Your Teen: "Does this career fit me?

 
Important choices happen to your teen every day. 
Big ones.  
*Yes or No to College.   *What will I do after graduation?    *Where do I fit?

Talk about anxiety.  And if we parents were to talk out loud about this, many a parent would admit the same thing.  

The Good News? 

You CAN help your teen experience a bit of their future right now.  It reduces anxiety and gets them excited about the moment after getting that diploma.  

Welcome to JellyGeneration and our latest episode of Parent-52 where we tell you HOW you can help your child be better prepared to launch to their fullest potential.

In this episode:

  • 4 BIG payoffs on starting your teen in career research NOW
  • 3 ways for them to start that will NOT require mounds of time for them to do so

It's a big episode packed into about 6 minutes of viewing time.  

5 Career Research Questions your teen needs to answer

Did you miss last week's episode on what...

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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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Your Teen Can Join the Resume Revolution

Zoom and Google Hangouts. Telephones on our wrists. AirBnb.  Taxi vs. Uber vs. Lyft.   Movies played on nearly everything you own.  Turn your house off and on miles from home,

and. . .

A Resume Revolution.  

With today's current challenges, everything seems upside down.  But one thing that each teen can do is prepare their resume - in the new digital age.

We grew up with paper resumes.   Those word-heavy depressing things.  Are they as effective these days?  Not so much.   Paper resumes still have their place, but to stand out?  Go virtual.  You knew this addition/change was coming. 

With today's current challenges, everything seems upside down.  But one thing that each teen can do is prepare their resume - in the new digital age.

How can our teens take advantage of “Virtual Resumes”?

First, let’s define what these are.  They use all the capabilities of the online world...

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That Career Pays HOW MUCH?

 

Your teen is getting close to graduation (even if just a freshman)!
They have NO idea what a particular career requires.
You don't want them to waste ONE MINUTE in bad choices heading in the WRONG direction.

BUT

Did you know that having career clues while in High School helps make better choices?  Yes, EVEN while in High School.

What's A Parent To Do?

With your teen's limited time, and with your time next to non-existent, there ARE power moves you (read YOUR TEEN) can make to get this ball rolling in the right direction.

The above episode (video) covers it quickly and is full of concrete moves that can be made tonight.

Learn:

  • Why do they need this information now?
  • What if your teen "has no idea" about a career direction
  • Learn the 5 questions your teen needs to ask (and answer) about potential careers and where to gather this information

Next week?

Learn how to put this information into action on behalf of your teen.  HINT:  There's a learning multiplier for your teen...

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The Rich Teen

Odds are you’ve never thought of your teen as “rich”.   In fact, you are probably wondering, as I did, if my child even understands the “value of a dollar”.  Oh how I wish I had a nickel for each time my mom said that to me. 

Does any of this sound familiar?  If so, rest assured it is a conversation going on all over the country for parents of teens. 

Note: at the bottom of this article you will see 3 steps to helping your child move the needle in this huge learning category.   

But more to the point, let’s get to that word “rich”.  Whether rich is having a cool million in the bank, or having enough to keep yourself clothed and fed, it’s all wrapped up in the same mindset:  controlling your money. 

Financial Follies

If I could wave my magic wand and get what I want for you out of this article, it would be to not only educate and convince you of the importance to starting your...

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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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3 Ideas to make Winter Break Count starting NOW - for Your "Nearly Grown" child

JellyGeneration knows parents & students have more “need to know” than time. Join them on their journey as they break down financial and legal issues into practical and usable information.

Never Let a Good Crisis Go To Waste

Even a political phrase can be used in our daily lives. In fact, the upcoming holiday season offers high school and college-aged students just such an opportunity. We all crave control over our own financial destiny and the last two months of the year present not only a large need to get that control, but unparalleled possibilities in how to achieve it. Everyone faces how to avoid a cash crunch during the holidays. Time Inc., reminded us of why millennials see even more enticing advertising than other buying groups: The 4 Most Sought After Shoppers

The millennial generation gets a lot of attention from retailers. Americans in the mid-teens to late 20s represent the country’s largest demographic, so it’s understandable that...

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Now What?

After working with countless high school students on potential career research, here is what I can report to we parents:

  • Our kids do have amazing career dreams
  • They have no idea what that potential career really requires
  • They are often shocked when they find out

 What happens then?

  • Are they heading in the wrong career direction?
  • Can they afford the career they are aiming for? (from the salary to the yrs of school ahead)?
  • Do they waste 2-4 years at the wrong college?

 What’s a parent to do?

1st:  Make a list.
As you probably know, our big parent move/wish is for every parent to make a “list” of things you want your “nearly flown” to experience and learn before they fly off.  It’s that gap between what they are learning in school vs. what we teach naturally at home that often trips we parents up.

Getting your child to research potential careers pays huge dividendswhen you place it on your “to-do” list for your...

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2 Money Lessons From A Deli Cashier

I was in a local deli recently. 

What did I have with me?  On my tray was a book covering financial concepts and savings to read as I ate.

As I paid for my lunch, the cashier (in his early 20’s) noticed the book and asked “why are you reading that?”

It's an easy answer for me, “the more I learn, the more I can share, and hopefully help other parents with less time that have “almost flown” kids along the way.”

My new-found cashier-friend replied “can I tell you my story?”  By now I am thinking, gosh, I’ll never get to eat my lunch and read my book but I am the friendly type and said “I’d love to hear.” 

His story?
(very abbreviated version) 
“I started saving in my teens.  I’ve got money in CD’s, the 401K with this deli company, I work two jobs and…and… and… and...”

(Remember, he is behind the cash register and in his early...

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