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How to Set Goals

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​An essential part of growing up to be successful  includes learning how to set and pursue goals.  “All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do.” —Norman Vincent Peale For teens and especially those who’ve been in foster care, it’s hard to imagine, …

Time Management 101

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When someone brings up essential skills for independent living, time management might not be at the top of your list. It’s probably not one you would think of until your to do list has gotten out of control. But time management is an essential life skill that most young adults don’t “leave the nest” doing well. This post is the …

5 Tips for Dealing with a Lying Teenager

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​I hate lying. It’s disrespectful, infuriating, and hurtful.  But it happens. Every teenager lies at some point, even though they are certainly old enough to know it’s wrong. It’s important to deal with teenage lying and manipulation for the sake of your relationship and to help keep them safe. If your teenager is lying about their wherabouts, and there’s an accident …

Orphans in Kyrgyzstan

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And What They Taught Us About Hope I didn’t know Dasha was an orphan when I met her. I just knew she was a friendly teen who was volunteering to help run the summer camp alongside me at the local church in Kyrgyzstan where I was visiting. Currently her government only supports orphans until they reach 15 or 16 years old. …

Life After Foster Care

The statistics are not great for foster youth who age out of the foster care system. Foster youth make up a majority of human trafficking victims. According to an article by KTLA, California officials have stated that “the average age of a juvenile human trafficking victim in California is between 12 and 14 years old, and 70 percent of victims …