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The YouSchool Podcast

The YouSchool Podcast

Hosted by: Scott Schimmel

Go to our YouTube channel to watch the episodes (just search The YouSchool) My nightmare at 20 years old was that I would wake up at 40 and feel deep regret that I lived the wrong life- a really nice, predictable,...

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Episode 80: Better Questions - Better Conversations with Scott Schimmel

I don’t know about you, but when I try to have a conversation with someone, and they answer with one-word answers and an irritated tone of voice, I change tactics. I stop talking. I’m not getting paid to try to pry...
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Episode 79: Scott Schimmel on Your Best Year Ever?

Going to back to school brings a mixture of anticipation, excitement, and perhaps a little dread. Anxiety is normal; there’s so much that’s beyond a kid’s control. We have a worksheet you can share with your kids to...
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Episode 78: Scott Schimmel on Resilient Kids Are Filled With Hope

Some students are self-directed, motivated learners who are engaged with their academics, their friends, and their involvement in sports or clubs. Many students, though, are not. They go through the motions. They...
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Episode 77: Scott Schimmel on Grit and the Best Predictor of Success

If you got to choose for your kid whether they were intelligent, talented, or resilient, what would you prioritize? As parents of teenagers, we often find ourselves marveling at our children's talents and abilities....
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Episode 76 Scott Schimmel on Role Model Inventory

Your kid might come up with their own list of role models, but we’ve learned over the past decade how important it is to guide them to reflect on who they look up to and why. Now is a great time to bring it up to your...
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Episode 75 Scott Schimmel on the Critical Skill of Understanding Yourself

One critical skill we all need is to understand ourselves, and understand particularly our own capacity.  This is something that we can grow in ourselves, and teach to our kids.  This concept can also be described as...
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Episode 74: Scott Schimmel on the Skill of Earning a Living

Helping our kids develop a plan to become self-sufficient is part of our job. But in so doing, is it possible that we might steer them too far away from their dreams? Out of our own anxiety, it’s too easy to beat the...
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Episode 73: Scott Schimmel on the Art of Conversation- Critical Life Skills

One critical skill that sets individuals apart is the art of conversation. Engaging in thoughtful, meaningful conversations is becoming increasingly rare among younger generations. However, it is a skill that can...
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Episode 72: Scott Schimmel on the Gift of Boredom for Kids

Feeling bored is uncomfortable. As a kid recently told me, "boring sucks!" No one likes feeling bored; most people do whatever they can to avoid it. One of the worst complaints parents and teachers hear from kids is...
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Episode 71: Scott Schimmel on Graduations and Markers in Time

Parents can leverage graduation and promotion ceremonies and the end of a school year as powerful milestones to encourage their kid’s self-reflection and foster growth. These events offer an opportune moment for kids...
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Episode 70: Scott Schimmel on Authoritative Parenting- The Most Effective Parenting Style

In this podcast episode, Scott Schimmel explores the concept of effective parenting and introduces the idea of authoritative parenting as the most researched and evidence-based parenting style. Reflecting on his own...
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Episode 69: Scott Schimmel on Critical Knowledge- The Power of Connection

A powerful study on human connection showed that lack of connection can be as stressful as a fight!  When we take that to our interactions with our kids, who as teenagers need to disconnect at a certain level from...
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Do you know?

For years we’ve been studying what a young person needs in order to transition into a healthy, thriving adulthood.  

They're uncommon sense ideas, really.

Download this checklist and use it with your students (or kids).

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