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How to help your teenager with social skills: New Parent’s Guide


I meet a lot of great parents at conferences where I’m a vendor. Many, especially parents with teens who have special needs, including autism, expressed interest in a parent’s guide for my book Smile & Succeed for Teens. They told me that a parent’s guide would make it easier for them to help their son or daughter learn and practice important social skills without having to dig to find the correct section in the book.

Even Psych Central suggested that a parent’s guide would be helpful in their review of Smile & Succeed for Teens. They wrote, “There may be some teens that will not use these tips without nudging; however, it would be helpful to have an accompanying parent’s guide with activities to engage and practice with teens…. Nevertheless, parents could play a vital role in teaching their teenagers these skills and helping with the application.”

I took the advice and spent the past four months writing the Parent’s Guide for Smile & Succeed for Teens. For parent’s (and grandparents) who want to help teenagers and young adults improve their social and job skills, this new Parent’s Guide will really help. The Parent’s Guide for Smile & Succeed for Teens contains 24 fun and effective role-playing exercises to get young people comfortable with critical skills they need to succeed in school, work and life. Learn more.

This Parent’s Guide makes it easy to help young people learn the important skills in the my award-winning book Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World. From the chapters, “Discover Essential People Skills”, “Master The Top Ten People Skills”, “Master Electronic Etiquette” to “Mock Interview” and “Volunteering”, after practicing these skills with you, your teens will feel confident when they encounter these scenarios in the real world. They’ll learn how to make friends, overcome stress and anxiety, volunteer effectively, interview and get the job, keep the job, and much more.

Social Skills Matter…a LOT

Social skills are the number one factor in getting a job, according to Harvard University. It’s extremely important that kids of all ages and young adults master these important social and job skills. The quality of their life depends upon this.

A huge thank you to Phyllis Brantingham, a mother, grandmother and the Media-Tech at Spring Mills Elementary School in White Lake, Michigan, and to parent’s so many other mothers, fathers, and grandparents who gave valuable feedback for this guide to make if fun and effective. Now let’s get out there and help these young people succeed!

Learn more or purchase the Parent’s Guide for Smile & Succeed for Teens. You can also purchase it on Amazon here.

UPDATE 11-16-17: Since writing this blog post, The Art of Autism wrote a review on the Parent’s Guide for Smile and Succeed for Teens here. In this video interview Autism Live host Shannon Penrod said, “It’s great! This is a way we can give our kids a leg up. When they are going to the job interview, what if our kids were at the FRONT of the line instead of the back of the line, and I think this has the ability to do that.”

Learn social skills for teenagers and job skills for success in Kirt Manecke’s award-winning books Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World and Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service. Learn more about Kirt on his website.


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