August 2016

I liked the reflection time and emphatic listening. It was also good to meet new people and learn with them how to become a happier and more ‘EFFECTIVE’ teenage; simple habits to understand and useful to apply. Ellie Hamill, 15 year’s old

The Emotional Bank Account is a metaphor for the amount of trust that exists in a relationship. High trust equals high influence, whereas low trust equals little influence. Deposits to the (EBA) build and repair trust in relationships. Withdrawals damage relationships.

More than ever, our teenagers need life skills that will build independence, confidence and successful relationships, and character skills that will enable them to do the right thing even when no else is looking. Above all, teenagers need to develop independence during the teen years. Problem with Dependence The problem is we know that schools and parents are struggling in this area because of the pervasive culture of academic achievement without life skills. I received an email from a university lecturer;

Thank you for your comments and questions about ‘Lessons in Life for Teenagers’. It was good to hear that other parents are also concerned about the lack of life skills provided for teenagers and about some of challenges families are experiencing.

I have two teenagers, and one hot on the heals, and I am always wrestling how to prepare them for independent adult life. It concerns me that our school’s don’t provide any real life skills training for them and that the world that they are going to enter into as adults is a complex jungle that they will be under prepared for.

“Change yourself and your fortune will change“ - Portuguese Proverb

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