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About danblanchard

Parent, Educator, Author Dan Blanchard the Award Winning Author and Speaker, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach who grew up as a student-athlete. Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Since then, Dan has successfully completed twelve years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Connecticut Writing Project. He was chosen by the American Federation of Teachers as their face and voice of educational reform. Dan has authored the two dynamic teen leadership books, Feeling Lucky? and Feeling Good. His third book of the Granddaddy’s Secrets series, Feeling Strong! will be out next winter. As an educator, coach, author, and speaker Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and family dog, Daisy.

DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #100

Dear Granddaddy, how do I know at what age to stop being a parent to my daughter and just be a friend? Jack- parent. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laVQ_echZIk Well, Jack, that’s a great question that’s tricky, but here goes. I don’t think you ever [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #99

Dear Granddaddy, as a high school student, how am I supposed to know my true calling in life? Steven Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTUenFVMgAY Well, Steven, I’m glad that you’re thinking about your future. However, I don’t want you to overthink it and cause yourself [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #98

Dear Granddaddy, what is the best parenting advice? Anita Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4RewZWdEB0 Well, Anita, I think W.E.B. Dubois said it best when he said, “Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” Even with Dubois’ sage advice in mind, I [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #97

Dear Granddaddy, how do I teach my children to become wise? Lois Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD_WvxyNZSU Well, Lois, let’s start with a fun one by exposing them quotes. Quotes have an abundance of the wisdom of sages down through the ages. But don’t stop [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #96

Dear Granddaddy, how do I keep my children on the right path? Daria. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_FsVk4uEgc Well, Daria, that’s a very good question. First, I would say to make sure you’re spending a lot of time with every one of your children. Please, [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #95

Dear Granddaddy, why have boys fallen behind girls in U.S. education? Macey. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B64F9-mZdAA Well, Macey, I remember when I graduated from the University of Hartford in 1995. I was shocked by how outnumbered I was by the females. I figured that [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #94

Dear Granddaddy, what can I do to make studying more fun? Troy. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBWi2GlAkmk Troy, I think all of us struggle some with studying at least time to time. I’m sure that every one of us can think of more fun things [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #93

Dear Granddaddy, is being a teacher different than you thought it would be? Mary-former student. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws_ES-pIYj8 Yes! Like everyone else, I had been a k-12 student, so I thought I knew what teaching was all about. In college, I closely watched [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #92

Dear Granddaddy, what is society robbing young people of? Paul. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr5DIKE7BH0 Direction, freedom, happiness, and strong adult figures, Paul. Let me explain. In some countries, young people don’t have a period of adolescence. Young people go straight from childhood to adulthood. [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #91

Dear Granddaddy, what’s something you’re glad you taught yourself? Caesar. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3DitA1uT2U Well, Caesar, I can think of a few things I taught myself that I’m glad about. Things that I’m happy that I now know how to do, or at least [...]

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