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How to Build on Last Semester, Good or Bad

A Fresh Start For most students, a new semester is about to begin. Depending on how your student performed last semester, you may feel excited, anxious, nostalgic, nervous, hopeful, or scared (or a combination). But no matter how they performed, what an incredible opportunity they have to continue a positive trend, or completely reverse historical [...]

By |January 9th, 2017|Better Grades, College Prep, Confidence|0 Comments

GREAT MONEY HABITS EVERY TEEN NEEDS TO SUCCEEED, PART 4

FIVE THINGS NO ONE TELLS TEENS ABOUT MONEY THEY NEED TO KNOW Human beings adjust behavior based on the metrics they’re held against. Dan Ariely, Professor of Behavioral Economics, Article – Harvard Business Review 25 WORDS Here is a cliff note summary of Parts 1 through 3 of this series in 25 words. Start today. Read [...]

By |January 7th, 2017|College Prep, Confidence|0 Comments

Why Is Parenting So Hard?

Isn’t it true that sometimes we just don’t know what we’re going to get with this 24/7 job called parenting? Sometimes things can work out pretty well. And after years of work we pat ourselves on your back and say that we did all the right things. Sometimes though, things don’t work out so well. [...]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Confidence, Emotional Growth, Mental Health|0 Comments

Perfection Is A Four-Letter Word

There is never enough. Never enough time. Never enough wins. Never enough attention. Never enough praise. Never enough money. Never enough anything. We live in lack within a context of abundance. As parents of teens, we feel this “never enough” acutely as we race from activity to activity, supporting them in shoving “enough” into their [...]

By |December 21st, 2016|Confidence, Emotional Growth, Mental Health|0 Comments

Grit To Greatness

Grit - courage and resolve; strength of character. Yeah, we know what it means. We admire it in people and we also despise it in people at the same time. Grit does not discriminate. When effectively embraced and administered it’s the root cause platform of mental toughness that will either leave you with a mother [...]

By |December 18th, 2016|Bullying, Confidence, Emotional Growth, Mental Health, Motivation|0 Comments

I Have Three Nipples

Yes. I do have three nipples.  It is weird enough that guys have two they don’t need, so imagine how I feel with three that I do not require. Think that is bad? I have a birthmark that covers about 30% of my back and ends at my right elbow.  And it has weird black [...]

By |December 7th, 2016|Bullying, Confidence, Mental Health|0 Comments

Parenting Healthier Kids

Lately, I’ve been talking a lot to my own children and my school students about outside discipline and motivation versus self-discipline and inner-motivation. When the stimulus is coming from outside oneself in either the form of discipline or motivation it’s always short-lived. Many parents and teachers that have turned their backs on their children know [...]

Eyes Up, Chest Out: Instilling Confidence in your Teen!

It happens! You walk through a mall or a crowded public venue and you see it. You see that shy, somewhat awkward looking teen with their head down, watching the floor as they walk or buried in a phone trying to ignore everything that surrounds them. Then, every once in a while you see that [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|Confidence, Emotional Growth|0 Comments

What’s In A Name?

When I say “Nike” usually “Just Do It” (or sneakers) comes to mind. If I mention Michael Jordan you think basketball or Air Jordan sneakers.  We could go down a list like Justin Bieber, Kardashian, Elvis, Obama, Leonardo (not the turtle) and hundreds of others and you would have immediate associations with each one. If [...]

By |November 7th, 2016|Confidence, Emotional Growth|0 Comments

Great Money Habits Every Teen Needs to Succeed: Part 2

The One Secret Every Teen Should Know To Have Mega-Money Success “Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” Benjamin Franklin  THE ONE SECRET The one secret every teen should know to have mega money success is: Your money habits will [...]

By |November 2nd, 2016|College Prep, Confidence|0 Comments