As you know, I am passionate about supporting teens. This generation of teens has the digital world at their fingertips, and are pioneering new ways to live with technology every day. Yet in a time when we can be so connected, many teens today feel so alone in their struggle with anxiety (even the teens who, on the outside, are very “successful”). Teens are reporting higher rates of anxiety each year, which is not surprising when we hear how teens feel overwhelmed by the amount of information at their disposal, compare themselves to countless others on social media, and feel like everything has already been said and done. All of these pressures ON TOP OF the usual ups and downs of being a teenager requires all of us to think differently about how we support teens today. Continue reading
Welcome Back to School!
Here’s one AWESOME Back to School Success Tip that will help you start the year off strongly.
Do you know the Recipe for Back to School Success?
I once heard a very fit personal trainer say that “summer bodies are made in the winter.”
This inspired me to share with students that Back to School success starts in the summer.
Here are 3 Must-Do steps that all students must know in order to have more academic success and less stress.
It’s called the Recipe for Academic Success. All three steps must be done at the same time in order to get the most out of school. Continue reading
It can be difficult for a teenager to heed the advice of their parents. For the teen, it can come off as nagging or critical. That’s why an outside perspective is so effective. However, even when the outside perspective is an adult, the words of wisdom may still go in one ear and out of the other as the teen thinks, “What does this person know? He’s twice my age!”
I am so excited to present this article written by Andrew Petrillo, a 20-year old college student about to enter his third year at Gonzaga University. As a high school student, he experienced the power of working with an Academic Life Coach. The lessons he learned made such a positive impact on him that he himself went through coach training in order to inspire and empower teens with the tools and mindset to not just get through high school, but to thrive.
In this article, Andrew explains what teens really need to know in order to be successful after high school. Continue reading
Are you aware of the Labor Day Divide?
It’s a fact that your school workload will get heavier after Labor Day (Sept. 5th, 2016).
So, the time management systems and plans to stay motivated that you have in place before Labor Day could make or break your Fall Semester.
Students who plan ahead and have routines down by Labor Day will continue to stay motivated and positive with less stress. Those who put it off will continue to put it off, thus adding more stress as the workload increases.
It’s no doubt that learning hard skills such as math, physics, and writing are important to a teenager’s academic and professional success. However, soft skills are just as important, yet never directly addressed.
Hard skills are teachable abilities and objective skill sets that are easy to quantify. Hard skills are mostly related to “left brain thinking” – the logical center.
Soft skills on the other hand, are related to “right brain thinking” – the emotional center. Soft skills are subjective skills that are much harder to quantify, yet are just as crucial to one’s success. Soft skills are also known as “people skills” or “interpersonal skills” because it relates to how you relate to and interact with other people. Soft skills involve a large degree of self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
Hard skills are taught starting in preschool, yet soft skills are rarely directly taught.
The reason why soft skills are not directly taught in schools is because they are hard to quantify. High school is the perfect environment to learn soft skills, yet teens usually lack the awareness of what soft skills are, why they need them, and how to improve them.
As more young adults from the post-internet generation enter college and the workforce, it has become increasingly clear that their lack of soft skills is having a negative impact on their personal and professional lives.
According to a 2015 article in USA Today, “The problem isn’t that new grads don’t have the right degrees or technical know-how. Only 10% of employers said there weren’t enough graduates with the appropriate degrees…But employers are troubled by graduates’ lack of soft skills. Many report that college grads are lacking in people skills and have trouble solving problems and thinking creatively.”
Fortunately, soft skills are indeed skills, and like any skill, they can be improved if one commits to learning, improving, and practicing them.
With just a handful of weeks left before the end of the school year, many teens are scrambling to stay on top of everything and struggling to stay positive and motivated.
I recently came across this great article entitled “A Stanford Dean on Adult Skills Every 18-year-old Should Have.”
I think that middle school and high school is a great arena to practice these skills in order for teens to take ownership of their success and to start being proactive toward learning what they’re doing that works well, and what needs improvement.
The #1 skill that this Stanford Dean argues that young adults need to learn is:
Spring Break is over and now it’s time to get back on track to end the year strongly!
Want to learn the tools to stay positive and motivated?
Here’s how you can prevent or get out of the “mid-semester” slump and hit the ground running after break:
Every time I do a speaking engagement, I ask the audience, “Raise your hand if you ever procrastinate.”
About 75% of the audience raises their hand and the other 25% is lying. (LOL)
Whether you’re an adult or a teen, we are all guilty of succumbing to the definition of procrastination: to be slow or late about doing something that should be done; to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it.
Procrastination occasionally or on less important items on your to-do list is normal and should not be cause for alarm.
However, when procrastination takes a toll on the quality of your life and you continue to do it, then it must be addressed. Procrastination is a habit and it negatively impacts the quality of life for many teenagers.
In order for teens to tackle the habit of procrastination, here’s the ONE thing that they need to know: Continue reading
Chances are if you’re reading this, you either know a millennial, or are a millennial. You may even live under the same roof as one!
In general terms, millennials are considered to be the generation born after 1981. However, did you know there is a subset of the millennial generation called Generation Z?
“Generation Z” are those who were born after 1998.
If you’re the parent of a Generation Z teen, you may be confused by their behavior and interests. In fact, as much as you love them, you’re probably often just as frustrated and want to scream, “What’s the deal with millennials?! And get off your darn phone!”
The projected number of Gen Z teens in the USA alone is over 46 million. They’re not going away anytime soon.
So, if you want to understand that YouTube watching, Snapchat using, selfie posting young adult in your life, here’s 3 things that you need to know.