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

#94:  The 5 Minute Button Every Teen Should Know

You've taught your "soon-to-be-graduated" child to tie their shoes, play Monopoly, and how to drive.  But what about helping them to conquer those inevitable setbacks that will come their way?  

Don't forget to teach them this 5-Minute "Keep Moving Forward" Hack.  
 
Setbacks.  They happen often to our kids.  
Frustrations will happen to them from now on, unfortunately.  But often setbacks encourage an emotional response that's tough to overcome.  

We've all learned how to teach 2 + 2, that Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and the Gettysburg Address, and how to ride a bike.  

But teaching them emotional tools?  Why haven't we taught them more of this?  Can it be done?  In short, YES.

Your child (and mine) need as many...

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Bonus: This just might get your child to phone you and say hi, too

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

#93:  Stay In Touch The FUN Way

Saying so-long to your soon-to-be graduated child is hard.  Start today planning a method to keep all those parent-friends, your child's friends in your life.  
Right now is the perfect time to set up this FUN plan.  

You waved goodbye (or soon will) as your child drove off to their adult life while trying to hide your parent-tears. 

Now what? 

Do you have to say goodbye to those parent-friends you met over 12 years?  Must you lose touch with your child's friends you've grown to love like your own?  

In short?  No.  Having lived thru this goodbye scenario twice, I am happy to tell you there is a FUN way to keep in touch with everyone.  What's more?  There is a hidden BONUS in this method as well.  It's likely to actually get your child to phone home and...

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4 Steps to Getting a Great Recommendation Letter

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

#92:  4 Steps to Getting Great Recommendations

Your child needs every tool available to succeed in this environment.  They just need to know a few points to increase the odds of getting that job, that college interview, that internship interview, that organization vacancy and more.

Learn these "secrets" to getting glowing recommendations that can help get them further and farther.  

"Hire that young man".
"Accept that applicant".
"You are in.  Orientation starts next week."
 
These are all wonderful phrases you want your "almost grown" adult to hear.

How can your child up the odds of hearing those statements?  Quite simply, they need to do just a bit more than most others will.  They need to take just a few extra steps to receiving recommendations that are not only good, but provide information that the interviewer or...

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Let's Talk About Teen Self-Confidence

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

#90:  Yes, Your Teen Can Build More Self-Confidence

 

Your teen needs to have one big self-confidence myth busted. 

Plus, they can start increasing their self-confidence tonight. 

Here are 2 methods they can put into play tonight. 

Does your teen have enough self-confidence to tackle new projects, believe in their abilities, and even challenge themselves with goals?  

What an important foundational skill - - self-confidence.  

Did you know that there are actual methods that can help increase the crucial skill of self-confidence?

 

It's a common misconception that you just gain self-confidence as you go thru life experiencing and reacting to situations.  Well, of course, that's true.  But who wouldn't want to work on increasing or building confidence right now?  

If you...

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10 Items to Cover, and How to Plan Them In

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

#90:  Your Teen is Barreling Toward Life After Your House.  Here's 10 Items/Ways to Help Them Launch Smarter and More Prepared!

Here are 10 ideas (in 5 different critical categories) to help expand their thinking and help you sleep better at night

knowing you are finishing your parenting strong.

If you've ever thought to yourself  "they have so much more to learn" leaving you just a bit worried because you've run out of ways or topics to get them to think more as an adult, it could be because you are busy.

 It isn't because you don't care.  You think big and you want big things for your almost-out-the-door "mini you."   But what to cover and how can you pull it off?  

I suspect I am describing thoughts you've had a least some of the time and I've been there too.  I spent many a night while...

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Your teen might have a resume, but what else might help?

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

Is a Resume Enough?  How Can My Older Teen Standout among the competition?

(Special Interview with Preston Bloskas, advisor to the Mays School of Business Board, Texas A & M University)
 
Your HS or College-aged child probably has the following coming soon . . . 
*interviews    *part-time job    *college apps    *organization apps  *scholarship apps
 
The list above could go on and on.   Perhaps they already have a resume.  
 
But there is one thing you can almost always count on these days:  competition.  Getting in colleges isn't a snap, and that part-time job has more applicants than SuperBowl viewership, and Ft. Knox doesn't have enough money for all those competing for scholarships your child is applying for.  
 
Is there anything that can help your...
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This is a professional app. What should you consider?

  Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 
"Does Your Teen Need This Professional App?"

  You know about TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
But is LinkedIn an app your teen should consider?

Is there a social media app that you should as a parent take a look at?  That's what this podcast is going to help you consider - and quickly.

In reality, there are strong reasons for "NO, this isn't for my teen" and strong reasons to actually consider encouraging your teen to join LinkedIn.   

Just for starters, in this podcast you'll learn:

  • What is the age requirement to join LinkedIn?
  • What does it mean when LinkedIn is described as "professional"?
  • Why would a teenager even want to be on LinkedIn?
  • Is LinkedIn for every teen?  What about your mini-you?

Get up to speed on this important question:  is LinkedIn a good fit for my teen?  Get ahead of the...

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What emphasis should you have for your high school child?

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 
   "The Goals of the High School Age?." 

As Parents, What Should We Concentrate on

Teaching our High School Kids?

High School Aged Kids.   Often, this is our last parent season with them.  They've learned to follow "influencers", create TikTok videos, and post with lightening speed on Instagram. 

They head into High School itself and wrestle with history, math, ACT-SAT's, GPA's and more.  Their life could probably be described as much "faster" than when we were their age. 

There are so many lessons we want and need to teach them while we still have that chance.  We want to ignite their future with all the potential they possess.  So often we fall into the trap of teaching all about the 2-4 years after high school.   

But is that our best parent move?  

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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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