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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 20

Dear Granddaddy, I’m so sick and tired of all the ignorant people out there. Victor C. - student. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j81NaTnUEj4&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=20 Victor, I know it’s difficult when we see people doing things that don’t make sense. That ignorance compounds dramatically and makes most [...]

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Dear Granddaddy- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column Blog 19

Dear Granddaddy, I would love to become a teacher, but, I hear people saying things that aren’t very encouraging. Tom C. - College student and future teacher. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYbSyugYYnw&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=19 Tom, I want to congratulate you. You’re one of the special ones with [...]

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Dear Granddaddy- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column Blog 18

Dear Granddaddy, I’m worried over these school shootings that we have been seeing in the news. Breanna S. – Mom of 3 school-age children. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fjsWC_KVxQ&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=18 Breanna, I, too, am saddened over this senseless violence taking place in some of our nation’s [...]

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Dear Granddaddy- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column Blog 17

Dear Granddaddy, my teen son is not a big fan of reading. Maria G. - A concerned mom. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8VZzrkdpXg&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=17 To be honest with you, Maria, when I was your son’s age, I wasn’t a big fan of reading either. Now I [...]

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Dear Granddaddy- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column Blog 16

Dear Granddaddy, I can’t find a job. Damian G. - broke high school kid. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t6PkILeKw8&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=16 Damian, it certainly is much tougher these days for high school students to find a job than it was for my generation. I think about how [...]

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Dear Granddaddy- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column Blog 15

Dear Granddaddy, my wife wants our daughter to play only one sport year-round so she can keep up with her teammates, and I want her to play multiple sports. Dave B. – An old-fashion father. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO01BAZ2ars&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=15 Dave, this is your, your [...]

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Dear Granddaddy- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column Blog 14

Dear Granddaddy, my children just sit on their butts and watch their mother and I work around the house after we have worked all day. Joe. F. - a tired father. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KugIMG3M33s&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=14   Joe, I’m feeling tired for both of you. Children’s [...]

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Dear Granddaddy- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column Blog 13

Dear Granddaddy, I didn’t let my teenage daughter sleep over a coed birthday party, and now she is mad at me because her girlfriends’ moms let them sleep over. Sandra M. a torn mom. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R41TSJFA5xo&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=13 Bravo Sandra M.! You were successful at [...]

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Dear Granddaddy- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column Blog 12

Dear Granddaddy, my parents keep asking me about what I want to do with my future, and I just don’t know. I feel so confused. Katie K. – overwhelmed teen. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLl55nnwTfU&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=12 Katie, I can still remember being frustrated as a high [...]

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Dear Granddaddy- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column Blog 11

Dear Granddaddy, my girlfriend just broke up with me, and now everyone thinks I’m a loser. Eric V. – teen loser. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTSaYUtB8SE&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=11 Eric, my heart aches for you, but, not entirely because of the break up… It aches because you don’t [...]

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