Launching Hope: A Seminar for Teens and Parents to help Teens Successfully Launch into Adulthood (February 22)

The teenage years can be one of the most challenging seasons of life for parents and children.  It should be a time where teenagers are preparing for life on their own with mentoring and support from their parents.  Unfortunately, many teenagers find themselves ‘failing to launch’ and find themselves living at home into their 20’s.

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If you’re a parent of a teenager in the North Atlanta area, please check out ‘Launching Hope: A Seminar for Teens and Parents.’  New York Times Best-Selling Author Hal Runkel and speaker, humorist, and best-selling author, John Turner of The ScreamFree Institute invite you to join them to learn the latest research and ways to effectively prepare our teenagers for a productive adulthood.

The 4-hour seminar is scheduled for Saturday, February 22 from 9-2:30pm at Stonecreek Church in Milton, GA.  Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch.  You can find more information and register here through Wednesday February 19.  

John Rosemond, popular author and parenting expert calls these year, ‘the mentoring’ years where parents transition from the  ‘authority’ role to ‘mentor’ role with the goal of ‘launching’ their children into adulthood.  I’ve written about our own challenges and experiences during our children’s teenage years in a post called, ‘Four Seasons of Child Rearing:  The Season of Mentoring.

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Why School Grades Mean Nothing (Don’t let your children read this)

Joel Malm's Blog
November 5, 2013

I enjoy reading Joel Malm’s blog.  I don’t know Joel personally but am encouraged through his stories of faith, adventure and courage.  Joel leads ‘Summit Leaders,’ where he helps men step out of their comfort zone to better understand their calling.  Instead of a conference room setting, Joel takes his audience on a hiking or sailing adventure of a lifetime.

His post, ‘Why School Grades Mean Nothing‘ shouldn’t be used as an excuse to let your children slack off but it should help you see the importance of vision and encourage you to take a ‘farsighted view.’   If academics aren’t your children’s forte, help them discover their skills and desires in other areas.

Monica and I faced a similar challenge with Nathan during high school when we realized helping him follow his ‘creative’ skills was going to more valuable than pushing him toward an ‘academic’ Advanced Placement curriculum.  You can read that story here.

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“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

Mark Twain

Tips for New College Freshmen and Parents

This month, new college freshmen and their parents all across America are starting a new stage of life.   We’ve experienced this milestone with our 3 children and know first hand that it can be a traumatic time for both parent and student.

Nick Selby, a Georgia Tech sophomore offers 10 tips to a new Georgia Tech freshman class (video below) that is funny and inspiring and has great lessons for all upcoming college freshmen.   I’ve added 4 corollaries for parents and a lesson we can learn from Nick’s last tip, #10.

Nick’s 10 tips are listed below:

Collaboration: A Key Skill your Student Needs on her Resume

I wrote a previous post about the three C’s — the three skills your student needs to succeed in today’s economy.  ‘Collaborative, Communicative and Creative,’ according IBM’s 2012 CEO study of 1700 business leaders, are the most important personal characteristics for employees to succeed in today’s economy.

Creativitythe subject of a prior post, is an important skill that farsighted parents need to cultivate in their children.  In this post, we discuss what parents can do to help their children learn to be Collaborative.

Harvest: A Digital Tree Project by Leo Burnett

Harvest: A Digital Tree Project by Leo Burnett

Collaboration happens when two or more people or organizations work together to create, build, or solve something, each member contributing a unique idea, view or capability toward a shared goal.  Collaboration is learned by practicing and is about creating value with others.

According to Nilofer Merchant, author of 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #Social Era, ‘The industrial age was all about building things; the social age is all about connecting things, people and ideas. People and organizations will be rewarded by realizing that they don’t create value by themselves.