know how to to prevent it from happening or at least slow it down.

Your "almost grown" child needs to know it as well. 

Soon they will be managing their own money and their own budget.  Every drip of knowledge and advice you can slip into their still-forming brain is helpful.  

Every...

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