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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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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Find out Why-How-Who Positively Influences Your Child - Parent Gold!

"Whatever"    

"I'll be back later" 

Parents with "nearly grown" kids typically ALL hear those phrases.  

Why?  From their need to be independent, to our parent eyes still seeing them as our "baby", our kids are growing and changing right in front of our eyes.  And UGH, our parent influence reduces as they grow closer to flying off.

But ... we parents still have so much left to teach them, right?  

Then, let's learn how our kids learn.  It's a great way to reach them when we learn how they are being reached in their "outside" life.

This podcast episode walks you thru a method to develop a deeper understanding of the type of adult your "sweet baby" is becoming - and how you can still work in those valuable lessons you have left to cover with them.

In this episode you will learn:

  • [0.24] what to expect from this episode      
  • [3:11] your stealth parenting move - 3 steps
  • [4:40] the 4 things you will learn from...
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Empty Nest Woes? Think Again.

So you waved goodbye . . .to your "just flown" child . . . and to all the parent friends you met along life's journey. 

Or did you?

Your child just left for that job, college or any number of other situations, leaving you wondering what just happened.  Today's episode is going to answer that. 

While nearly all of our episodes are centered around educating our "nearly grown" kids, this episode is dedicated to YOU... the parent/grandparent.

You want to stay in touch with them.  You want to walk by their room and not start the next tsunami, as well.  You want to resist the temptation to call them 24/7 and catch up.  It's hard to wade through this new phase you are in.  But you CAN make forge a new way to stay in touch.  

How?

Be a trend setter and set up "stay in touch" parties, or put another way, set up a boxing party.

It's a terrific two-fer way to stay in touch with your "just flown" child, their friends, AND the parent-friends you met...

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The Teenage Brain (Good News!)

You know the parent-drill.  You explain something to your almost-grown child in what you think is a calm and rational manner and might you get back?  A burst of emotion.  What is going on?

We bet you occasionally have an unrecognizable young adult running around calling you Mom and/or Dad.  Right?

Today, we cover where that emotion just might really be coming from and how you can help your "mini-you" grow into a more rational and balanced human being.  Scientists (many) cite what is going on and yes, it brings us good news on this front!

Today's podcast explains this phenomenon and we give you 5 strategies to use this in your parenting skills.

SCIENCE REVEALS

[1:19] Myth busted.  Full disclosure, this one surprised me.

[2:39] What DO young adult brains have?

[3:57] Their brain vs. our brain.  (hint:  they are not the same)

FIVE GREAT PARENT STRATEGIES TO CONSIDER: 

[5:09] First: The expectation bar. Our kids still need to know what is...

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Is Your "Nearly Grown" Child a Stock Tycoon?

Today's Podcast (click above) delivers HELP for the weary parent!

So how DO you get your teen from a slug-bug sleep till noon vacation syndrome TO thinking and learning - almost without knowing it?

That's our topic for today.  School's out and it's a HUGE opportunity for them to associate learning with FUN and how it fits in the "real world".  

When you are done, you will have 2 SUPER ideas both stealthy, yet educational.   They are great for say . . . age 8th grade thru the college ages.  

Note: they don't have to involve you as a helicopter parent but I've thrown in a twist or two that will have you WANTING to participate!

SUMMARY OF PODCAST

#1. Fun/Educational Move - Be a Stock Jock

[1:34].  How to pick a stock, set up fun competition among family and even friends (zoom anyone?) and declare a stock tycoon winner in the end.  No stock broker background required.  Learn how to easily set this up.     [5:00] Up the...

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Teach Your Teen To Handle Conflict with this 1 Communication Method

 

Does your teen need help in communicating with others - especially when a potential conflict is involved? 

Of course.   In fact, most of us can say the same thing.  

Then today's episode will be just for you.  When you finish, you will have an easy technique to show your teen about how to handle potential communication challenges.  It's usable, workable, and can be put into action quickly.

I know that all of us are working through how to handle quarantine.  This morning I walked to the park near me.  As I was leaving I heard a lady shouting.  She was standing by her car along with her dog.  What was she yelling at?  It wasn't a "what", it was a "who".  A second car drove up, parked a safe distance away, and 3 cute little kid's heads shot up thru the sun roof.  Turns out, the lady with the dog was shouting excited greetings to her daughter and 3 grandkids. It was so sweet.  I waived to the grandmother and...

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The Parent Envy Trap

 

Welcome to JellyGeneration's Parent-52 Series

You don't intend to.  But you compare your teen to others. It causes you to worry "why isn't my teen like so-and-so" OR "can my teen do what their teen does?" 

As parents we WANT to STOP the comparison game.  But how?

This is a special Parent-52 Episode.  It's JUST FOR PARENTS.

In the above episode(video), you will learn:

  • How we end up on the "envy rat race", an endless cycle
  • Why your teen is just as amazing as the teen down the street
  • Learn 3 strategies to retrain your brain to reduce comparisons and envy
  • BONUS:  these very techniques can be taught to your teen as well.  They need this even more than we do.  

Experience Joy

The above techniques can help you experience parental joy.  You can push those negative thoughts out and replace them with better ones.   The "envy trap" gifts us the gift of angst.  Let's replace that with joy!

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Ask Your Teen This Question

First:  Full transparency here.  After you ask this question, you might not like the answer, but then again, you might love it.  After asking you will learn so much that you will be glad you asked.

Second: You can modify this question to cover an unlimited supply of topics.  You can re-purpose it at nearly any time you’d like.

Third: Few parents have probably ever asked this type of question before.  It’s rather simple in concept.

Fourth: Our teens (though this question can work at any age) are already “conditioned” to respond.

The question? 

“Honey, what grade would you give me on ___________?”

Our teens receive/earn grades every week day, and probably several times per day. They understand the concept of grades. They probably don’t like getting them, but it shows them where they are with respect their mastery of the topic involved.

Wouldn’t we parents like to know how we are doing on a...

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Gifts Worth 3x their Cost

Well, it is here.  Lists. Gifts. Shipping. Traffic.  Returns.  Receipts.  That busy shopping season.  The evergreen dilemma of "what do I get them".  We all look for meaningful gifts for our "nearly-flown" kids.  They are almost "gone" and you have so much you still want to teach them.  But hold on.  

Here's a fun .  . . and dare we say it . . . slightly sneaky way to slip in a bit of knowledge AND give them something they will enjoy.  We certainly don't want to break the bank either. 

What about giving something worth 2x or 3x or priceless?   Amazing gift ideas are below that won't cost you that arm and a leg - but will deliver a powerful parent punch.  (Note: JellyGeneration is not affiliated nor compensated for any website, company, or product we list below. These are suggestions on where to start your gift process – not specific recommendations)

 #1. Why not give $ and for part-time...

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