7 Strategies for Highly Successful Teens

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A life changing program for your teens.

I am so excited to announce I have a new program for Teens, Parents and Teachers.

In this fun, entertaining and inspirational talk I go over the 7 strategies for highly effective teens.

This is nothing like your typical high school presentation.

Here are some highlights:

  • Groundbreaking research insights about the teen brain and behavior
  • Hilarious and inspiring videos
  • Immediately applicable action steps to motivate and encourage teens from all levels
  • Relatable stories for teens to feel engaged and understood

I can’t give too much away, but in this talk we delve into both the lighthearted and serious issues teens face including:

  • Effective communication with peers, parents and teachers
  • Mastering the online environment–preventing cyberbullying, staying savvy online and building a digital reputation that lasts
  • School – life balance, reducing stress and finding the right outlets
  • How to have healthy relationships with the important people in a teen’s life
  • Planning for the future, smart college applications, resume building and finding your life passions

I am stoked about this new talk and have already booked out January, February and March at High Schools, youth conferences and Parent groups around the US.

Please contact our manager Lynn Campbell for pricing and date availability:

 manager@radicalparenting.com

*Yes, of course, we have a tween version!

Talking to Kids About Drinking And Driving

On June 22, 2013, drunken driver Matthew Cordle hit and killed Vincent Canzani. In a somber YouTube video, Cordle publicly confessed to causing the fatal crash and pledged to accept responsibility for his actions.

This tragedy sends chills down the spines of parents everywhere. How can parents protect their children from drunken drivers, and how can we help our youth understand the importance of driving sober?

Cordle’s YouTube confession, with 2 million views and counting, gives parents an impetus to have a difficult but necessary conversation with their children. Here are some tips for broaching this sensitive topic with clarity and poignancy:

1. What do they know?
When you first sit down with your child, it is important to find out what they already know and have heard about drunken driving. This is important for all ages, because it allows you to dispel any myths and work off what they have already heard at school or from friends. Here are some questions you can ask depending on your child’s age:

  • Do you know what it means to drive drunk? To drive under the influence?
  • Have you ever talked about drunken driving at school?
  • Have you heard stories about drunken driving? What do you know about it?
  • How do you think drunken driving happens?

Read the rest of my article at HLN!

Body Language for Back to School

Are there any body language tips for back to school time? Of course! Here are a few tips for parents to make the transition from summer to school easy:

Relaxation is Contagious
Most people don’t realize that body language is contagious. Just like when you see someone yawn, you yawn. This is because of our mirror neurons. We have mirror neurons that like to copy those around us. So, as the first day of school approaches be sure to keep yourself relaxed and calm. If you are nervous, your kids will feel it. So when talking about school keep “relaxed body language” so your kids mirror that. This is relaxed body language:
  • Keep your shoulders loose
  • Use normal volume
  • Don’t cross your arms
  • Head held high
Be Confident Before You Walk In
Most people don’t know that not only do our emotions change our body language, but also our body language changes our emotions. Researchers from Harvard Business School have found that when you have confident body language you begin to feel confident. If you have nervous body language you begin to feel nervous. So, before kids go to school consider pumping them up with the following tips. You can do this by playing some favorite music on the way to school or over breakfast to get kids loose and moving.
  • Smiling
  • Feet firmly planted
  • Hands above head or spread wide
  • Shoulders back and head up
Body Language for Bullies
What should a kid do if he or she has a bully? Above all else they want to avoid “victim” body language. This is the body language we all do when we lose a race or feel sad. Bullies sniff this body language out. What to avoid:
  • Head hung low
  • Body hug
  • Tucked feet
  • Knees turned in
  • Blocking behavior
Then there is winner body language and this is what kids should practice doing to show strength and confidence–remember it helps them feel this way too:
  • Find the sun (chest and head up).
  • Leave torso open
  • Shoulder width feet
  • Arms loose
Again, you mirroring good body language is best of all. We lead by example.
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Best Parenting Books for Parents of Tweens

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Best Books for Parents of Kids and Tweens

Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential by Eileen Kennedy Moore, PhD Mark S Lowenthal, PsyD

I love how this book approaches talking to kids about achievement in success–without pushing perfection. A great read, inspiring stories, and helpful advice.

What Kids REALLY Want to Ask: Using Movies to Start Meaningful Conversations‹A Guidebook for Parents and Children Ages 10-­14 by Rhonda A. Richardson, PhD and A. Margaret Pevec, MA

“What Kids REALLY Want to Ask provides an ingenious, fun, and effective way for parents and young people to connect. And it takes exactly this connection for adult wisdom to flow to kids–and for kids to offer their insights to parents.

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross

I love that this book is about simplifying the lives of parents and kids. If you want to strip down to basics and leave a calmer life, this approach to parenting is for you.

Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl

This author is a former teacher and knows exactly how to engage kids to learn and be excited about learning. Her ideas really resonate with both parents and kids.

No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids by Harley Robart, M.D.

If you are not a big reader, this short and sweet book is for you. With some easy lessons and inspiring moments this book can kickstart your bonding with your kids.

Best Books for Parents of All Ages:

NurtureShock: New ThinkingAbout Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

This is an amazing book for parents that uses scientific studies to bust parenting myths and help give tools that actually work.

Scream Free Parenting by Jenny Runkel

ScreamFree Parenting is a new approach to parenting that parents rave about. The focus is on creating responsible, caring adults through improving your relationship with your child rather than just trying to “get them” to do the right thing. It contains universal principles, which teach parents to become the calm, cool, and connected influencers in their homes rather than trying to simply be game wardens or gate keepers.

Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes our Souls by Gary L. Thomas

Sacred Parenting is unlike any other parenting book you have ever read. This is not a “how-to” book that teaches you ways to discipline your kids or help them achieve their full potential. Instead of discussing how parents can change their kids, Sacred Parenting turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us.

Real Love and Real Love in Parenting by Greg Baer, M.D.

Greg Baer holds nothing back. Some of what he says might feel a little harsh, but can be a real wake up call to be REAL about our responsibilities and our role in our kids’ lives. Tweens and Teens of parents applying these principles will love the change they see in their parents and how they feel happier, receive more respect, autonomy, and skills to prepare them for a lifetime of powerfully REAL relationships and happiness.

Just Tell Me What To Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts For Perplexed Parents by Betsy Brown Braun

This book provides hands-on, just give-it-to-me-straight tools so that parents gain the skills and confidence they need to handle the sometimes challenging situations that inevitably accompany raising children ages 2-6 and beyond. Hailed by the New York Times as a “parenting guru,” Braun’s down-to-earth advice is derived from her expertise working with thousands of children (from toddlers to teens) and parents for over three decades.

Have you seen our other top picks? 

Advice for Teen Girls: Finding the Right College

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Folasade is a 16-year-old from Monroe, Louisiana. She enjoys learning as much as possible from techniques in swimming and tennis to new math formulas. She feels communication is only heard through the arts and enjoys all forms from water painting to writing.

You are a high school senior; where have the last four years gone?! It seems just yesterday you were walking to Freshman Orientation; hearing the classic spiel about “the future.” Well now, after serious procrastination, you’re facing that future (the next chapter in life): COLLEGE. Sure some will travel abroad and others trying to find themselves. But for those going to college, we feel like we’re having an anxiety attack with all of this stress. Let’s admit, during those orientations, we weren’t really listening but rather thinking about our high-school lives. But now we’re the upperclassman—seniors to be exact—the big dawgs. But with these titles, our high school career is coming to an end; we are now faced with finding the perfect one, our soul mate, or (better yet) Mr. Right: college. But getting “him” isn’t that easy, we’re swamped with scholarship deadlines, harassing counselors/teachers, and waiting for college updates. But with all this chaos you just wish you had MORE TIME; everything is moving as if it were on fast forward.

Why this year when you need so much time? While senior year has many fun and games, it is NO joke and college even more so. No one wants to settle for mediocre; we want to get our Mr. Right! Don’t wait to start searching for your school because you don’t want to be matched with a place you’ll hate. So use these tips to help minimalize your stress senior year and find the college of your dreams.

  1. Harmless Head Starts: Start junior year with familiarizing yourself with the common college application sites. There is nothing wrong with working on college applications during junior year. This will definitely give you more breathing room during senior year, and you will have ample time to tweak (if you want) your essays to make sure they are what you want to “label” you because this is the one place where colleges get a sense of you.
  2. Early Bird Special: Those annoying scholarships just get harder to obtain the older you get, so start earlier to raise your chances of getting some. Another benefit to this is more practice in applying/filling out scholarships. Practice makes perfect ;).
  3. Don’t Got Changing: Start junior year or earlier getting a sense of what you want. Visiting colleges is always a plus because you actually get a sense of what Mr. Right is like, or what you’d like him to be. But make sure you are not changing yourself to “fit” him, such as minors, majors, (believe it or not) race, or etc.
  4. Not Exclusive Yet: Make sure you have options other than Mr. Right because there is always the possibility either one of you might not dig the other. So don’t be stubborn towards looking into other colleges and university. The average number of colleges to apply to is eight to ten.
  5. Don’t Drown: Pick something reasonable or something you are willing to pick up the slack later.  Colleges are expansive especially if you don’t get all the scholarships you banked on. Look into loans, scholarships, and financial aid your “ideals” offer. After doing a background check and shortening your list of colleges, take a look for part time jobs the school or its community may offer.

Searching for college is meant to be a major factor in your life; don’t let it be something you’ll regret. You know, you will be spending a lot of “quality time” (4 years) with this college, so why not spend it with Mr. Right.

Easy Ways to Help Your Teen Have A Productive Summer

Are you worried that your teen will spend all summer watching TV and playing video games? Have no fear! Here are my favorite online courses for teens to banish boredom and have a productive summer:

ACT Math

If your teen is starting the test prep process this online course will help them in ACT math in a visual way–much more than a book. If they need help with other standardized tests, try these resources:

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How to Score A Job 

This course helps teens who are looking for jobs or internships. They will get an extra edge from some of the topics to help them build a resume and contact recruiters. In this economy we could all use a little help!

Learn How to Make an iPad or iPhone App

Teens love their phones and apps are very popular right now. Can your teen think of something that they wish they had as an app? In this course, the teacher explains the basics of apps so teens can program one themselves. This is an amazing way for a teen to get hands on experience and add an interesting story to their resume or college application. Who knows it could even be a money maker?!

Speed Reading

I am not always a fan of speed reading, but for slow readers or students who are going to take a lot of English classes in college, speed reading can be a great skill to have. This course will teach teens how to speed read almost any kind of book and help them get in the habit of reading more not less.

Play the Ukulele

For $25 your teen can be an expert Ukulele player. It might seem silly, but playing any kind of instrument is great for a teen’s brain and is a much better summer activity than playing video games.

How Teens Can Produce Their Own Music

Do you have a musician or singer? Teens can spend the summer making,writing and publishing their own songs in Garage Band. This course teaches you the basics of making music in Garage Band–which is a relatively cheap and easy way for a teen to apply their musical talents this summer. Guitar lessons from takelessons.com are also an option and you can record the songs you learn using Garage Band.

Public Speaking 101

Everyone, no matter what they want to do in life should learn how to public speak. If your teen wants to push themselves have them take this course on public speaking–and maybe even sign up for a local toastmasters group to practice.

Exam Excellence: How to Ace Exams

Unfortunately teens need to know how to ace exams. Is there more to rocking an exam than just studying? This course teaches students how to best take an exam no matter what the material. A great skill for college!

How to Learn Programming Course

If your teen has any interest in computers, programming and web development is a great skill. Not only can teens use this for their personal use (building their own website or for school) but they can also list programming on their resume. The course, Become a Web Developer from Scratch is an introductory course so kids do not need any previous experience. It will also give them a new perspective on how the Internet works and after they will be able to create their own websites and apps for another resume building activity.

teen summer activities, teen jobs, teen internship, teen resume, teen activity ideas, online courses for teens, online programs for teens, summer programs for teensCollege Admissions Course

Most teens need to start thinking about college early. This course helps students–both teens and parents learn about the college admissions process. They get tips and tricks for applying to college successfully.

Learn How to Be A Young Entrepreneur

Does your teen have a business idea? This course talks about first steps for start-ups and how to start a business. Dave Mcclure a mogul entrepreneur talks about how to raise money for a business. No matter what industry or job your teen decides to do, learning how to raise and ask for money is essential.

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Photoshop

Does your teen love taking photographs or are they interested in going into PR, design or fashion? Learning and understanding how to use photoshop is essential. This course will show teens how to use photoshop so they can add the skill to their resume.

Make Your Own Game

Teens love online games. This course helps teens learn how to make their own game from scratch. Not only is this a great way to challenge your teens (building a game is way more powerful than just playing a game), but also if they are interested in the video game industry, this is a great way for them to practice and get skills to list on their resume.

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Novel Writing Workshop

If your teen loves to write, they should consider trying to pen their own novel this summer. This will be great writing experience for them and flex their creative muscles. Not to mention how awesome a young writer looks to colleges and jobs. Encouraging your teen to do a novel will also help them get lost in their imagination–better than getting lost on the couch in front of the TV!

  • Young Adult Fiction Writing: If they are interested in writing Young Adult Fiction, this course is specifically for writers interested in that genre of writing.

Learn Microsoft Excel

Microsoft is a great tool for teens to add to their resumes! This course is for beginning and intermediate excel users and can help teens become knowledgable in excel which is needed for almost any workplace. The training explains Microsoft Excel starting with the absolute basics. The teacher slowly works students up through learning the various capabilities of the program, and covers basic to advanced formula and functions. You can also download the working files that allow you to work alongside the teacher.

  • Powerpoint: They might also consider this course on Powerpoint, which they can use for school or work and add to resumes.
  • Microsoft Word: Word is another application that teens use all the time for school–in both High School and College. The tricks in this course can give them an edge on school projects and in the workplace.

Cake Decorating 101

This course is simply fun–or maybe will inspire your teen to want to be a baker! This course is all about cake decorating and teens can practice their skills in the comfort of their kitchen and you get the benefit of being an official taster. Cake decorating encourages creativity and imagination (and certainly can win you a lot of friends who need to come over and taste your creations). This is also a way for teens to make a little extra money if they can decorate children’s birthday cakes.

Magician: How to Do Card Magic

If your teen wants a fun hobby, maybe they should consider learning how to do card magic. This can be a fun side activity for them to try and impress friends.

Computer Repair

Many parents and teens joke that the computer fixer in the house is the youngest person in the house. Is your teen the one who fixes all of your devices? Maybe it is time to consider making that a resume-listable skill. This course will teach your teen how to repair computers. This is great for resumes and a wonderful way for your teen to make a little side business to make extra money after school.

Learn Portuguese

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By the way, these courses are Teen Approved by our teen interns!

If you have a teen who loves language, maybe they want to consider picking up the basics of a new language over the summer to add to their resume.

Some Other Fun and Random Courses Your Teens Can Take This Summer:

Building Your Teen’s Resume

By the way we mention building a teen’s resume a lot in this post. If your teen has not started their resume, this is the perfect time to get them started! This book has the basics of starting your resume both online and offline: The Everything Resume Book: From Using Social Media to Choosing the Right Keywords, All You Need to Have a Resume That Stands Out From the Crowd! (Everything Series)  By Lin Grensing-Pophal

  • How to Set Goals: You can also check out this course on how to set goals to get your teen motivated!

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The Secret to College Admissions

KeysAre you feeling anxious about college admissions? Don’t worry it’s completely normal!

The secret to college admissions is speaking the same language as college admissions officers. If you understand the process you will feel better equipped to deal with this crucial period in your teen’s life.

We think it is essential to teach parents and students the language of college admissions. This gives an edge to applicants who understand how the process works.

College Program Details

Vanessa and her associates work with clients to help them through the college process. We can jump in at the early stages getting pre-High Schoolers and 9th graders ready to prepare an awesome college applications and seniors who are ready to apply. Here are some of the areas we work on:

  • Overview of College Admissions Timeline
  • Preparation for Testing
  • Essay Writing and Preparation
  • Application Preparation
  • Overall organization for college admissions
  • Transcript review
  • Campus Tour Reviews
  • Researching and reviewing schools on student’s list
  • Meeting College Application Deadlines

We also provide many insightful tips on the process to help your child get into the school that is the right fit for them. We are happy to craft a program for you. Our approach to youth has been featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Family Circle magazine and more.

*Resume Help: We also work with students and families to help build online and offline resumes for internships, first jobs and more. Vanessa will talk to kids and teens about online safety and how to best present themselves online.

Our Approach:

We will create a program that works for you! Whether that is a one time “4 Year Road Map” for 8th and 9th graders or regular meetings to do college apps and review summer internships.

9th Grade and Younger: With 9th and below, Vanessa helps students with their 4 year plan. She discusses tracks with academics, extra-curricular activities and things both students and parents can do right now to help make their college process easier. She also works with students on summer internships and, most importantly, she talks to kids about cleaning up and preparing their online resume–she shows kids how recruiters use the Internet and what is currently online about your child and how to get it ready.

10th-11th Grade: 10th and 11th graders have time to really prepare their resumes, applications and online lives for the college experience and internships. Vanessa works with sophomores and juniors to get on track with academics. She gives them test preparation schedules and begins the research process for schools. Most importantly, she talks to kids about cleaning up and preparing their online resume–she shows students how recruiters use the Internet and what is currently online about your child and how to get it ready.

12th Grade: Vanessa works with students on every aspect of the college process from research, to organization, to reading essays. She can also craft a program for exactly what you need–if students only need help with one aspect. She gives unique tips to students on preparing the best possible applications, balancing work senior year and getting internships in this competitive climate. Most importantly, she talks to kids about cleaning up and preparing their online resume–she shows students how recruiters use the Internet and what is currently online about your child and how to get it ready.

College Students: For College students, or post-High School graduates, Vanessa helps them get on track with career options, brainstorm ideas if they are stuck and makes sure their resumes are rock solid. In this way, Vanessa can help jumpstart a student who is feeling lost or overwhelmed with life choices.

Please contact us to set-up a consult: Manager@ScienceOfPeople.org

5 Best Books for Parents of Teens

What are the 5 parenting books that every parent of teens should read? It is a mission at Radical Parenting to increase reading and literacy. We also love supporting authors.

Here we have selected our top five favorite books for parents of teens:

Get Out of My Life…. but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D

A parent’s Guide to today’s teenager. Dr. Wolf does a great job telling stories and relating advice for parents.

Best books for parents of teensDo I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?: Stop Fighting, Start Talking, and Get to Know Your Teen by Vanessa Van Petten

A shameless plug, of course our teens were happy to review this parenting book, written by a teen for teens and their parents.  Traditional, and dare we say radical tips from the founder of Radical Parenting.

Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We’re Going to Grandma’s: Hanging In, Holding On and Letting Go of Your Teen by Carleton Kendrick

This book is a reassuring antidote to today’s epidemic of negative teen stereotypes, a collection of real-life, inspiring and amusing stories from the true experts – POAs, parents of adolescents. Nosering helps you stay lovingly connected with your teens while remaining aware of their goodness, confusion and desperate search for identity.

“Yes Your Teen is Crazy!” by Dr. Mike Bradley

This is an extremely comprehensive book that informs parents about what teens are experiencing both physiologically and psychologically during puberty. Additionally, it teaches parents how to handle all the various challenging situations with which their teens may well present them. It emphasizes parenting with consistency, compassion, concrete acknowledgment of teens’ growing capacity for responsibility and the importance of maintaining a dispassionate demeanor during whatever emotional outbursts or rages parents are confronted.

Blessings of B Minus by Wendy Mogul

This book uses Jewish Principles to teach parents how to raise resilient kids and teens. Even though the principles are from Jewish philosophy this book is really helpful for parents of all religions and backgrounds.

We hope you will consider bringing more books into your own home. Feel free to leave us your favorite books in the comments.

If you liked this post, you might also like our list of favorite books for parents.

Need Ideas for Your Teen This Summer?

Are you worried that your teen will spend all summer watching TV and playing video games? Have no fear! Here are my favorite online courses for teens to banish boredom and have a productive summer:

Course: How Teens Can Produce Their Own Music

Do you have a musician or singer? Teens can spend the summer making,writing and publishing their own songs in Garage Band. This course teaches you the basics of making music in Garage Band–which is a relatively cheap and easy way for a teen to apply their musical talents this summer.

Public Speaking 101

Everyone, no matter what they want to do in life should learn how to public speak. If your teen wants to push themselves have them take this course on public speaking–and maybe even sign up for a local toastmasters group to practice.

Exam Excellence: How to Ace Exams

Unfortunately teens need to know how to ace exams. Is there more to rocking an exam than just studying? This course teaches students how to best take an exam no matter what the material. A great skill for college!

How to Learn Programming Course

If your teen has any interest in computers, programming and web development is a great skill. Not only can teens use this for their personal use (building their own website or for school) but they can also list programming on their resume. The course, Become a Web Developer from Scratch is an introductory course so kids do not need any previous experience. It will also give them a new perspective on how the Internet works and after they will be able to create their own websites and apps for another resume building activity.

teen summer activities, teen jobs, teen internship, teen resume, teen activity ideas, online courses for teens, online programs for teens, summer programs for teensCollege Admissions Course

Most teens need to start thinking about college early. This course helps students–both teens and parents learn about the college admissions process. They get tips and tricks for applying to college successfully.

Learn How to Be A Young Entrepreneur

Does your teen have a business idea? This course talks about first steps for start-ups and how to start a business. Dave Mcclure a mogul entrepreneur talks about how to raise money for a business. No matter what industry or job your teen decides to do, learning how to raise and ask for money is essential.

teen summer activities, teen jobs, teen internship, teen resume, teen activity ideas, online courses for teens, online programs for teens, summer programs for teens

Photoshop

Does your teen love taking photographs or are they interested in going into PR, design or fashion? Learning and understanding how to use photoshop is essential. This course will show teens how to use photoshop so they can add the skill to their resume.

Make Your Own Game

Teens love online games. This course helps teens learn how to make their own game from scratch. Not only is this a great way to challenge your teens (building a game is way more powerful than just playing a game), but also if they are interested in the video game industry, this is a great way for them to practice and get skills to list on their resume.

teen summer activities, teen jobs, teen internship, teen resume, teen activity ideas, online courses for teens, online programs for teens, summer programs for teens

Novel Writing Workshop

If your teen loves to write, they should consider trying to pen their own novel this summer. This will be great writing experience for them and flex their creative muscles. Not to mention how awesome a young writer looks to colleges and jobs. Encouraging your teen to do a novel will also help them get lost in their imagination–better than getting lost on the couch in front of the TV!

  • Young Adult Fiction Writing: If they are interested in writing Young Adult Fiction, this course is specifically for writers interested in that genre of writing.

Learn Microsoft Excel

Microsoft is a great tool for teens to add to their resumes! This course is for beginning and intermediate excel users and can help teens become knowledgable in excel which is needed for almost any workplace. The training explains Microsoft Excel starting with the absolute basics. The teacher slowly works students up through learning the various capabilities of the program, and covers basic to advanced formula and functions. You can also download the working files that allow you to work alongside the teacher.

  • Powerpoint: They might also consider this course on Powerpoint, which they can use for school or work and add to resumes.
  • Microsoft Word: Word is another application that teens use all the time for school–in both High School and College. The tricks in this course can give them an edge on school projects and in the workplace.

Cake Decorating 101

This course is simply fun–or maybe will inspire your teen to want to be a baker! This course is all about cake decorating and teens can practice their skills in the comfort of their kitchen and you get the benefit of being an official taster. Cake decorating encourages creativity and imagination (and certainly can win you a lot of friends who need to come over and taste your creations). This is also a way for teens to make a little extra money if they can decorate children’s birthday cakes.

Magician: How to Do Card Magic

If your teen wants a fun hobby, maybe they should consider learning how to do card magic. This can be a fun side activity for them to try and impress friends.

Learn How to Make an iPad or iPhone App

Teens love their phones and apps are very popular right now. Can your teen think of something that they wish they had as an app? In this course, the teacher explains the basics of apps so teens can program one themselves. This is an amazing way for a teen to get hands on experience and add an interesting story to their resume or college application. Who knows it could even be a money maker?!

Speed Reading

I am not always a fan of speed reading, but for slow readers or students who are going to take a lot of English classes in college, speed reading can be a great skill to have. This course will teach teens how to speed read almost any kind of book and help them get in the habit of reading more not less.

Play the Ukulele

For $25 your teen can be an expert Ukulele player. It might seem silly, but playing any kind of instrument is great for a teen’s brain and is a much better summer activity than playing video games.

Computer Repair

Many parents and teens joke that the computer fixer in the house is the youngest person in the house. Is your teen the one who fixes all of your devices? Maybe it is time to consider making that a resume-listable skill. This course will teach your teen how to repair computers. This is great for resumes and a wonderful way for your teen to make a little side business to make extra money after school.

Learn Portuguese

If you have a teen who loves language, maybe they want to consider picking up the basics of a new language over the summer to add to their resume.

ACT Math

If your teen is starting the test prep process this online course will help them in ACT math in a visual way–much more than a book. If they need help with other standardized tests, try these resources:

How to Score A Job 

This course helps teens who are looking for jobs or internships. They will get an extra edge from some of the topics to help them build a resume and contact recruiters. In this economy we could all use a little help!

Some Other Fun and Random Courses Your Teens Can Take This Summer:

Building Your Teen’s Resume

By the way we mention building a teen’s resume a lot in this post. If your teen has not started their resume, this is the perfect time to get them started! This book has the basics of starting your resume both online and offline: The Everything Resume Book: From Using Social Media to Choosing the Right Keywords, All You Need to Have a Resume That Stands Out From the Crowd! (Everything Series)  By Lin Grensing-Pophal

  • How to Set Goals: You can also check out this course on how to set goals to get your teen motivated!

Tags: teen summer activities, teen jobs, teen internship, teen resume, teen activity ideas, online courses for teens, online programs for teens, summer programs for teens

5 Best Parenting Books

What are the 5 parenting books that every parent should read? It is a mission at Radical Parenting to increase reading and literacy. We also love supporting authors.

Here we have selected our top five favorite books for parents:

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NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

This is an amazing book for parents that uses scientific studies to bust parenting myths and help give tools that actually work.

Scream Free Parenting by Jenny Runkel

ScreamFree Parenting is a new approach to parenting that parents rave about. The focus is on creating responsible, caring adults through improving your relationship with your child rather than just trying to “get them” to do the right thing. It contains universal principles, which teach parents to become the calm, cool, and connected influencers in their homes rather than trying to simply be game wardens or gate keepers.

Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes our Souls by Gary L. Thomas

Sacred Parenting is unlike any other parenting book you have ever read. This is not a “how-to” book that teaches you ways to discipline your kids or help them achieve their full potential. Instead of discussing how parents can change their kids, Sacred Parenting turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us.

Real Love and Real Love in Parenting by Greg Baer, M.D.

Greg Baer holds nothing back. Some of what he says might feel a little harsh, but can be a real wake up call to be REAL about our responsibilities and our role in our kids’ lives. Tweens and Teens of parents applying these principles will love the change they see in their parents and how they feel happier, receive more respect, autonomy, and skills to prepare them for a lifetime of powerfully REAL relationships and happiness.

Just Tell Me What To Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts For Perplexed Parents by Betsy Brown Braun

This book provides hands-on, just give-it-to-me-straight tools so that parents gain the skills and confidence they need to handle the sometimes challenging situations that inevitably accompany raising children ages 2-6 and beyond. Hailed by the New York Times as a “parenting guru,” Braun’s down-to-earth advice is derived from her expertise working with thousands of children (from toddlers to teens) and parents for over three decades.

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