Category Archives: Becoming Responsible

Teach Teens the Competencies that Employers Want

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce recently put out a report in 2020 called Workplace Basics: The Competencies Employers Want. A person’s qualifications for employment are generally defined by a combination of their education, their experience, and their competencies. Competencies are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that workers use in their jobs and are essential to an employee’s

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Teach Teens What to Do In the Event of a Car Crash

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 2 million injuries from motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. every year. The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. This means that, sadly, there’s a fair possibility your teen could be involved in a car accident before they

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Developing Good Judgment in Teens

We all want our teenagers to have good judgment. Every parent hopes their child will make positive choices that demonstrate respect and responsibility, that protect their safety and well-being, and that lead them to future success. So the question becomes this: how do we develop good judgment in our youth? Judgment is the ability to analyze and evaluate situations in

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The Most Important Skills Teens Need for Future Employment

In several recent surveys, employers have complained that entry-level workers lack the necessary “soft” skills needed for success in the workforce. Just to explain, “hard” skills are job-specific knowledge an employee needs to perform a certain job. Unlike hard skills, soft skills are not about the knowledge you possess but rather the behaviors you display in different situations or the

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Helping your Teen Develop Autonomy

Adolescence is a stage of development where children begin to separate from their parents, find their own identity, and think independently. This is a natural and important process so that teens can mature into responsible adults. Teens must learn to solve problems, establish their own set of values, and take on more responsibility. While this process is normal, it tends

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Positive Resolutions Teens Can Make for the New Year

The tradition of New Year Resolutions stretches back thousands of years. It’s a perfect time to reflect on what is, and is not, working in our lives and consider how to improve our lifestyle moving forward. If your teen expresses interest in making a resolution, here are a few good ideas: Stay Unplugged After Bedtime Researchers have proven that teens

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Tips to Avoid Raising a Teen with a Victim Mentality

“It’s not MY fault!” “That’s not fair!” If you have a child, you have likely heard these statements yelled in your home at some point. These are common reactions to difficulties for children. The problem is that we can unintentionally encourage this type of thinking, which can lead our kids to adapt a victim mentality – when a person tends

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Encourage Good Manners Despite Technology’s Bad Influence

Technology is an integral part of our lives, and especially the lives of our youth. Most families have multiple devices – computers, laptops, tablets, phones, Fitbits, and more – and despite our best intentions, it can quickly seem like everyone is staring at a screen all the time. While all of this technology definitely can make our lives easier and

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Preparing Students for the ‘New Collar’ Workforce

In the past, jobs in the United States were typically labeled as either white collar or blue collar. White collar employees referred to salaried professional workers whose work is knowledge-based and non-routine, does not involve manual labor, and does not require the wearing of a uniform or protective clothes. Blue collar employees referred to wage-earning personnel whose work involves physical

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Teens Delaying Adulthood

A new study, “The Decline in Adult Activities Among U.S. Adolescents, 1976–2016,” published in September 2017 in the journal Child Development, found that youth are postponing activities that have typically been considered a rite of passage into adulthood. Some of these activities, such as having sex and drinking alcohol, are risks we want teens to delay, and many are delighted

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