Parents and Caregivers

The Balance of Empowerment

Teens want a say. They have their opinions, and they want to share them. They want to feel empowered to think, believe, feel, and do anything and everything they want to! Some people suggest that parents should let their teens be empowered for everything. Some suggest...

Decisions, Decisions

What do you want your teen to know how to do? How can you teach them how to do it? An important skill for success in the 21st century is decision-making. While our teens make decisions every day from what to wear to who to hang out with, large decisions require more...

The Power of “Could”

How many times have you heard well-meaning (and not-so-well-meaning) people say, "You should ______" regarding your teenager? When it came to raising my boys, I heard it often. Looking back, I realize that while they were saying "should", the word I needed to hear was...

Iterations

Helping teens learn how to make decisions is key to their growth and our sanity. Teens by their very nature can be impulsive. Having the tools necessary to think things out, make decisions, and problem solve are essential. Often these tools work together as part of an...

Do They Know What You Do?

Does your teen know what you do? Do they know about your work? I wonder if they really do. Each time I “travel” with students on their journey of career exploration, I hear them report that they see their parents, family members, and family friends in a new light....

Listen & Question, Question & Listen

When he was sixteen, my son told me that he could not imagine any job being right for him. He expressed feeling hopeless about his future. MY son? Impossible! I am the most optimistic person on the planet, at least I think I am. Yet, there he was, stuck in a quagmire...

Meaningful Journey to Adulthood

Parenting teens takes courage, the kind of courage and perseverance that leads to teen success in adulthood. Raising a teen into adulthood is a journey than can be bumpy with worry. Did you know that your teens are probably worried too? I have taught teens for more...

Know Your Sources

  What Sources can be trusted? Uncertainty: It can be difficult for teens to know where to get reliable information about anything these days. They need to make good choices, but they can't do that without accurate information. WHAT I AM HEARING Schools: Teachers...

The Essentials of Essential Questions

Last week I wrote about my Project Based Learning assignment where my students explore the possibilities of what to do after high school. This may seem like a daunting question, but it is eased by self-awareness exercises we complete throughout the year. Additionally,...

Career? College? Travel? Let the Exploration Begin!

Well, it's that time of year again. Each spring I present my students with my traditional Career Investigations unit, which culminates with research papers and presentations. What's new this year? Well, I have overhauled the unit, broadened the scope, and placed more...

New Course: Guiding Career & Education Choices

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