Motivating Your Teen to Take Action on Their Future

Motivating Your Teen to Take Action on Their Future

Over the past few weeks, I have discussed how to prepare for and have productive conversations with your teen about their future while avoiding resistance. If you missed these blog posts, you can access them here and here. These posts are must-reads before you take the next step. These conversations will lead to hundreds of ideas and thoughts that will require action items for your teen to figure things out. Although they are making good progress to find the best future path, it can be...

Three Topics to Brainstorm with Your Teen

Three Topics to Brainstorm with Your Teen

The pressure of trying to figure out what you want to do with your life can be overwhelming for anyone. I know some adults who are still trying to figure it out.  Imagine being a teen. They have the structure of going to school, doing homework and activities, having summers off, and so forth. They are accustomed to parents, teachers, or coaches telling them what to do. Then, as their high school years come to an end, they are left with the question - - what’s next? What do I want to do now?...

Discussing Your Teen’s Future While Avoiding the Eye-Rolls

Discussing Your Teen’s Future While Avoiding the Eye-Rolls

With a new year comes setting goals and expectations for the coming months. Making a plan is especially important for your high schooler. Those four years fly by, and you don’t want them heading into senior year with panic and anxiety trying to figure out what to do after graduation. The first step is to have a conversation with your teen. But how can you do this so it doesn’t make them shut down or roll their eyes? Here are things you need to do to prepare for that conversation with your...

How to Help Your Teen Avoid a Career Crisis

How to Help Your Teen Avoid a Career Crisis

Every single time I introduce myself to someone, I always hear, “I wish I had known you when I was in high school!” OR “I wish I had known you when my kids were in high school!”  Why are they saying this? Because they spent years drifting through college and life trying to figure out what to do. They would start one path, realize it wasn’t the right fit and start in a new direction. Then that wouldn’t work, and they would pivot again. Many young adults redirect several times until they,...

Important Insights on Choosing a College

Important Insights on Choosing a College

As parents, we want our kids to have a career they love, yet we also want them to be able to live on their own and pay the bills. Research shows if your job contains at least 75% of what you naturally like to do, you will be THREE TIMES more successful. How do we accomplish this? How do we know, especially as a teen, that a specific career will bring that success?  We only know our interests based on exposure. We try to get our kids involved in many different activities to help them find their...

The Most Important Investment for Your Teen

The Most Important Investment for Your Teen

I was chatting with parents who are thinking of having me help their son, Sean. He is a senior in high school and has no firm plans on what to do after graduation. Currently, he is thinking of applying to college because his friends are. He would get a business degree because that is a good "general' degree. Sean is also considering going to trade school.  Sean's parents feel anxious about his future, with good reason. All these years leading up to the final finish line - - providing their...

How the Fortune Cookie Business is Solving Student Debt

How the Fortune Cookie Business is Solving Student Debt

I love fortune cookies and the surprise and anticipation of what it's going to tell me. If you are like me, you may try to make it seem true. This week, I had a fortune cookie that read, "You could prosper in the field of engineering." Wow! That's pretty direct, I thought. I wonder if the fortune cookie business realizes how many teens and college students end up on the wrong path and in huge debt that they decided to help out. Maybe other fortunes say, "You could prosper in Human Resources"...

Helping Your Teen Set Achievable Goals

Helping Your Teen Set Achievable Goals

Most teens have a vague idea of what they would like to accomplish, but few have true, concrete goals. A goal is equivalent to a target. Without a goal, you’re just drifting along, hoping things will improve. With a goal, you have a definite direction and purpose. Although we’ve all been told how important targets are, few teens have ever been given specific directions on how to formulate an effective goal. Goals should have these characteristics to help your teen reach success:...

The Future is Figureoutable

The Future is Figureoutable

My friend Amy recently shared with me that she tells her kids, "Everything is figureoutable." With most things in life, you can figure out a solution. While I knew this subconsciously, Amy's words struck a chord, and maybe more so now when we as parents consistently face decisions we have to make. Do we let our kids hang out with friends during the pandemic? Should I let them go to the pool? How will we navigate the school year when there are still questions to be answered? I tell myself, "I...

Are you guiding your teen in the right direction?

Are you guiding your teen in the right direction?

A worried mom, Ruth, recently reached out to me. She said, “Our daughter, Hasana is a junior at the University of Georgia. She hates her classes and wants to drop out. We want her to get a degree, but we are at a loss on how to help her. We have already invested thousands of dollars into her college education.” As a parent, I felt my stomach turn. No parent wants to hear this from their kid. All the hours and money spent finding and applying to colleges, thinking you had set up your teen for...

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