How To Predict Your Child’s Career Potential

Taking on an examination of your career potential might seem difficult especially when if your education path was not straightforward, coming back to school for your GED might be the alternative path but it doesn’t mean that your career potential is smaller.

In the late 1970’s, while studying executives impacted by the breakup of AT&T, Dr. Suzanne Kobasa developed the concept of “Stress Hardiness”. Predicting potential for future success is based on past performance and demonstrated skills.

I’ve adapted the three C’s of Kobasa [and added a fourth] to the specific issue of career examination as follows:

1. Commitment: People with a strong sense of commitment to their own selves, their families, their work or a personal cause. They believe in their self-worth. They want either to feel better about their current field of professional engagement or find other outlets that will suit them better.

2. Challenge: People who see life as a challenge welcome new situations and opportunities to grow and develop, rather than feeling fearful. They see opportunities, not obstacles.

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Teach Your Teen About Driving Safety

Our daughter and her friends are to the age where getting their drivers license, and then getting the keys to the car, are all they think or talk about. I can tell you first hand that watching your child drive away by themselves for the first time is not an experience you will ever forget as a parent. It’s not that you’re worried about them–you are but that’s not all of it–you’re also worried about every other person on the road.

It’s a weekly occurrence that my teen driver comes home telling me that because she was driving the speed limit someone behind her was having a road rage experience. She’s had drivers honking at her, flashing their lights, and driving erratically behind her frequently. All because she is driving exactly the speed limit, which as a brand new driver is the responsible thing to do.

Guiding your teen through the process of learning how to drive is a stressful time, but it can also leave parents feeling a lot of pride as they watch their child take on this new responsibility. However, with this new stage of life, there is also a lot you should teach your teen to help her stay as safe as possible.

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Become a CNA – Make a Difference in People’s Lives

Becoming a certified nursing assistant – commonly referred to as a CNA – will put you squarely onto the front line of basic patient care. Increasingly all kinds of medical facilities are taking on more CNAs to provide their patients with routine daily care.

Tasks like feeding, bathing, grooming and basically helping a patient feel as well as possible are crucial to well being for patients of all ages and increasingly these tasks are falling to CNAs, to leave the nurses and doctors under whose supervision they work available for more complex medical tasks.

How to Become a CNA – Getting Started – These days if you were to take a survey of younger RNs in medical facilities all over the country you would find that a surprisingly large number of them began their nursing careers as a CNA and then gradually made their way through the educational process until they reached their current level of seniority.

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This teacher is a leader among budding leaders

Just before the 2:40 p.m. bell signals the start of Karen Dawson’s leadership class, a handful of students brainstorm a seating plan. Father’s middle name? No, there’s one student whose dad doesn’t have one. How about father’s first name?

And so, when the 30 juniors and seniors file in, they line up and sit down in alphabetical order my father’s first name. Every so often the seating changes, one of the thousands of ways Dawson keeps cliques from forming and gets the students to know and accept each other. The same system is used by BestGEDclasses in their online GED prep.

“True learning goes on in an atmosphere where there’s true understanding,” says Dawson, 57, who teaches art and leadership and advises the student council at Washington High, a small-town, working-class high school about 50 miles west of St. Louis. “Students learn best in an environment where they’re accepted and not judged. There are no masks in here. It’s a very accepting group.”

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Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

“You don’t understand!”
“I don’t want to talk about it!”
“Leave me alone!”

If these declarations sound familiar, you are not alone. Most parents experience the brick wall that suddenly appears without warning. You can learn what triggers this and ways to keep the conversation flowing.

Get inside your preteen’s mind to see life from their point of view. This is the road to changing the adult-preteen interaction. Let’s look at a common homework problem, which is the preteen’s to solve, to see how this works. If they are struggling with homework you may hear them say, “I just can’t do this. It’s too much, and I’m not going to do it!” This is the crucial point in which your choice of response can either create a supportive connection or enrage your preteen.

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The High School Confusion

download-16If you think it’s easy to get into even a public high school for some kids, think again. Yesterday I met a girl and heard her story, her parents formally disowned her when she was 15, and she spent six months living in a car before trying to enroll herself in school miles away with no parents.

It’s not the lack of parents that was the problem — it seems her former school district was so far ahead of the new one that, even at 16, she only had three classes left to graduate.

She had two options: continue high school, or sign up for GED classes to earn her GED and believe me there are plenty of great online courses, like the BestGEDClasses course. Three classes simply weren’t worth the trouble for the school.

she was denied entry back into high school and told to finish her high school equivalency at the nearby community college. Obviously, this came with a fee that fortunately she could pay for working two minimum wage jobs. Perhaps it was survival instincts kicking in, but even then she knew she was the exception.

High School isn’t a Guarantee

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Education into Uneducated Thought

The Presidents of some of the nation’s most prestigious Colleges and universities have signed a petition put out by the Amethyst Initiative, which is sponsored by Citizens for Responsible Drinking Choices, which is run by far-left liberals out of Middlebury College, in Vermont, who, no doubt, would like to see us back to the Greco-Roman days where we can all frolic through the streets naked singing poems back and forth (am I done? I think so, but to remind you of where we started… a petition) that calls for a national debate on lowering the drinking age to 18.

No, the Presidents of some of the nation’s most prestigious Colleges didn’t sign a petition that calls for a national debate on lowering marijuana use, so Mexican drug lords can stop kidnapping, beheading, and assassinating random and sometimes not so random Mexican citizens.

People think it’s all fine and dandy, “smoking pot doesn’t harm anybody,” well sure if your pot just happens to be grown by the Rednecks or adventurous illegal immigrants out back, but whether the pot is grown out back or in Mexico the money still travels to the same murderous drug lords. But the College presidents couldn’t be bothered to sign that petition. Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Home Schooling

People new to the concept of homeschooling often have a thousand and one questions.  This post will show you some pros and cons that may be helpful in guiding you as you consider whether to homeschool or not.

Some homeschooling advantages:

There are several advantages to homeschooling.  Let’s take a look at five:

1.     Allows for quality vs. quantity time. Homeschooling can provide individualized attention and instruction lacking in public schools today.  Parents are better equipped at understanding what their children’s interests are and, as such within the homeschool environment, have more time to observe how their children are progressing, as well as what areas they may find difficult and can be there to help them out. One thing is certain, you must at all times keep the lines of communication with your children open!

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How to Use YouTube to Connect With Your Teen

Whether you consider yourself a modern Parent or not, by now you’ve heard of YouTube – the ultra-popular video sharing website. YouTube allows users to upload, view, and share video clips on almost any topic you can imagine – you can find how-to videos, music videos, political videos, funny baby videos, and the list goes on and on.

So how can you use the user-generated videos of YouTube to connect with your teen? One of the most effective ways to get involved with our teens is to engage in some of the activities they are interested in – spend time with them, listen to them, laugh and explore with them.

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Parents How to Prepare for the GED Test

images-63The latest version of the GED test was rolled out in January 2014 and is entirely computer-based. The GED test contains four sub-tests on the fields of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy.

The GED is modular, meaning you can take the four sub-tests (modules) separately within a 2-year time frame. Writing skills are tested in all four subject areas but developing your writing skills is more crucial than ever before.

Writing Skills. To complete the GED test successfully, it is absolutely important that candidates perform well on the writing tasks. They will have to demonstrate their ability to read with understanding, to examine discussions, and to use information from principal texts.

In order to pass the GED exam, applicants must be able to create structured sentences, deal with details and main topics in their answers, and demonstrate competence of the normal rules of English grammar.

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