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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

College Competency #26

Waking up early on a Monday morning is tough for anyone, especially teens who crave sleep. Teenage brains need at least 8.5 hours of sleep to perform well in sports and school, be alert at the wheel, and get along with family and friends.

Make It Happen Ideas:

·       Cut back on caffeine – coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and soda are common culprits. recommends that teens consume no more than 100 mg of caffeine daily. Try a cup of herbal tea or flavored water instead.

·       Ask your teen to analyze her schedule. Is she trying to fit too much into one night? Cutting back on even one activity might be the trick to getting to bed on time.

·       Enjoy calm, quiet activities later in the evening like bedtime yoga, meditation, or an Epsom salt bath (the magnesium relaxes muscles and promotes relaxation).

·       Turn the bedroom into a retreat – cell phones on silent, monitors on sleep mode to limit blue light, cool air temp, and cozy covers.

·       Consult with your family doctor if sleep does not improve. Conditions like sleepwalking, apnea or chronic insomnia may be symptomatic of a medical condition that requires treatment.

Beverly Gillen

Monday, November 26, 2018

College Competency Series

During Thanksgiving, we talk a lot about our blessings and focus on why we are thankful. Extend this grateful feeling by teaching your child how to calculate a gratuity.  Leaving a tip is a way to express appreciation to someone who performs a personal service for you. Hairstylists, manicurists, and food servers are just some of the jobs that rely on tips for part of their income.

Make It Happen Ideas:

·       The next time your family is out for dinner, put your child in charge of calculating the gratuity. Explain that 15-20% is customary for good service. If the bill was discounted for any reason (pizza coupon), be sure to tip on the total amount before the discount was applied. Try calculating with pencil and paper and using an app.

·       While waiting for your dinner, role play what to do if the service is not stellar. Perhaps your pizza takes longer than usual or the server forgets your refill. Most people in service occupations really enjoy helping their customers but circumstances can be beyond their control. What might be happening in the kitchen to slow down their service? What proactive actions could a customer take if they are unhappy with their meal? How might they feel if they received no gratuity? What are the pro’s of being generous vs. critical?

Beverly Gillen

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Does Your Child Have College Competencies?

As a parent of two young adults, I can tell you how fast the childhood years go by – seems like cradle to college in the blink of any eye! To be successful and well-prepared for career and life, our kids need to develop critical life skills. In my book, I’ve termed these skills “College Competencies” and identified the top 100 skills that range from civic responsibilities to health/wellness awareness to social skills and money management. These competencies are not developed overnight, and parents can be caught off guard to discover that their kids are blissfully unprepared as they head off to college.

If you would like to learn more about College Competencies, watch for weekly blog postings that feature one of these skills – what’s in it for your child to master the competency, practical ideas on how to “Make It Happen”, and Get Connected resources.

If you would like to order your personal copy of Get Connected for College: The Savvy Student’s Guide to College Prep, just send a note via the website and we’ll ship it to you directly. In addition to the 100 College Competencies, the book has a Milestone Map to college admission, tips on saving for college, campus scorecard and more!

Beverly Gillen





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