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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It's fast and easy to learn and share

 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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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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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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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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It's the "Triple Crown" of Benefits

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
 Yes, Judge A Book By A Cover With These 3 Teen Payoffs 

Often, it's the little things.

It's the small steps that our kids that take slowly but surely build their connecting to the outside world.  

And the need to begin NOW connecting them to the "adult world" is important.  Less fear and more confidence, just to name a couple of obvious payoffs.  

But often we spend so much time looking for the BIG steps to getting our kids ready that we don't get anything accomplished.   

That's why today's podcast is special:

  • you'll learn how to use a simple book, yes, a simple book to get them looking "outside" of that box they've built for themselves and connect to adults
  • you'll plant a small seed that will let them feel that they can do more than they think they can.

For a super quick glance at this episode:

    ...
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When Should Your Teen Start Their "Future?

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
 Help Them Start Their Future - Today 

If you were to ask me what one of the top 10 "need to knows" as a parent would be, today's podcast would answer that question.

Help your teen to connect to their future....post-home life one step at a time.  Often, without this progression, many kids struggle at first with the huge leap from your house to . . . the "real-world" so to speak.  

In reality, this transition from your teen's "small bubble" to their "world-sized balloon" is best nurtured by a caring parent.

That's why this episode is so important.  Today you'll learn:

  • what most teens think of life after traditional school and why that's a myth you need to bust
  • how to help them connect thru this first basic small step

Here's a glance at this episode:

  • [1:02] what simple thing you'll need to get started
  • [1:18] what the typical teen...
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4 Part Framework to Developing The Success Life Skill

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
 Is "life success" found in a classroom?

 

Your teen needs an education OUTSIDE of the classroom. 
It should never stop.  

Can you find the mistake?

You are so excited.  You finally visit this HUGE museum.  It's several floors and each is olympic-sized.  The museum covers thousands of years of history.  You are overwhelmed with seeing beautiful paintings, artifacts, manuscripts, jewels, and ancient money.  Wow.  You and your best buddy and walk thru the whole museum.  It takes hours and your head is spinning with all you saw.  (you wish you'd worn more comfortable shoes). 

Two weeks later, you ask yourself . . . . "what did I see there?"  [cue the cricket sounds]. 

Note:  the answer to "can I find the mistake"  is found in the podcast.  

What went wrong? ...

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Contests: How You Teen CAN Stand Out

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

 Your Teen Needs to Know How to Stand OUT on Paper - NOT Just Face-to-Face!

Does your teen know how to stand out on paper or digitally - and NOT just for an interview? 

Without a method, standing out can be challenging.   Often success lives and dies in that few starting seconds on paper.  

Thankfully, there is a method to standing out that offers so much more than you'd ever thought possible and it's everywhere - or so it seems.  You just need to know where to look for contests.  That's why today's podcast is so important.  

In this podcast we will talk about:

  • the multiple ways to enter and use contests
  • why it doesn't matter whether they win or lose 
  • what to look for in contests
  • what to look for in contests and hope not to find
  • 2 contests that illustrate all the above

Every parent of a teen and teens...

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