The school books are closing and a new chapter begins and many of your Graduates will be moving into the corporate arena. It is critically important for your graduates to learn about the power of personal image management, if they are serious about their future business and social success.
Potential employers size you up based on how you look and how you carry yourself. Therefore, you need to pick the package that says what you want the employer to think: “This person cares about how they look. This person is serious about finding a job.”
First impressions can be effective or disastrous, but they are (more…)
The teen years are a challenging developmental period, It certainly doesn’t feel like it to them, but teen brains are not fully developed and won’t be until they hit the ages of twenty one or twenty two. Because of their lack of brain development, teens are often unable to assess risk and can unwisely choose to take part in dangerous behaviors. Older teens can look like adults but haven’t developed their adult decision making skills and impulse control. Younger teens can be swayed negatively by their peers and choose behaviors that help them to “fit in”, but go against their better judgment. Recently on the national news, a story was reported that gives a dramatic and clear demonstration of teen lack of impulse control, not to mention lack of manners. Two boys armed with a video camera, stopped at a fast food drive-thru, ordered a thirty-two ounce soda, screamed “Fire in the hole!” and threw the soda back into the face of the employee who sold it to them. Justly, the boys were caught and prosecuted after they had the audacity to post a video of their outrageous behavior on Youtube. Sadly, the video became so popular that countless copycat videos can now be found all over the web.
Thankfully most teen decisions are not going to be as stupid and thoughtless as the above example. The important point being illustrated here, is that as grownup as they look, teenagers can make very impetuous, childish, (more…)
When your children has to attend your business events and you want them to make you proud, it would help to teach them proper dining manners a few days before the event. If other children are there, your children will be envied by all and you would be asked, “How do you do it?”
Use these steps to teach your child dining manners for attending your business events:
- Think about the age of the child. How well your child will pick up dining manners is going to depend on their ages. Children under the age of six won’t pick up on things so easily, and will forget them just as easy, but if you are patient, you can teach a basic level of dining manners to a toddler
- Present this as a positive thing (more…)
Eating at school can be a little different than eating at home for your children. They don’t have you paying attention to their manners; and they don’t have a lot of time to eat. They have to eat quickly and get on to the next task. According to the National Food Service Management Institute, eating time for students in elementary and middle school ranges from 7.3 minutes in New York to 9.5 minutes in Texas.
Here are some useful guidelines for your children to follow when eating at school: (more…)
The beginning of the school year is fast approaching, and with it comes disputes over your teen’s style of dress. Each generation has their own style and it can be hard for teens to understand parental concerns about clothing…which can make this a major event!
Here are 7 steps on how to disagree with your teen’s style of dress:
Step One: Sit down and think about what bothers you about the way your teen is dressing. Determine if you feel that they are dressing in a way that makes them appear too mature or whether you’re concerned that the way they dress will foster negative, preconceived notions. You may feel that your teen dresses as they do out of rebellion or that their clothes are inappropriately sexy or thuggish. (more…)
Too often teens get a bad rap in our society. Because of the acts of a few, the whole group may be labeled as narcissistic, surly, headstrong, thoughtless and lacking in insight. A revolving door of teen idols like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and the cast of reality shows like “The Real World” and “The Hills” portray teens and young adults as shallow and spoiled, giving little thought to anything except expensive designer labels, fame for the sake of fame, and wild partying.
Of course if we take a look at the teens around us we don’t see kids who are out of control and destructive. Sure there are those who act out, but the vast majority of teens, are pretty well grounded. Teens go to school, work part time jobs, play sports, participate in after school activities, and spend time with family. Most teens are concerned about the right stuff; pleasing their parents, getting into college, attaining their high school diplomas, choosing career paths, learning how to relate to the opposite sex and gaining their independence. (more…)
With cell phones, skype, email, instant messaging, social networking, and land lines; Teens have greater access to phone and are more fascinated than ever with technology. According to a nationwide survey of teenage cell phones users, cell phones have become almost as important to American teens as the clothes they wear. With cell phones being the #1 form of communication for teens (Pew, 2010); and with more kids havening cell phones than ever before, including 31% of 8- to 10-year-olds, 69% of 11- to 14-year-olds and 85% of 15- to 18-year-olds (Kaiser, 2010), all kids need to be taught early that proper behavior is a must for anyone who uses the phone
Here are 9 guidelines for Teens Using a Cell Phone: (more…)
Parents learn quickly that telephones are like magnets to children. With multiple cell phones and land lines ringing, children have greater access to phone communication than ever before, and are more fascinated than ever with their use. Children need to be taught early that the telephone is not a toy and that proper behavior is a must for anyone who uses the phone.
Here are Nine Tips for Kids Using the Telephone: (more…)
Family time is a necessity for those wishing to build happy and healthy families. Even the busiest parents can make time to observe their children, hug and kiss them, encourage them, and laugh. Family time is when children feel comfortable opening up to their parents; this is a time when the mood is relaxed and children feel supported, valued and loved.
Five tips to make the most of family time include: (more…)