Supporting drop out students going back with Lynn Teatro [39]

From Surviving To Thriving

Aug 8 2022 • 24 mins

Student drop out rates are only getting worse, and it's a challenge for students to go back after they've already made the decision. But if your student is considering going back to finish high school, college, or university, there are things that can help you, help them. Lynn Teatro helps parents to help their students succeed in their choices to go back and complete their education. As a fellow college drop out, I wish I had the support that Lynn provides. Everyone's journey is unique, but the synchronicities of this episode will help you see that everything comes to the right people, at the right place, and the right time! There's no better time to support your student then right now.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Don’t overthink opportunity when it presents itself
  • The staggering numbers of post secondary drop out
  • Why giving your kids a voice and helping your kids to self-advocate matters
  • The importance of meal time and daily celebrations
  • Getting kids involved in groceries and meal prep at a younger age

About Lynn Teatro:

How long does it take for a 30 year old single parent with social anxiety, depression, and two kids to complete a 3 year Bachelor of Science Program in Psychology? 2 years. Actually, 23 months. With a B+ average. That’s a 3.3 GPA in Amerispeak.

Few people would call me brilliant. And I am not particularly organized. However, I did have a few things in place and some experiences that, without me knowing, helped me commit to that path and succeed.

Since graduation, I have done a lot of research on tertiary school education (i.e. university, college, trade school) and found learning tools and experiences that would have helped me get higher grades and even pursue graduate school. I may yet do that in the next five years. I loved attending and learning at university. Just wish I had been encouraged to go on.

I since learned to overcome my anxiety which interfered with asking and responding to questions, getting help, organizing my thoughts in a cohesive manner, and doing those dreaded class presentations. I had total stage fright. Now I enter speaking competitions just for shits and giggles. I’ve won a few of them, too.

I am retired from social service work now and I am appalled at the dropout rate of students in post secondary education. It is 35% in Canada. 40% in the US. Part of this problem lies squarely on the shoulders of the post secondary institutions. But there are tools and tricks students can learn to increase their chances of success.

And that’s where I come in.

I want students to learn to understand and accept themselves as the brilliant, gifted, and unique people that they are. And can become.

I want them to appreciate their talents, their skills and their values, so they can use them to succeed at higher education and succeed the careers that will flow from this new knowledge.

I want them to succeed in life.

No regrets.

About the Host:

Raymond Bourcier - Conscious parent coach, stay-at-home father, husband, author, podcaster

A college and university environmental science graduate, Ray grew up in a toxic family and a toxic situation in Northern Ontario, Canada. As a result, he experienced the first of many PTSD events at age five, which would begin his nearly three-decade struggle with anxiety and depression.

Spending most of his life in survival mode without support, he eventually discovered and developed ways to overcome his struggles when nothing else worked.

With a passion for helping others, he made it his mission to help transform the lives and impact the worlds of eleven million people so they too can give their best to themselves, their loved ones, and their career.

An ancient Chinese proverb that Ray loves states, "To know the road ahead, ask those...