Future STRONG ~ For Teens

The Science Behind Our Love For Social Media and Selfies

The Science Behind Our Love For Social Media and Selfies

* A Virtual World For "Me":   Being on(line) means - we must add value, always be available, be current and also flawless. While we perfect ourselves, we must also capture our journey on a public stage. We must belong in the world, in the big scheme of life. We...

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Can the Wiring in Our Brains Survive the Wired World?

Can the Wiring in Our Brains Survive the Wired World?

* The social organ: Our brains are social organs, and we thrive on connection. We want to matter, we want to make an impact and that's how we define our purpose in life. Social media hacks this vulnerability with the promise of connection and an infinite network that...

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Children Can Remain Life Long Learners, Here’s How

Children Can Remain Life Long Learners, Here’s How

* Life Long Learners:   In our childhood we learnt everything through unregimented self exploration and sheer force of willpower – like walking and talking. As children we found joy in the freedom of expression and creativity that unstructured play offers. We had...

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Redefine Failure And Become Unstoppable

Redefine Failure And Become Unstoppable

* Why We Fail:   Many of us carry a wrong perception of failure. We often take it as a final sign before we give up on our goals and aspirations. We see it as an irreversible milestone that has put a stop to our forward momentum. What we don't realize is that...

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Understanding Teens and Their Youthful Rebellion

Understanding Teens and Their Youthful Rebellion

* Are Teens Hedonists?   Teenagers live a life of pleasure and little self control, or so it seems. They engage in activities with impulsivity, and a lack of responsibility and little to no regard for the consequences. Teens also like by withholding information...

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The 6 Pillars of Future STRONG Academy

The 6 Pillars of Future STRONG Academy

* The Foundation of Future STRONG Academy:  Future STRONG Academy is an SECD, Social and Emotional Learning and Character Development, intervention program where we teach our children secrets of high performers. All our initiatives, especially the ones for middle and...

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Strategies To Combat Teen Screen Time

Strategies To Combat Teen Screen Time

* These days down time means screen time for most of us, adults and children. If screen time is a point of contention for your family, especially in the evenings after you gather back in the house after work and school, here are a few strategies that can help...

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How to Create a Content Copywriter “Résumé”

How to Create a Content Copywriter “Résumé”

* As résumés are going out of fashion, why not standout in the job market by showing your creativity and sense of humor? Here's a sample "résumé" for applying to a content copywriter job position. A relevant bachelors degree, experience and referrals are a bonus. *...

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Social Media Etiquette for Teens

Social Media Etiquette for Teens

* Our Digital Landscape:    An unchanging reality of our Digital Lives is that we're constantly iterating ourselves to keep up with the pace of Technological evolution. Not to mention the fact that we've all been thrust into this world of technology without a...

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Finding Civility in Chaos

Finding Civility in Chaos

* Can we really define chaos?    Let's imagine you are in the deep woods taking a hike. This overgrown forest seems beautiful where every tree, plant and critter has found a perfect home and is in peace with the environment around it. But, has this place been...

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Rules of Engagement With Social Media for Teens

Rules of Engagement With Social Media for Teens

* Teenagers download social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat within 2 minutes of receiving their new smart phones. That's the lure of these people networks. So, it makes sense to stay informed about all the right ways to engage with strangers and friends while...

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Things to Remember About Social Media

Things to Remember About Social Media

* Here are a few things to remember while browsing the ubiquitous, pervasive and revolving door of the internet at our palms. * It's a choice:  Remember social media is a choice. And because its a choice, choose active engagement, not passive consumption. Real life...

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What Is Grit And Why Do We Need It

What Is Grit And Why Do We Need It

* What is Grit?  There's a song in the movie Zootopia, which goes like this: “I won’t give up, no I won’t give in Till I reach the end And then I’ll start again” The song is about not giving up. Its about not giving up in the face of difficulty. Its about finishing...

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Strategies To Grow Attention Span

Strategies To Grow Attention Span

* This past Wednesday afternoon, my 9 year old son kept switching between two tasks. Writing a full page of a mantra praising Lord Shiva, a homework from our Sunday Hindu school. (He hated it) Reading 10 pages of the comic book, Calvin and Hobbes. (He loved it) As he...

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Here’s How You Can Extend Your Brain

Here’s How You Can Extend Your Brain

  What is Brain extending:  We usually don't live in the present moment, because we find ourselves overwhelmed in our heads with tasks that need to be remembered, facts we've just learnt and out-of-the-blue ideas that have sparked inside of us. At the same time,...

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Know the Signs of Violence

Know the Signs of Violence

* Will debates work if there is no action?  16-year-old school shooting survivor, Lyliah Skinner, asked a question about gun access to teens: "As our legislators and leaders, they shouldn't be offering prayers and words, because those mean nothing. We need action,...

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Personal Growth Factor

Personal Growth Factor

* Charles F. Kettering quoted once, "High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation." Ask your children every morning, "What do you hope to aim for today? What new things do you plan to learn and try today?" * The nature of change I recently...

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How to Develop Your Child’s Positive Self Esteem

How to Develop Your Child’s Positive Self Esteem

* Importance of self confidence and self esteem A caregiver's nurturing contact builds a child's sense of self worth. When children find themselves to be the center of attention of their parents or their caregivers, it lifts their sense of self immensely. The...

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Likability, Success & Leadership

Likability, Success & Leadership

* Let's say, your child knows he has to work diligently and study hard if he wants a better future for himself. But, without the lights turned on in his path, how would he know where to go and what to begin with? A good parent turns on the lights for his child. But, a...

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Future STRONG – Peak Productivity

Future STRONG – Peak Productivity

  Personal accountability leads to extraordinary personal productivity. And channeling that productive energy in the right direction can transform children into leaders. And, its possible for these little beings to become great leaders while keeping their...

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Future STRONG – Soft Skills

Future STRONG – Soft Skills

* If we don't channel children's energies into productive arenas, we can't expect to create very many brilliant minds for the future. Children these days have no lack of confidence about the things they know AND don't know. But, if we want to raise emerging leaders,...

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