Future STRONG ~ For Teens

A Camping Story: Embracing Mother Nature To Find Ourselves

A Camping Story: Embracing Mother Nature To Find Ourselves

*   One of America’s favorite pastimes, primitive camping (add electricity and bathrooms for an extra fee), has turned me into a renegade city dweller. For a couple of days, I remained off the grid, but still managed to snap a few pictures to revisit the place I...

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Soft Skills Can Lead To Hard Results. Here’s How.

Soft Skills Can Lead To Hard Results. Here’s How.

* Why Must We Train In Soft Skills?   According to Margaret Mead, an anthropologist, we are living in a post-figurative society. Thanks to the onslaught of technology, our children figure out things before adults do. So, in a society where the young know more...

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Balancing Device Time and Down Time During Holidays

Balancing Device Time and Down Time During Holidays

* Screen Time Leads To Scream Times:   Even before Covid hit, our children were getting bombarded with graphics and visual special effects at hours on end on their devices. We were having scream battles over screen times even before our lives were upended by a...

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You Feel Lonely, And So Do I. Here’s What We Can Do.

You Feel Lonely, And So Do I. Here’s What We Can Do.

* A Feeling I Can't Put A Finger On:   There is something about the holidays that exacerbates the feeling of my loneliness. In a bookstore, way before the pandemic began, I was checking out some books. At the corner of my eye, I could sense the kind smiles of a...

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Combat (Your Own) Complacency. Set Achievable Goals.

Combat (Your Own) Complacency. Set Achievable Goals.

* A Commitment To Personal Excellence:   Goal setting is a deeply personal act where you realize you’re competing with a yesterday’s version of yourself to become better today. The resolve to live a life of purpose, growth and learning is commitment. The ability...

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Grit, Growth Mindset And The Secrets Of Success

Grit, Growth Mindset And The Secrets Of Success

* From Mission To Vision Using Grit:   For achieving success, grit, the quality that makes us sustain our effort a bit longer until we accomplish what we have set out to, is very essential. Grit will distinguish us from our work ethic than by our intelligence....

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Parenting For Love And Not For Anxiety

Parenting For Love And Not For Anxiety

* Undying Love Or Parental Anxiety:   If you’re a parent of an adolescent, you might be familiar with the nature of conflict and communication that defines daily life. In our attempts to understand our teens and do what’s best for them, we often overlook their...

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Is Technology Numbing Our Empathy And Our Basic Humanity?

Is Technology Numbing Our Empathy And Our Basic Humanity?

* Océane's Live Stream Of Her Suicide:    "The splendor of the world begins with the fragility of a lone woman." This is not the muse of a man staring at the picture of a beautiful woman. Instead, it is a comment from an anonymous user on the Periscope app in the...

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Don’t Know How To Prioritize? Imagine Your Eulogy.

Don’t Know How To Prioritize? Imagine Your Eulogy.

* Choices, Decisions. But First, Priorities:    One of the biggest ideas around decision making is how we address competing priorities in our daily lives. Anyone even slightly interested in the personal development space might have heard about the Eisenhower...

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For Those Who Hold Hate In Their Hearts

For Those Who Hold Hate In Their Hearts

* The sad strength of hate in comparison to love is that it is unambiguous as an emotion. Even if I tell you unequivocally that I love you, you will still ask me for validation. "Are you sure?" But, if I tell you, "I hate you", you won't even question that sentiment...

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Parenting and Adulting During (Sane And) Insane Times

Parenting and Adulting During (Sane And) Insane Times

* Our Disparate Reality And Our Collective Grief:    Some of us will not touch our moms for one last time in a hospital before a stranger will bury her as we watch from a few feet away. Many of us will not visit our loved ones for months on end. And most of us,...

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The 3 Minute Comprehensive Read on Critical Thinking

The 3 Minute Comprehensive Read on Critical Thinking

* What Is Critical Thinking:    The Future of Jobs Report released by the World Economic Forum in 2018 says that the top skill for making ourselves 21st Century ready is Critical Thinking. It also happens to be the 2nd top skill that the job market will need in...

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Coronavirus And How We Should Do Schooling

Coronavirus And How We Should Do Schooling

This is an argumentative essay submitted by a 16 year old High school student presented here in its original form.  * The Nature Of Our Current Existence: An Outline:    Many parents are struggling, and it’s hard to cope the fact that their children will be...

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Future Proof Your Children With Adulting Classes

Future Proof Your Children With Adulting Classes

* The Future Of Work:    Remember that question we were often asked as kids? "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Let me explain how it has become irrelevant in our Digital age especially where schools mostly still have curriculum designed almost 150 years...

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One Thing We Cannot Postpone In A Pandemic. Joy.

One Thing We Cannot Postpone In A Pandemic. Joy.

*   My bones ache when I think of the children who're missing on their carefree play at school and outdoors in close proximity of their friends. I feel sad when I think of when or if I will ever be able to touch my grandmother's delicate and frail hands again. My...

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Leverage Your Brain To Lead You From Boredom To Brilliance

Leverage Your Brain To Lead You From Boredom To Brilliance

* Surviving Not Thriving:   We want our children - Resilient, Decisive and Compassionate. But, how many minutes a day do we spend nurturing these qualities in them? All day, every day, we as parents act in full blown survival mode. And we feel like our ultimate...

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To Do Or Not To Do

To Do Or Not To Do

* Complacent Or Competitive:   The definition of success needs us to be ambitious, courageous and always aiming for our next move. Society expects us to be passionate and goal oriented, or else we're labeled lazy, mediocre or complacent with ourselves. Why did we...

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