here we go.
So…. for the last several months I’ve been working on a BIG project. You may recall the whole, “I’m writing a book.” “Wait, now I’m going to grad school.” “Ugh, I have no idea what I’m doing.”
In the middle of writing the book I realized there were all kinds of problems I couldn’t solve. I knew a lot about raising my own kids, I had hundreds of great stories, but I found so many areas where I was completely unqualified to teach. Then, I had one of the worst parenting weeks ever (right after I found a publisher) and took a deep dive into positive psychology, habits study and life coaching. Once I started searching, I FOUND ANSWERS.
I can hardly wait to share everything I’ve learned. Really it’s my core beliefs with better ways to teach them– every person is of infinite value, you are the best parent for your kids, you have unlimited potential, kindness always wins, a rising tide lifts all boats, etc.
So, let me present buildyourteenager.com! It’s a website and a podcast and an online parenting course and a coaching program (with a Facebook group and an Instagram, of course). And friends, this stuff is STRAIGHT FIRE. We’ve got the goods.
You’re the first I’ve told, so I’m begging a favor. Would you mind looking around the site, testing the links and email signup and downloads, looking for typos and errors and (if you like it) following us on Instagram and/or Facebook? We’ll be launching the first three episodes of the podcast in just a few days (now THAT has been a learning curve).
One more favor, if you’ve loved this site or just one post would you mind writing a testimonial for me? You can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the comments feature on this site.
For years I’ve searched for way to mentor teens and help parents and I feel like I’ve finally found the right fit. And I’m doing it with Erik! I have a lot of issues about accepting money but I’ve realized if we charge for courses and coaching (everything else will be free) we can serve a much larger audience. If any of you are familiar with Jody Moore and/or Brooke Castillo, I’m training at The Life Coach School. True to Lehnardt nature, we’re also compiling ideas from positive psychology, brain science, habits and dozens of resources to help parents and teens. We have the first 45 podcasts all planned out and can’t imagine running out of ideas, ever.
Crazy, yes? And cool!
As many of you know, one of my reasons for not writing the book was my fear of the critics. I’ve finally overcome that fear because the ideas we have to share are SO POWERFUL it would be irresponsible not to share. Sure, there will be haters. But we will also help so many people.
I’ll still be posting here. I’ve got three in the drafts right now. The last few weeks have just been a little overwhelming with solving all kinds of technical challenges. And right now the site is mostly about parents, but we plan to launch a membership site and podcast for teens by the end of the year.
Phew. OK, here we go.