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How to Build a Resume That Stands Out Visually To Help Your Teen Land Their First Job

Creating a captivating resume that sparkles bright enough to catch an employer's attention is an art on its own terms.


With the ramp up pressure kids experience at school and the need to sign up to too many extracurricular activities, it’s no surprise how the number of teens employed have been declining over the past decades.
There are many benefits (and risks) of adolescent employment. The decision to allow your teen to have an after school job should be a well thought-out family decision based on how well they can manage responsibilities, time management and money.


But if your teen is ready to take the plunge the first thing they need to figure out is how to build a resume that stands out even if they don’t have any work experience.


But where to start? How do can you create a snapshot of your ambitions, show your strengths and interests and captive an employers attention?
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What’s in The Lunch Box Today?



Now that school is back in full swing is time to unleash your inner chef on, and start planning healthy school lunches that are balanced, healthy, and strong 4 life.

Yesterday, my youngest came home from school saying how much he enjoyed bringing his own lunch to school. "Mom, the lines at the cafeteria are so long. I loved not having to get in line and eat what you make me." 

When I asked him what did the school served for lunch that day he answered: "Oh you know, the usual. That weird piece of meat that they say it's chicken. It's disgusting." 

I swear, I had to contained myself and try not to laugh. This was the same "meat" he used to loved to eat when he was younger.

It's funny how schools always try to blame parents for how bad our children eating habits are, when the reality is that they are the ones to blame.

I would serve healthy meals at home and my kids would not touch them because they were used to eat pizza, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches at school.

When I realized this was the reason why my children preferred junk food over a home-cooked meal, I knew something had to change. Unless I regained control of what they eat for lunch, we were going down a path of childhood obesity, and unhealthy eating habits.

I am not going to lie, the transition was difficult for everyone, including myself. My mornings became more hectic, as I now had to make two breakfasts and two school lunches, all within 45 minutes. But, as we took this commitment more serious we realized it was not as bad as we thought. You would be amazed how many things I can cook in 20 minutes ;)

GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD A LA BLUEBIRD PATCH

Ingredients
  • Chicken breast
  • Spring salad mix
  • Yellow peppers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Toasted (chopped) pecans
  • Seedless grapes
  • Feta cheese
  • Wish-BoneSalad Spritzers Balsamic Breeze


Season chicken with salt and pepper and grill it over medium heat. You can always use the skillet and cook it with extra virgin olive oil.  Mix together the spring mix, diced yellow peppers, grape tomatoes and seedless grapes. Spray salad with the spritzer and top it with the grilled chicken and feta cheese.

This is a kid friendly salad. I personally loved adding kalamata olives, cucumbers and red onions but since it's for the kids I try to keep the flavors simple and clean if I want them to eat it. Research has found that parents’ food preferences are linked to their children's food preferences. Familiarity with foods is key, as a child may need up to be exposed to new foods more than 10 times before they try it.
 

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