Who says adults are the only ones who want to accomplish things in life? Kids have things they would like to accomplish too, but they need some help mapping things out. Here’s my story. I had a Bucket List as a child and I didn’t even know it. I had a best friend, Pam, and she and I were like two peas in a pod, like peas and carrots, like peanut butter and jelly, you get the idea. We lived in the Projects in The South Bronx, NY, but wanted more out of life even as kids. [Read more…]
Have you ever hear the statement “Have something to show for yourself?” Yes, you have. Well, that can be said for children. Life skills include documentation which are items that can “show you off”. What documentation you might ask? This by no means is an exhaustive list of documents, but it’s a start. You choose which ones should be of importance to your child, and by all means sit down with your son and/or daughter and explain the importance of each document along with their uses. [Read more…]
Ok, this topic may not win an award, but what it will do is make parents think about their children’s future. Most parents want their children to be successful, but often don’t think about the success process. Parents think about the end result or destination, but not the journey. In todays society a resume is a large piece of a successful individual’s journey into the work world. How so? A resume is one of the first documents requested by employers, colleges, and volunteer organizations; if your child doesn’t have one he or she is already behind the eight ball. Mom and Dad start early preparing a resume ready child – here are some ideas: [Read more…]
Yes, you heard me right – working on the cheap. With today’s economy employers are laying off but still need work done that is crucial to their business. They are working “lean,” meaning employers are attempting to work smarter and not harder, they are cutting the “fat.” Layers of employees that are beneficial to the bottom line are being cut while some of the much-needed work still remains. What does this mean for a young person (teen) looking for experience?
Guest Post by Jennifer Landis
Weighing the pros and cons of big-ticket child-rearing decisions such as education, after-school care, sports involvement and social events isn’t easy. You seek the advice of friends and family, study-up on current development theory, consider new alternatives, and — when all is said and done — check in with your heart.
Alright, these are the cutest and most creative acronyms. Some will make you laugh so hard, and some will give you food for thought. [Read more…]
“Mentally Wealthy” – have you ever heard of such a thing? Well, we all have mental wealth, some more than others. What is mental wealth?
This is a project I’ve been working on for a long time now, and I proudly present The Ultimate List of Websites for Teens! I’ve spent hours researching as many teen websites which include writing websites, teen book review websites, boys to men advice websites, as I could find out there (that I liked). Spoiler: there are TONS! [Read more…]
Today’s economy is forcing people to be financially creative in many ways. Some people have decided to lower their standard of living by cutting down on eating out, buy purchasing non-name brand items, by limiting shopping sprees and the like. Parents can easily adjust financially, but kids are a different story. If a child is used to certain types of clothes, toys, and activities, it’s going to be difficult for that child to limit the number of toys, to limit or not have those name brand clothes, or to cut out certain activities that they enjoy. Activities are a child’s window to the world; so don’t break that window. For instance, a friends children wanted to go to a day out at whale watching california. A child’s activities help to keep them active and help build strong minds and bodies. There are creative ways to pay for a child’s activities instead of possibly cutting out some. Most parents would choose to cut costs on toys and clothes for keeping their child’s activities. So how do you keep your child’s activities going on a budget? Let’s take a look at what parents can do to fund their child’s activities. [Read more…]
I know what you’re probably thinking after reading the title of this post, “I would NEVER harm my child.” Well, not intentionally! I know. But you must admit you’re not “Perfect Patty” or “Perfect Pete” and neither am I. Please give me a moment, and keep reading – thanks. The next time your child tells you he or she is just going to hang out with some friends stop them dead in their tracks. Why? Because now-a-days just hanging out can be deadly.