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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 #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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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #90

Dear Granddaddy, why do we need to grow up? Nancy- teen. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYMIDDkTpFQ Wow! That’s a very good question, Nancy. It sounds like you don’t really want to grow up. And I can’t blame you because sometimes I don’t really want to [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #89

Dear Granddaddy, how do you build self-esteem? Brett- mother. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPZlVnyWY0E Well, Brett, I’d think your love and close relationship with your kids will build their self-esteem. Just knowing you love them will give them comfort and help them to trust that [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #88

Dear Granddaddy, what is the best advice, you as an adult, can give me a teenager? Alex Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O25LYgspa3I Well, Alex, a wise old man once told me this valuable piece of advice that I’m now going to pass on to you. [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #87

Dear Granddaddy, what happens to ungrateful children when they become adults? Linda- mother of an ungrateful child. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU2jUnJ2qZQ&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=87 Well, Linda, we know that this big world can be unforgiving. We also know how good our kids have it under our roofs. [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #86

Dear Granddaddy, I’ve been going through a stressful time. How do I overcome my hardships? Stephanie. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAf3alErWnY&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=86 Stephanie, I’m sorry to hear that you have been going through some stressful times. A strategy I used when I was younger during stressful [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #85

Dear Granddaddy, what is it that nobody tells you about adult life? Flavian- high school senior. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcyR8CuQvPQ&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=85 Well, Flavian, something that you might not have heard of from your teachers and parents is that life is tough. Now, the fact that life [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #84

Dear Granddaddy, what do teenagers wish their parents knew?  Coran- A Dad. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBExmKEuLvY&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=84 Well, Coran, I’d start with telling you what I’ve told thousands of parents over the last two decades. Your children won’t tell you, but they really do want you [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #83

Dear Granddaddy, what screams, “I peaked in high school!”? Keith Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilA1gNQWjhU&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=83 Well, Keith, for many of us, especially the successful high school athletes, theater stars, or any others who stood out in high school, it can feel like we peaked in [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #82

Dear Granddaddy, I’m a 15-year old girl and I really want to have a baby. What should I do? Taylor- student. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEflORspHgY&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=82 Taylor, listen, I get it. I honestly do. We all want to have someone who will love us unconditionally. [...]

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