Motivating Teens Articles

Will Your Kid Be Able to Afford His Dream Life?

Will your daughter be able to afford her dream life? Will your son be able to live the way he wants to—considering the adult income he's headed toward right now? Have your kids (ages 8–26) complete this short quiz sponsored by Jump$tart. (They're rockstars in building...

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Two Sentences to Help Your Teen Achieve More This Year

You'd love to help your teen achieve more this year—but motivating teens can be so hard. And you have limited time and energy for trying anything fancy. Here—2 sentences that can help your teen achieve more this year. Throw these sentences into family conversation...

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A Kid You Care About Has ADHD or Behavior Problems?

This is a very long article—but if you love a child or teen with ADHD or behavior problems, you're going to want to read the entire thing. I did not write this. It's an unedited, lengthy rant from a mother who has been in a situation very much like yours—and found...

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Will a Minimum Wage Job Cover Rent? Anywhere?

Some kids decide not to go to college after high school. This can work out great—if they opt for high quality job training instead of heading off to 4-year college. But what if your kid wants to work a minimum wage job in the years after high school? Is there any hope...

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7 Ways to Encourage Teen Summer Jobs—Starting Now

7 Ways to Encourage Teen Summer Jobs—Starting Now

Teens tend to think summer jobs are all about the money—but parents know different. The very act of getting off of the couch, identifying job opportunities, and then actively going after those opportunities builds life skills into your teens that they'll need long...

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Tee Your Kids Up For Career Success (In Just 2 Min.)

Tee Your Kids Up For Career Success (In Just 2 Min.)

You desperately want your kids to succeed academically in school and in college so they can have a shot at lifetime career success—but cajoling and hovering and pushing them is just so exhausting. Here’s fantastic help that will take you under two minutes to...

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5 Ways to Keep Kids From Living Off You in Their 20s (AUDIO)

3 Reasons Every Teen Needs A Part-Time Job (AUDIO)

This episode also includes a hilarious idea for making your teen want to go out and get a part-time job!Join me, Jeannie Burlowski, for episode 4 of the Launch Your Teens podcast, and you'll learn: 1. How working a part-time job increases the odds that a teen will be...

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How to Get a Teen to Read a Non-Fiction Book

How to Get a Teen to Read a Non-Fiction Book

In a world where kids seem perpetually tied to their phones, how can you get a teen to read a non-fiction book? In some homes, families are starting up a revolutionary new family tradition. They’re giving each family member an actual, physical book as a gift, and then...

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The 5 Love Languages, Explained with Burritos

The 5 Love Languages, Explained with Burritos

By this time nearly everyone's heard of Gary Chapman's book, The 5 Love Languages. It's sold over 11 million copies, it's the 12th most popular book on Amazon (where it has more than 13,000 5-star reviews), and it's been a New York Times Bestseller 8 years running....

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Should You Pay Your Teen to Do Things?

Should You Pay Your Teen to Do Things?

You're parenting a teen, and you've just had a fantastic idea for him or her. Something that could pay off in huge ways down the line. But your kid isn't interested. "Nah," he says, scrunching up his nose and shaking his head. "Not gonna do that." Meanwhile, he's...

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Fewer Screens * More Cheerful Chores * Happier Summer

Fewer Screens * More Cheerful Chores * Happier Summer

This article was originally written in 2017. It was updated on May 8th, 2019. I plan to update it every May, right when parents need it most. Carol kicked off her work shoes and put them away in the front hall closet. "Hi, kids; I'm home!" She called out. It'd been an...

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I am a full-time academic strategist, conference speaker, and author of the book “LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward.

My writing and speaking provide parents a clear, step-by-step checklist so they can set their kids up to succeed brilliantly in college, graduate debt-free, and move directly into careers they excel at and love.

For more than 20 years, I’ve helped students apply to highly competitive law, medical, business, and grad schools. I still do that from my website GetIntoMedSchool.com.

I am married, and my husband and I have a son and a daughter. We live in Minneapolis.

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