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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 #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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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #81

Dear Granddaddy, doesn’t life just seem pointless? We’re born, we live a little while, then we die? Woody Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2M4j478TU8&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=81 Well, Woody, I can see the math, science, and logic in your question. However, we humans are a little more than just math, [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #80

Dear Granddaddy, what kind of teachers do students appreciate? Jane- college student. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdDJftRdDns&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=80 Jane, I’m guessing that you may be an aspiring teacher. If I am correct, then good for you. You have a great life’s journey ahead of you. As [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #79

Dear Granddaddy, Does my mom have the right to tell me to finish college when she herself never finished? Jessica Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzMUpZDc3go&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=79 Well, Jessica, I’m not sure if it really comes down to a right. If you’re in college, I’m assuming you’re at [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #78

Dear Granddaddy, my 14-year old daughter told me she is 3 months pregnant. What should I do? Caitlin- A worried mom. Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl-VTenqRgA&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=78 Well, Caitlin, I understand that you’re worried about your daughter. I also understand that you are wrestling with a [...]

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DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #77

Dear Granddaddy, my 13-year old son threw his iPhone 6 down the stairs so I’d have to buy him a new one? What should I do? Darlene- Angry mom Bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV host. VLOG ON THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8o4YK4P8Yk&list=PL_-39bUXJitz71N7H8Ysig2hrkcEU_LGF&index=77 You might not have to do a single thing, Darlene. Natural consequences [...]

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