10 Questions That Make High School Choices More Relevant

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 
   "10 Questions Every Teen Should Answer." 

Your Teen Can Tap Into Their Future Potential Right Now 

As I watched my class of students intently absorb what I just handed to them, I realized I was tapping into something much larger than what was on that paper. 

What if kids were in a position to actually think about their future now while still in high school?  It results in more motivation, better decisions on courses, and so much more.

What was on that paper these students were reading?  Research about careers they might be interested in.  Now let me make the following statement clear:  very few students know what they want to pursue as a career while in high school.  But wouldn't it be wonderful if they did know enough to rule things in and out, to give lessons a meaning beyond a textbook...

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New Family Holiday Tradition You'll Love & a BIG Thank You

 We've made it to the end of 2021.  Wow.  

So much has happened.  I truly wish we could just sit and talk about this year, what it meant, share each other’s holiday plans, and the up and down joys of raising kids. 

But since that isn't quite possible, I'd like to vary from our normal educational format just this once.  I’ve got a wonderful holiday tradition to share that you just might want to adopt at your house.  

But before I do that, let me give you a quick programming head’s up for the 1st week in January.  

1st Week in January Podcast:
"What Teens Can Do With Their Holiday Gift Money" (or at any time of the year)

Did your teen receive money this holiday season thru a gift from Grandma? Or did they earn money?  In short, do they have money that needs to be put into action?  Or will they at some point this coming year have a bit of extra jingle in their pocket?  It's a wonderful ...

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5 Alternatives to You Being their Holiday ATM

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 
   "Does Your Teen Need Holiday Spending Money?  Here's How." 

 

Guess what happens during almost any holiday? 

Your Teen's Need for Cash. 

Is the answer YOU as their ATM? Learn 5 Alternatives.

Buying Gifts. Spending Money. Gas Money.   All of this and more simply skyrocket during the holidays.  Especially for our "almost grown" kids.

The Good News in all of this?  Opportunity.

You look all the time for ways to teach your "almost grown" skills - without them recognizing it.  The holidays simply help we parents with both:  money in our kids pockets AND learning life skills as well.

Today's podcast >> 5 Money Making Ideas for the Holiday Teen.  You'll learn:

  • 5 Great Money Making Ideas that can start as early as THIS weekend
  • Learn how add a "twist" to any Holiday Venture to Increase...
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Learn 3 Methods . . .

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 
   "Your Child NEEDS to Learn to Stand OUT" 

 

Coming soon . . . job applications, resumes, interviews, and . . . competition for it all.    

Here are 3 methods to help them stand out.

Fast Forward.  Now imagine a room with a desk.  In the chair sits someone reviewing your child's resume, or perhaps it's an interview.  Across on the other side of the table sits your child.

Are they ready?  Have they done something the interviewer will spot?  Have they learned to even recognize their accomplishments?  

Your "almost grown" child needs to learn to Stand OUT.  

What's not seen in that room?  There might be countless others vying for the same thing.  

Now come back to the present.  Your child is building their brand, their story, their resume so to speak - right...

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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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