Articles written by Ken Rabow about helping teens, young adults and their families find their way from failures to success. Based on Ken's private life coaching work since 2001.



Empowering Teens and Young Adults

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A Life Coach’s Take on Nicole Arbour, Fat-Shaming and Bullying

Hello Nicole, You are not alone. There are lots of people who look like you. Lots of people. When they see someone like me who is overweight, they make judgments. When I am at my present weight (I have gained and lost Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body weight several times over during my 50 odd years) and […]



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The Slacker’s Guide to Success – Step 12 – A Full Life

Helping Millenials Have A Full Life Just imagine… A happy, successful, life where play-time is as fulfilling as work-time and learning-time. Relationships become opportunities for joy, sharing and lots of close, meaningful contact that is mutually satisfying. But seriously, we’re talking about a full life for teens and young adults. Let’s face it, the teenage […]



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Time-Stealers: The Enemy of New Year’s Resolutions

The perfect New Year’s resolution — You found it! You made it! What could stop your desire to make it happen? What could challenge your resolve? Now meet your greatest challenge. The time-stealer. He (or she) is fun, charming, great to be with, someone you are happy to do things with, gets all your jokes, […]



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Sharing Your Old-Fashioned Passions With Your New-Aged Kids

  What if you could future-proof your child? Get him or her ready for a time when everything we know will have changed. Where practically all the jobs we now know of will be gone and will be replaced with jobs in fields we cannot even conceive of in today’s world. And what if I […]



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Ten Tips For Fostering Creativity In Your Children

If you are a parent today in the western world, you have joined a very special club. A club of parents cast adrift, drowning in self-doubt while dodging waves of pyscho-babble lurching at them from every direction. It’s easy to throw blame around but what is the main question we all want the answer? “How […]




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The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part II – The Entitlement Generation

It is in the future and the now that you must re-learn about your own children. This is the key to finding their way to success. To find that future we must first look at what makes this generation different. First we must ask ourselves: “Is it really different?” Didn’t every generation talk about how […]




Help For Parents

Mentoring Young Adults to deal with internet addiction

The best way to deal with video game addictions in Millennials?.. Pinball!!

Parents these days have a great and real concern about video game addiction and internet addiction (including Facebook Addiction Disorder) by teens and young adults. As someone who mentors young adults, this is one of the major complaints from parents that I hear about on a weekly basis. Solutions? Addiction farms? (short term gain, long […]



How to be heard by your child? There are better ways. Ask Ken Rabow!

How To Be Heard By Your Child – Introduction

The goal of these articles is to change your life for the better: How you perceive your children, how they interact with you and how you learn to be your best in the world in the very place where it is most difficult… amongst the people you love. All of that will change for the […]



Life Coaching Young Adults to Succeed in University

Life Coaching Young Adults to Succeed at University

This is the time of year where old habits get in the way of troubled teens and young adults in school. The Just-in-Time habits from high school have not helped in mentoring young adults to succeed in school. In fact, they have raised a lot of university student’s anxiety levels about whether they will or […]



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Mentoring Millennials – The Difference Between Heaven and Hell

How do we Mentor Millennials and get them where they need to go? Start with where you are… So here we are. A new year has begun. Your Millennial is back in university and you are hoping that last year’s effort (best described as crap-tabulous) will not be repeated. Horrible marks. Terrible self-talk/self-image. Massive anxiety. […]



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Why We Should Mentor Millennials Suffering From Mental Illness

Do you know where you were when you heard that Robin Williams had died? I do. I felt like I had lost a family friend. Back in the day when TV meant something, Robin was a breath of fresh air, even on Happy Days. He even made the Fonz look cooler. Then there was Mork […]



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Millennials, Do This To Get the Most From Your Mentors

So here we are. A new school year. New clothes. New books. New gadgets, but most kids are walking in with exactly the same old labels. No. Not Calvin K. I’m talking about: ADHD; Depression; Anxiety, Slacker, Stoner etc. As a Mentor’s Mentor of Millenials I have a few suggestions to transform this year but… […]



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Skype – The Best Place for Life Coaching Young Adults

The best place for life coaching young adults is the same place they spend most of their time watching videos, playing games, facebooking,and sometimes for a few moments studying. Yes. Their computer screens in their special lair; their bedrooms. The advantage is that once they start their life coaching sessions, they will have two hours […]



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Troubled Teens and Extra-Curricular Activities

Meet Three Clients who were Troubled Teens: Tim, Julie and Doug (not their real names). Tim, 13 years old, is practically never at home. Hockey practice, scouts, hockey games, religious class and pre-planned get-togethers with friends, shuttled by his parents take up every non-school moment. A great kid but he seems to have trouble focusing […]



School Failures, Troubled Teens, Anxiety in Young Adults. Fix these with 4 steps to a Successful School Year

4 Steps to a Successful School Year

The new school year is upon us and like Ebenezer Scrooge, we are not sure if it is the ghosts of past, present or future school years that shall be visited upon us. Here are four steps to guarantee a successful school year (guarantee void where prohibited by over-achieving siblings who make us look bad […]



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My Child is Failing! What Did I Do Wrong?

Hello. I’m Ken Rabow. I am a life coach for troubled teens, unmotivated young adults and their families. A great deal of my work is with students in jeopardy of completely failing their school year or Millenials now living at home, playing video games all day, who have dropped out. So maybe it’s best to […]



Basketball, Autism and Deception

Basketball, Autism ……… and Deception

As a life coach for teens and young adults, I work with all sorts of people in their teens and twenties. I learn from all of them. One of my most powerful learning lessons came from a 13 year old client with Autism, who allowed me to see the dangers of people in power trying […]



Ken Rabow Shares 10 Easy Exercises for a Happier Life

50 Easy Exercises for A Happier Life

Hey parents! Stop for a minute. Take a deep breath and realize that in most cases your kids will end up fine despite your worst fears and worries. Yes, there are cautionary tales out there but if you are reading this, you are one of those parents who really care and spend the time searching […]



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Secret S**t Your Kids Won’t Tell You

There are so many things that teens and Millenials think that are simply not being heard by their parents. How do I get to hear it? As a life coach for troubled teens and unmotivated millenials, I ask the simple, slightly obvious questions that it seems no one asks them or takes seriously. What is […]



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Finding The Confidence ……. To Find Love

As a life coach for troubled teens and unmotivated Millenials, I work with a lot of people with mental health issues ranging from anxiety to schizophrenia. What is really a great honor is to have people in their teens and 20’s trust me enough to share their deepest thoughts about their lives with me. Sometimes, […]



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What’s the Point of Doing This?… The Teenage Mantra

So, you’ve asked your teen for the 400th time to do whatever. You scream in front of their “friends”. Your yelled back at. Doors are sent slamming and just as the door is about to close you hear the words: “What’s the point of doing this anyways!!!” I was just Skyping with one of my […]



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The Slacker’s Guide to Success – Introduction

The Slacker’s Guide to Success is Ken Rabow’s method based on his work with Troubled Teens and Millenials over the past 13 years. Here is an excerpt. Enjoy! An Introduction to The Slackers Guide to Success By Ken Rabow So, you know you’re brilliant. Your parents know you’re brilliant. Your dog thinks you’re amazing, then […]



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Transforming Self-Sabotaging Troubled Teens Towards Success

There is a group of roughly 20% of our youth who are doing great in school, in relationships and in their lifestyles but for the majority of the young people today, self-sabotage is the daily practice. So many parents and teachers are finding more and more kids who are non-compliant to the point of failing […]



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Ten Tips For Fostering Creativity In Your Children

If you are a parent today in the western world, you have joined a very special club. A club of parents cast adrift, drowning in self-doubt while dodging waves of pyscho-babble lurching at them from every direction. It’s easy to throw blame around but what is the main question we all want the answer? “How […]



Ken Rabow's Tips for Millenials and Boomers to get along

Boomers! Millenials! Do These 7 Things to Survive Each Other

Baby-boomers. You thought you had it all together, man! Like, you were totally prepared! The right retirement savings plan, paid off the house early, avoided Bernie Madoff and even had time to live a healthy enough lifestyle to enjoy your retirement but… The one thing you could never have planed for, the one thing that […]



Ken Rabow gives some tips in helping inspire unmotivated young adults and troubled teens

Lack of Motivation in Troubled Teens and Unmotivated Young Adults

For teens with anxiety, millennials dealing with self doubt, the slackers and the stoners; there is one mantra they all share: “If I choose to fail and do… then I win”! Let me repeat this for the high achieving, hard-working parents out there: Your child’s mantra just may be ” if I choose to fail […]



Ken Rabow talks about ways to transform bullies and protect the bullied

A Bully’s Inner World of Contempt

I remember when I first met Ricky (not his real name). He was a Grade 4 student in the school yard pushing and yelling with an aura of glee emanating from his face as the two Grade 5 kids (who were actually much larger than him) cowered, looking for a way to get out of […]



Entitled teens and unmotivated young adults - the secret to transforming them into self-actualized adults

The Teenage Mantra: What’s the Point of Doing This?

So, you’ve asked your teen for the 400th time to do whatever. (It’s not like he/she’s actually heard what you said — your voice blends in with the background noise, mixing with the sound of text message alerts, video game soundtracks with the slurping sounds of friends drinking Big Gulps while armchair directing W.O.W.) You […]



Helping Stoner Teens find A Way Out of Addiction

Substance Abuse – Pot Addiction

65% of the young clients I treat have “issues” with marijuana when I meet them. There may be others out there who do fine with marijuana but they don’t come to see me. The ones that I see have some or all of these factors playing on them at once: Procrastination problem Organizational issues Lack […]



Video game addiction in troubled teens and unmotivated young adults... what to do?

Help! My Child is Glued to the Video Game Console!

Well, if they really are glued to the console, their sibling probably got crazy glue for the holidays. But, more than likely, they just disappeared into their rooms, coming out only occasionally, bleary-eyed, to grab some food and then return back to their cave. How bad is incessant video gaming? I think it’s all about […]



The Phone Call Every Parent Dreads

Kids Failing at School? The 7 Steps To Turning Around A Bad School Year

It arrives. The phone call you’ve been dreading. It’s your child’s (pick a subject) teacher, or the vice-principal and they’re calling to tell you that your child sucks and that you are a bad parent. It’s all your fault, not theirs, and what are you going to do about it? They don’t actually say that, […]



Learning to help troubled teens succeed

Are We Killing Our Kids With Kindness?

If the best way to kill off someone talented is give them everything they want, then why are we doing this every day, in every way with our kids? Think about the over-givers, over-praisers and over-reachers. Over-givers: A child given every game, electronic gadget, article of “cool” clothing and every form of chauffeuring has no […]



Ken Rabow shares tips on helping troubled teens and unmotivated young adults succeed

Using Our Child’s Strengths and Challenges To Succeed

We can change our lives for the better right now! It starts with looking at the strengths and challenges in our daily life. Through our challenges, we can understand the patterns that keep repeating and the self-limiting tapes running in our sub-conscious. Our strengths can inspire us to rise over these repeating patterns and tapes, […]



Ken Rabow shares tips to troubled teens on delayed gratification: "Don't eat the marshmallow!"

Delayed Gratification in the Entitlement Generation

Being a teenager is about living in the now. This is a double-edged sword. We spend our whole lives trying to live in the now and give our teens grief for doing it way too much. The main difference is that we have the experience and they have the conviction. In the late 1960’s, a […]



Helping troubled teens and young adults deal with stress by Ken Rabow

Stress – A Good Thing or …Not?

What? Stress? A good thing? I’m here to tell you… Stress is good! It’s what you don’t do with it, that makes it bad. As a very dear friend of mine often says: “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional” It’s easy to say, “well, they don’t know My stress”! Whatever stress you are going through […]



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Getting Your Child Organized – 10 Tips to Tame Homework

Why bother? I won’t need it in “real life”. This is the question heard over and over again in bedrooms, school hallways and principals waiting rooms for as long as there has been chalk. No one can tell you what will help you subject-wise in the future but the one thing I can guarantee you […]



Mental Health Issues in Troubled Teens and Young Adults with Ken Rabow

Mental Health Issues in Teens and Young Adults

Facts About Mental Health In Our Youth According to the mental health commission of Canada, in any given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness. Only one in four children or youth who experience a mental health problem or illness report that they have sought and received services […]



Ken Rabow shares tips on troubled teens and unmotivated young adults with sleeping and waking issues

Help! My Teen Won’t Get Up Before 3 pm!

Help! A parent contacted me the other day concerning her recurring summer problem with her teenager. “I practically never see my teenager from June to September! They refuse to come to dinner, never speaks to us and they have wasted every summer since turning 13 with their friends; playing video games (doing who knows what […]



The Two Sides Of Low Self-Esteem

I have met with many young people who limit themselves on a daily basis by repeating certain mantras: “I don’t know” “I’m so stupid” “I’ll never be able to do that” “I can’t do x” “It’s not my fault” “I don’t care” Each and every one of these are coping mechanisms designed to allow a […]



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Schizophrenia in Teens and Young Adults

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Aspergers Syndrom in Teens and Young Adults – Dealing with Rage and Anxiety

So, it was time for my Skype session with Stephen. Stephen prefers to call himself Autistic and before the DSMV, he would have been labeled Asperger’s Syndrome but if he was happy, I was happy. But right now, Stephen was not happy. You would have thought he would have been. Instead of a Florida vacation, […]



ADHD and Teens or Young Adults

ADD/ADHD in Teens and Young Adults – The Easy Diagnosis

Why is it that’s diagnoses for ADHD have gone up by multiples of a 100 in the past two generations? There’s no question that it is easier to medicate a problem then it is to change a way of thinking. Before I go on to share an alternative treatment that I’ve used with great success […]



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Tips for Teens with Bad Study Habits

For the students: So, you’ve been hoping and buying into “the dream” that somehow, by keeping your science book under your pillow, it will all seep in. Or maybe, they will have some information on the Peloponnesian wars on the Family Guy marathon. How about, “I study best under pressure”? Or that tried and true […]



Getting Parents to Listen

Communication: How to Con Your Parents into Listening to You

Okay. Lock the door. Pull down the shades (do you have shades?) and cozy up to a truth every teen knows: Parents never really listen! You know that, your friends know that, that guy with the crazy hair down the street says his parents listen but he’s home schooled. So here’s the big question: How […]



Getting In The Race; Teens and Young Adults with Mental Health Issues by Ken Rabow

Learning Challenges: Where Is Your Child in the Race?

There they are. At the starting line. The starting pistol cracks. All the children rush off and your child is last. Starting slow, unsure of him/herself and you don’t know if they will even make it. To make matters worse, you see all the other kids doing well and you ask: “why?”. There is something […]



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Phobias – Fear of Fear Itself

So many young people come to me these days with different levels of fears. The effect of these fears range from stopping them from succeeding all the way up to almost complete debilitation. These are some of the fears I come across in trouble teens and young adults on a regular basis: Fear of failure; […]



The Phone Call Every Parent Dreads

Seven Steps To Turning Around A Bad School Year

It arrives. The phone call you’ve been dreading. It’s your child’s (pick a subject) teacher, or the vice-principal and they’re calling to tell you that your child sucks and that you are a bad parent. It’s all your fault, not theirs, and what are you going to do about it? They don’t actually say that, […]



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Why Some Kids Derail Themselves and What We Can Do To Prevent It

Why are so many young people willing to self-sabotage every aspect of their potential future? Not participating in class, not doing the required studying, staying up late, sleeping most of the day away and missing more and more school. For quite a few, video gaming and/or substance abuse is another big factor. The most frustrating […]



Troubled Teens Video Game Addictions

Help! My Child is Glued to the Video Game Console!

Well, if they really are glued to the console, their sibling probably got crazy glue for the holidays. But, more than likely, they just disappeared into their rooms, coming out only occasionally, bleary-eyed, to grab some food and then return back to their cave. How bad is incessant video gaming? I think it’s all about […]



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Marijuana Addiction – Finding A System That Works

65% of the young clients I treat have “issues” with marijuana when I meet them. There may be others out there who do fine with marijuana but they don’t come to see me. The ones that I see have some or all of these factors playing on them at once: 1) Procrastination problem 2) Organizational […]



Ken Rabow shares ideas in helping unmotivated young adults on how to succeed

My Kid is So Smart… Why Isn’t He/She Doing Anything With It?

How many incredibly talented young people have we known who never seemed to get out of the starting gate or who start new things brilliantly but never “go the distance”? These people are a majority of the clients I work with on a weekly basis. They are clever, well spoken, considerate and fun to be […]



Ken Rabow shares ways to help teens and young adults with anger issues

How Do I Control My Child’s Anger?

Well, if you read my articles on a regular basis, you know that the give-away is in the title. If you don’t read my articles… boy am I p***ed off! But seriously. Anger is a huge issue these days. Is it more than other generations? That’s really not the issue if you are around a […]



Ken Rabow gives some tips in helping inspire unmotivated young adults and troubled teens

A Child’s Anxiety – A Parent’s Nightmare

Case Study #3 – Why I Have So Much Anxiety Reason # 12 Kid’s Statement: I never know what will trigger it but when the anxiety comes I lose all control and feel lost. Fact: Most anxieties have specific triggers. Question: How many attacks to you get? Response: I’m always anxious. I get many attacks […]



Low Self-Esteem In Troubled Teens

Transforming Low Self-Esteem In Teens and Young Adults

So many young people limit themselves these days on a daily basis by repeating certain mantras: “I’ll never be able to do that” “I don’t know” “I’m so stupid” “I can’t do x” “It’s not my fault” “I don’t care” Each and every one of these are coping mechanisms designed to allow a person to […]



Help For Teens

Help Your Teen/Young Adult Rise Above Their Challenges

Here you are. At your wit’s end. Not knowing how to get your child to succeed. You know they have potential but they seemed hell-bound to self-sabotage. More interested in self-gratification or wallowing in self-pity to do something with their lives. What if there was a way to help them find their success in life. […]



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Why Real Life Coaching Is The Help Your Child Needs

There are so many parents of troubled teens who are at their wits end, not knowing how to deal with their children. Communication is an issue. Hygiene is an issue. Sleep is an issue. Video gaming and overuse of the Internet is an issue. Let’s face it, there’s a lot more of issues than anything […]



Troubled Teens, Unmotivated Young Adults and Hygiene

Tooth Brushing, Showers and Teens. Oh, My!

Once parents begin to see real changes in their teens, they take me aside and in a hushed voice they ask: “Do you think you could get him/her… to brush?” Brushing and showering are often the most daunting things to get young people to buy into on a regular basis these days. (Less so, once […]




Help For Teens And Young Adults

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A Life Coach’s Take on Nicole Arbour, Fat-Shaming and Bullying

Hello Nicole, You are not alone. There are lots of people who look like you. Lots of people. When they see someone like me who is overweight, they make judgments. When I am at my present weight (I have gained and lost Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body weight several times over during my 50 odd years) and […]



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Why We Should Mentor Millennials Suffering From Mental Illness

Do you know where you were when you heard that Robin Williams had died? I do. I felt like I had lost a family friend. Back in the day when TV meant something, Robin was a breath of fresh air, even on Happy Days. He even made the Fonz look cooler. Then there was Mork […]



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Millennials, Do This To Get the Most From Your Mentors

So here we are. A new school year. New clothes. New books. New gadgets, but most kids are walking in with exactly the same old labels. No. Not Calvin K. I’m talking about: ADHD; Depression; Anxiety, Slacker, Stoner etc. As a Mentor’s Mentor of Millenials I have a few suggestions to transform this year but… […]



Ken Rabow Shares Some Great Listening Skills for Troubled Teens and Young Adults

How to Con Your Parents Into Listening to You

Okay. Lock the door. Pull down the shades (do you have shades?) and cozy up to a truth every teen knows: Parents never really listen! You know that, your friends know that, that guy with the crazy hair down the street says his parents listen but he’s home schooled. So here’s the big question: How […]



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The Slacker’s Guide To Success – Step 7 – Follow Your Bliss!!!

The Slacker’s Guide to Success is Ken Rabow’s method based on his work with Troubled Teens and Millenials over the past 13 years. Here is an excerpt. Enjoy! What if you could do anything you wanted to with your life? What would you do? How would you be? How would you go about it? Who […]



Ken Rabow's Valentines Day Article

Finding The Confidence ……. To Find Love

As a life coach for troubled teens and unmotivated Millenials, I work with a lot of people with mental health issues ranging from anxiety to schizophrenia. What is really a great honor is to have people in their teens and 20’s trust me enough to share their deepest thoughts about their lives with me. Sometimes, […]



Ken Rabow talks about love, relationships and Millenials

Valentine’s Day, Romance and Millenials

From Romeo and Juliet to Pyramus and Thisbe and beyond, Millenials having been teeing off parents in their romantic choices for thousands of year. If this has been going on that long, what chance do we have in getting today’s Millenials to do any better? Let’s imagine the following to be true for a moment: […]



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Top 10 Tips for Successful Homework Habits

Why bother? I won’t need it in “real life”. This is the question heard over and over again in bedrooms, school hallways and principals waiting rooms for as long as there has been chalk. No one can tell you what will help you subject-wise in the future but the one thing I can guarantee you […]



Ken Rabow's The Slacker's Guide To Success

The Slacker’s Guide to Success – Introduction

The Slacker’s Guide to Success is Ken Rabow’s method based on his work with Troubled Teens and Millenials over the past 13 years. Here is an excerpt. Enjoy! An Introduction to The Slackers Guide to Success By Ken Rabow So, you know you’re brilliant. Your parents know you’re brilliant. Your dog thinks you’re amazing, then […]



Ken Rabow's Tips for Millenials and Boomers to get along

Boomers! Millenials! Do These 7 Things to Survive Each Other

Baby-boomers. You thought you had it all together, man! Like, you were totally prepared! The right retirement savings plan, paid off the house early, avoided Bernie Madoff and even had time to live a healthy enough lifestyle to enjoy your retirement but… The one thing you could never have planed for, the one thing that […]



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Millenials, Save Yourselves With These Do’s and Don’ts

So, everything you were told was a lie. You are not brilliant because you could play three strings on a guitar when you first picked it up. Your artwork really was just pieces of pasta, glue and paint… it wasn’t “just like Van Gogh”. It wasn’t the cutest thing when you first passed gas (or […]



Ken Rabow talks about communication problems for millenials and troubled teens

Communication, Millenials and The Curse of Social Media

So, my iPhone 5 went on the fritz. 🙁 I called AppleCare and got a really professional, organized, thoughtful millennial who helped me. We did a diagnostic on the phone and it was clear it was fried 🙁 🙁 🙁 He was so helpful that towards end I told him about what I do for […]



Unmotivated Millenials Partying Waaay to much!

University – What NOT to Do

All right. Check out the pic. Don’t you feel left out? Isn’t this what your secret dreams were of being on your own and making your own choices in University? Let’s go over imagining what these people are about and how they are doing. (fictionally, of course… I don’t really know any of them). Now, […]



Getting In The Race; Teens and Young Adults with Mental Health Issues by Ken Rabow

Forget the great start… just finish it.

There you are. At the starting line. The starter pistol cracks. All the others rush off and there you are… dead last. Starting slow, unsure of yourself and you don’t know if you’ll even make it. To make matters worse, you see all the other doing well and you ask yourself: “why?”. There is something […]



Mental Health Issues in Troubled Teens and Young Adults with Ken Rabow

Mental Health Issues in Teens and Young Adults

Facts About Mental Health In Our Youth According to the mental health commission of Canada, in any given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness. Only one in four children or youth who experience a mental health problem or illness report that they have sought and received services […]



Teenage Girl with Low Self-esteem

Lack of self-Esteem – The Two Sides

I have met with many young people who limit themselves on a daily basis by repeating certain mantras: “I don’t know” “I’m so stupid” “I’ll never be able to do that” “I can’t do x” “It’s not my fault” “I don’t care” Each and every one of these are coping mechanisms designed to allow a […]



Procrastinating Teen

Procrastination = perfectionism?

There are so many things that get in the way of a young person succeeding these days. But the last thing that they need to have get in their ways… is themselves. And get… That is exactly what so many people do. They stop themselves from succeeding before they get out of the gate… by […]



Helping troubled teens to Not fit in

Fitting In

Ken’s Thoughts On Fitting In… Don’t! nothing will be more valuable in your life than being “you”



Ken Rabow shares ways to help teens and young adults with anger issues

How Do I Deal With My ANGER!

Anger in troubled teens and young adults is a huge issue these days. Is it more than other generations? That’s really not the issue if you are someone who has major anger issues. The real question is “how do I feel with not being heard!!!” As in most things, anger issues are multi-factorial. Any one, […]



Helping Stoner Teens find A Way Out of Addiction

Substance Abuse – Pot Addiction

65% of the young clients I treat have “issues” with marijuana when I meet them. There may be others out there who do fine with marijuana but they don’t come to see me. The ones that I see have some or all of these factors playing on them at once: Procrastination problem Organizational issues Lack […]



Ken Rabow gives some tips in dealing with anxiety in teens and young adults

Anxiety – The Quiet Demon

4:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. My day off. I hear my cellphone (that I forgot to turn off during our family nap) make the sound it does when someone has left me a Skype text. It’s Victor (not his real name). An amazing guy. Brilliant. Funny. Some coping issues and he is texting through […]



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Creating The Perfect Job and Being Richly Rewarded For It

Don’t let the picture fool you. It don’t grow on trees. But great ideas do. Throw out all the things you were told about what is practical. Get rid of all the doubts you have about messing up. It’s in the messing up, trying things out and “going for it” that you will find your […]



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Wondering “Why Bother?” or How can this system help me?

Although there’s a chance that you are here at this site because one of your friends told you about it, the safer bet is that your parents suggested you check it out. Either way is OK with me. I have something to share with you. I have seen for myself with countless clients, that no […]




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Mentoring Young Adults to deal with internet addiction

The best way to deal with video game addictions in Millennials?.. Pinball!!

Parents these days have a great and real concern about video game addiction and internet addiction (including Facebook Addiction Disorder) by teens and young adults. As someone who mentors young adults, this is one of the major complaints from parents that I hear about on a weekly basis. Solutions? Addiction farms? (short term gain, long […]



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A Life Coach’s Take on Nicole Arbour, Fat-Shaming and Bullying

Hello Nicole, You are not alone. There are lots of people who look like you. Lots of people. When they see someone like me who is overweight, they make judgments. When I am at my present weight (I have gained and lost Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body weight several times over during my 50 odd years) and […]



The Long Spoon

Mentoring Millennials – The Difference Between Heaven and Hell

How do we Mentor Millennials and get them where they need to go? Start with where you are… So here we are. A new year has begun. Your Millennial is back in university and you are hoping that last year’s effort (best described as crap-tabulous) will not be repeated. Horrible marks. Terrible self-talk/self-image. Massive anxiety. […]



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Finding The Confidence ……. To Find Love

As a life coach for troubled teens and unmotivated Millenials, I work with a lot of people with mental health issues ranging from anxiety to schizophrenia. What is really a great honor is to have people in their teens and 20’s trust me enough to share their deepest thoughts about their lives with me. Sometimes, […]



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Time-Stealers: The Enemy of New Year’s Resolutions

The perfect New Year’s resolution — You found it! You made it! What could stop your desire to make it happen? What could challenge your resolve? Now meet your greatest challenge. The time-stealer. He (or she) is fun, charming, great to be with, someone you are happy to do things with, gets all your jokes, […]



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Why Do Some Teens Never Seem To Achieve Their Goals?

Have you ever heard someone say this? “Stop crying, it’s nothing!” or “Don’t worry, it isn’t a big deal that you (fill in the blank).” Or “What are you upset about? It isn’t as if you (fill in the blank).” What do these sayings, said over and over by well-meaning guardians, have to do with […]



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Sharing Your Old-Fashioned Passions With Your New-Aged Kids

  What if you could future-proof your child? Get him or her ready for a time when everything we know will have changed. Where practically all the jobs we now know of will be gone and will be replaced with jobs in fields we cannot even conceive of in today’s world. And what if I […]



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Ten Tips For Fostering Creativity In Your Children

If you are a parent today in the western world, you have joined a very special club. A club of parents cast adrift, drowning in self-doubt while dodging waves of pyscho-babble lurching at them from every direction. It’s easy to throw blame around but what is the main question we all want the answer? “How […]




Mentoring Millenials

Mentoring Young Adults to deal with internet addiction

The best way to deal with video game addictions in Millennials?.. Pinball!!

Parents these days have a great and real concern about video game addiction and internet addiction (including Facebook Addiction Disorder) by teens and young adults. As someone who mentors young adults, this is one of the major complaints from parents that I hear about on a weekly basis. Solutions? Addiction farms? (short term gain, long […]



The Long Spoon

Mentoring Millennials – The Difference Between Heaven and Hell

How do we Mentor Millennials and get them where they need to go? Start with where you are… So here we are. A new year has begun. Your Millennial is back in university and you are hoping that last year’s effort (best described as crap-tabulous) will not be repeated. Horrible marks. Terrible self-talk/self-image. Massive anxiety. […]



Parents' Mentoring

The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part I – Becoming the Perfect Mentor

Hello. My name is Ken Rabow. I am a life empowerment coach helping teens, young adults and their families find success is school, work, relationships and life in general. There have been countless young people who have made great changes for the better in their lives through mentoring. Changes where these young people were responsible […]



Robin Williams

Why We Should Mentor Millennials Suffering From Mental Illness

Do you know where you were when you heard that Robin Williams had died? I do. I felt like I had lost a family friend. Back in the day when TV meant something, Robin was a breath of fresh air, even on Happy Days. He even made the Fonz look cooler. Then there was Mork […]



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Sharing Your Old-Fashioned Passions With Your New-Aged Kids

  What if you could future-proof your child? Get him or her ready for a time when everything we know will have changed. Where practically all the jobs we now know of will be gone and will be replaced with jobs in fields we cannot even conceive of in today’s world. And what if I […]



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Ten Tips For Fostering Creativity In Your Children

If you are a parent today in the western world, you have joined a very special club. A club of parents cast adrift, drowning in self-doubt while dodging waves of pyscho-babble lurching at them from every direction. It’s easy to throw blame around but what is the main question we all want the answer? “How […]



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The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part II – The Entitlement Generation

It is in the future and the now that you must re-learn about your own children. This is the key to finding their way to success. To find that future we must first look at what makes this generation different. First we must ask ourselves: “Is it really different?” Didn’t every generation talk about how […]




Mentoring Teens

Parents' Mentoring

The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part I – Becoming the Perfect Mentor

Hello. My name is Ken Rabow. I am a life empowerment coach helping teens, young adults and their families find success is school, work, relationships and life in general. There have been countless young people who have made great changes for the better in their lives through mentoring. Changes where these young people were responsible […]



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Ten Tips For Fostering Creativity In Your Children

If you are a parent today in the western world, you have joined a very special club. A club of parents cast adrift, drowning in self-doubt while dodging waves of pyscho-babble lurching at them from every direction. It’s easy to throw blame around but what is the main question we all want the answer? “How […]



entitlement-teens

The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part II – The Entitlement Generation

It is in the future and the now that you must re-learn about your own children. This is the key to finding their way to success. To find that future we must first look at what makes this generation different. First we must ask ourselves: “Is it really different?” Didn’t every generation talk about how […]




Mentoring Young Adults

Parents' Mentoring

The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part I – Becoming the Perfect Mentor

Hello. My name is Ken Rabow. I am a life empowerment coach helping teens, young adults and their families find success is school, work, relationships and life in general. There have been countless young people who have made great changes for the better in their lives through mentoring. Changes where these young people were responsible […]



entitlement-teens

The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part II – The Entitlement Generation

It is in the future and the now that you must re-learn about your own children. This is the key to finding their way to success. To find that future we must first look at what makes this generation different. First we must ask ourselves: “Is it really different?” Didn’t every generation talk about how […]




Mentors Workbook

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Finding Meaningful Work After University

You studied hard, you learned so much, you earned your degree – and now what? In years past, a B.A. was the key to finding a good job. However, in today’s complex job market, your hard-earned degree may not open many doors. In fact, many university graduates find themselves serving coffee at Starbucks or working […]



Skype - The best way to life coach Millenials

Skype – The Best Place for Life Coaching Young Adults

The best place for life coaching young adults is the same place they spend most of their time watching videos, playing games, facebooking,and sometimes for a few moments studying. Yes. Their computer screens in their special lair; their bedrooms. The advantage is that once they start their life coaching sessions, they will have two hours […]




Podcasts

The Phone Call Every Parent Dreads

Seven Ways to Turn Around A Bad School Year

We always have the best of intentions when we start a new school year. The past is left in the past. New books. New teachers. New attitude (not really). And then the first inklings arrive that things are not going as we hoped they might. This is a situation Ken deals with on a regular […]



The Slacker's Guide To Success

The Slacker’s Guide To Success Podcast – Introduction

So, you know you’re brilliant, your parents know you’re brilliant and your dog thinks you’re amazing! Why then are so many things not working in your life? The opening lines of Ken Rabow’s book: “The Slacker’s Guide to Success”. If you want to know the system of real life coaching, get the book! But first… […]




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The Slacker’s Guide to Success – Introduction

The Slacker’s Guide to Success is Ken Rabow’s method based on his work with Troubled Teens and Millenials over the past 13 years. Here is an excerpt. Enjoy! An Introduction to The Slackers Guide to Success By Ken Rabow So, you know you’re brilliant. Your parents know you’re brilliant. Your dog thinks you’re amazing, then […]




The Mentor's Workbook

university degree

Finding Meaningful Work After University

You studied hard, you learned so much, you earned your degree – and now what? In years past, a B.A. was the key to finding a good job. However, in today’s complex job market, your hard-earned degree may not open many doors. In fact, many university graduates find themselves serving coffee at Starbucks or working […]



Parents' Mentoring

The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part I – Becoming the Perfect Mentor

Hello. My name is Ken Rabow. I am a life empowerment coach helping teens, young adults and their families find success is school, work, relationships and life in general. There have been countless young people who have made great changes for the better in their lives through mentoring. Changes where these young people were responsible […]



Robin Williams

Why We Should Mentor Millennials Suffering From Mental Illness

Do you know where you were when you heard that Robin Williams had died? I do. I felt like I had lost a family friend. Back in the day when TV meant something, Robin was a breath of fresh air, even on Happy Days. He even made the Fonz look cooler. Then there was Mork […]



Skype - The best way to life coach Millenials

Skype – The Best Place for Life Coaching Young Adults

The best place for life coaching young adults is the same place they spend most of their time watching videos, playing games, facebooking,and sometimes for a few moments studying. Yes. Their computer screens in their special lair; their bedrooms. The advantage is that once they start their life coaching sessions, they will have two hours […]



Ken Rabow's 365 Mentoring Moments

365 Mentoring Moments

As a Life Empowerment Coach/Mentor, my job is to help young people find their personal success when they have only had people focus on what was “wrong” with them in the past. 365 Mentoring moments is a companion daily exercise to the 1 Minute Meditations, based on the same weekly form and connected to my […]



One Minute Meditations from Real Life Coaching.ca

1 Minute Meditations

Life is hectic (big shock, I know) If we can stop for even one moment a day and focus on something greater than our “to-do” list, we can start to let our best nature have a chance to flow into every aspect of our lives. One minute meditations are based on a weekly plan. Each […]



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Sharing Your Old-Fashioned Passions With Your New-Aged Kids

  What if you could future-proof your child? Get him or her ready for a time when everything we know will have changed. Where practically all the jobs we now know of will be gone and will be replaced with jobs in fields we cannot even conceive of in today’s world. And what if I […]



entitlement-teens

The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part II – The Entitlement Generation

It is in the future and the now that you must re-learn about your own children. This is the key to finding their way to success. To find that future we must first look at what makes this generation different. First we must ask ourselves: “Is it really different?” Didn’t every generation talk about how […]



Ken Rabow's Mentor Credo

The Mentor’s Credo

The Mentor’s Workbook is a complete program to help young people find their success in today’s world. The work is based on the mentoring I have done with young clients since 2001, helping people who felt unable to succeed find their personal power. To start the mentor’s workbook, I recommend beginning with the information below. […]




Topic: Mental Health

Robin Williams

Why We Should Mentor Millennials Suffering From Mental Illness

Do you know where you were when you heard that Robin Williams had died? I do. I felt like I had lost a family friend. Back in the day when TV meant something, Robin was a breath of fresh air, even on Happy Days. He even made the Fonz look cooler. Then there was Mork […]



Basketball, Autism and Deception

Basketball, Autism ……… and Deception

As a life coach for teens and young adults, I work with all sorts of people in their teens and twenties. I learn from all of them. One of my most powerful learning lessons came from a 13 year old client with Autism, who allowed me to see the dangers of people in power trying […]



Ken Rabow gives some tips in dealing with anxiety in teens and young adults

Anxiety – The Quiet Demon

4:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. My day off. I hear my cellphone (that I forgot to turn off during our family nap) make the sound it does when someone has left me a Skype text. It’s Victor (not his real name). An amazing guy. Brilliant. Funny. Some coping issues and he is texting through […]



Schizophrenia-Teens

Schizophrenia in Teens and Young Adults

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Teen-Depression

Depression



Organizing Troubled Teens

Tips for Teens with Bad Study Habits

For the students: So, you’ve been hoping and buying into “the dream” that somehow, by keeping your science book under your pillow, it will all seep in. Or maybe, they will have some information on the Peloponnesian wars on the Family Guy marathon. How about, “I study best under pressure”? Or that tried and true […]



teenage phobias

Phobias – Fear of Fear Itself

So many young people come to me these days with different levels of fears. The effect of these fears range from stopping them from succeeding all the way up to almost complete debilitation. These are some of the fears I come across in trouble teens and young adults on a regular basis: Fear of failure; […]




Topic: Millenials

Ken Rabow gives some tips in dealing with anxiety in teens and young adults

Anxiety – The Quiet Demon

4:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. My day off. I hear my cellphone (that I forgot to turn off during our family nap) make the sound it does when someone has left me a Skype text. It’s Victor (not his real name). An amazing guy. Brilliant. Funny. Some coping issues and he is texting through […]



entitlement-teens

The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part II – The Entitlement Generation

It is in the future and the now that you must re-learn about your own children. This is the key to finding their way to success. To find that future we must first look at what makes this generation different. First we must ask ourselves: “Is it really different?” Didn’t every generation talk about how […]



Organizing Troubled Teens

Tips for Teens with Bad Study Habits

For the students: So, you’ve been hoping and buying into “the dream” that somehow, by keeping your science book under your pillow, it will all seep in. Or maybe, they will have some information on the Peloponnesian wars on the Family Guy marathon. How about, “I study best under pressure”? Or that tried and true […]




Topic: Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia-Teens

Schizophrenia in Teens and Young Adults

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat […]




Topic: Self-Esteem

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Why Do Some Teens Never Seem To Achieve Their Goals?

Have you ever heard someone say this? “Stop crying, it’s nothing!” or “Don’t worry, it isn’t a big deal that you (fill in the blank).” Or “What are you upset about? It isn’t as if you (fill in the blank).” What do these sayings, said over and over by well-meaning guardians, have to do with […]



Teen-Depression

Depression



Organizing Troubled Teens

Tips for Teens with Bad Study Habits

For the students: So, you’ve been hoping and buying into “the dream” that somehow, by keeping your science book under your pillow, it will all seep in. Or maybe, they will have some information on the Peloponnesian wars on the Family Guy marathon. How about, “I study best under pressure”? Or that tried and true […]




Topic: Troubled Teens

Ken Rabow gives some tips in dealing with anxiety in teens and young adults

Anxiety – The Quiet Demon

4:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. My day off. I hear my cellphone (that I forgot to turn off during our family nap) make the sound it does when someone has left me a Skype text. It’s Victor (not his real name). An amazing guy. Brilliant. Funny. Some coping issues and he is texting through […]



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Why Do Some Teens Never Seem To Achieve Their Goals?

Have you ever heard someone say this? “Stop crying, it’s nothing!” or “Don’t worry, it isn’t a big deal that you (fill in the blank).” Or “What are you upset about? It isn’t as if you (fill in the blank).” What do these sayings, said over and over by well-meaning guardians, have to do with […]



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Sharing Your Old-Fashioned Passions With Your New-Aged Kids

  What if you could future-proof your child? Get him or her ready for a time when everything we know will have changed. Where practically all the jobs we now know of will be gone and will be replaced with jobs in fields we cannot even conceive of in today’s world. And what if I […]



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Ten Tips For Fostering Creativity In Your Children

If you are a parent today in the western world, you have joined a very special club. A club of parents cast adrift, drowning in self-doubt while dodging waves of pyscho-babble lurching at them from every direction. It’s easy to throw blame around but what is the main question we all want the answer? “How […]



entitlement-teens

The Mentor’s Workbook: Introduction Part II – The Entitlement Generation

It is in the future and the now that you must re-learn about your own children. This is the key to finding their way to success. To find that future we must first look at what makes this generation different. First we must ask ourselves: “Is it really different?” Didn’t every generation talk about how […]



Teen-Depression

Depression



Organizing Troubled Teens

Tips for Teens with Bad Study Habits

For the students: So, you’ve been hoping and buying into “the dream” that somehow, by keeping your science book under your pillow, it will all seep in. Or maybe, they will have some information on the Peloponnesian wars on the Family Guy marathon. How about, “I study best under pressure”? Or that tried and true […]



teenage phobias

Phobias – Fear of Fear Itself

So many young people come to me these days with different levels of fears. The effect of these fears range from stopping them from succeeding all the way up to almost complete debilitation. These are some of the fears I come across in trouble teens and young adults on a regular basis: Fear of failure; […]




Topic: Unmotivated Young Adults

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Why Do Some Teens Never Seem To Achieve Their Goals?

Have you ever heard someone say this? “Stop crying, it’s nothing!” or “Don’t worry, it isn’t a big deal that you (fill in the blank).” Or “What are you upset about? It isn’t as if you (fill in the blank).” What do these sayings, said over and over by well-meaning guardians, have to do with […]



Teen-Depression

Depression



Organizing Troubled Teens

Tips for Teens with Bad Study Habits

For the students: So, you’ve been hoping and buying into “the dream” that somehow, by keeping your science book under your pillow, it will all seep in. Or maybe, they will have some information on the Peloponnesian wars on the Family Guy marathon. How about, “I study best under pressure”? Or that tried and true […]



teenage phobias

Phobias – Fear of Fear Itself

So many young people come to me these days with different levels of fears. The effect of these fears range from stopping them from succeeding all the way up to almost complete debilitation. These are some of the fears I come across in trouble teens and young adults on a regular basis: Fear of failure; […]




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Life Coaching Autistic Teens

Mentoring Autistic Teens – Path to Greatness

As a Mentor for teens with Autism and their families, I am struck with the level of trust, humility and indomitable spirit that I see in these families weekly on their paths to rising above others limitations of them. I would like to share one story with you from one of my clients and his […]



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