What Great Parents Say to Their Teenagers

  1. What do you think?
  2. How can I help you make this better?
  3. I have complete faith in you.
  4. Sorry, that was my fault.
  5. What did we learn from this that we can learn next time?
  6. I value your contribution.
  7. I welcome your input.
  8. You’ve done a great job this week!
  9. How could we do this even better?
  10. Thank you.

Parents, know that our children will make mistakes. It’s not a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when.”

It’s vital that we stay involved! When they fail, we have to make sure we are there for them with the appropriate response and consequence. They need us!

If we treat our children with regard and respect, sooner or later (probably later), they will respond with respectful and mature behavior.

God Bless.

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more tips and insight, follow him on instagram @instagram.com/mauriceguestjr


Listening with an Open Mind and a Closed Mouth.

All to often, we listen with the intent to disprove or come up with a “come back.” Therefore, we never fully grasp what the other person, the world, or God is trying to tell us.

Practice listening without countering.

Practice listening with an open mind and a closed mouth.

Practice listening with the intent to fully understand.


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

You Are a Leader. (Whether You Like it or Not)

Sometimes leadership chooses you, leaving you with no choice but to lead. There are family members, friends, co-workers who look up to you. They admire you and think you really have it together. They examine the details of your life – how you speak, how you dress, the way you carry yourself, where you go, how hard you work…

You are their role model. They look to you as an example, and they never asked for your permission! Just the same, you didn’t ask for their admiration. You didn’t ask them to follow your lead. Sometimes, leadership chooses you.

This is an awesome responsibility! Therefore, you must be careful of what you say. You have to be careful of your actions.

You must make good choices. You must stay on the right path. For if you venture down the wrong path, your followers may follow.

And if they falter or destroy themselves, it will be your fault!

Live wisely. Live with ambition. Live well. You are a leader, whether you like it or not.


Note to Student #6: You Were Not Born to be Mediocre.


Don’t be like most of us. Most of us give up on our dreams. Most of us learn to accept defeat without putting up much of a fight. Most of us are cool with being average.

Dont be like us.

You are not here to be average. You are not here to merely survive. Student, you were not brought into this world to be mediocre.

You are here to achieve greatness.

Get to work. We need you to do the work that you were put on this planet to do. We need you to become who you are meant to become.


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Bridge

There is a map.

And on this map are two points: Point A and Point B.

In between Point A and Point B, is a wide and treacherous river. This river is filled with alligators, crocodiles, snakes, piranhas, robbers, killers, thieves, drug dealers, triflin men, triflin women, fast men and fast women.

It’s our job and God given responsibility to cross this river!

We have to get from where we are right now – which is Point A, to where we are destined to reside – which is Point B!

But here’s the million dollar question:

How do we get from Point A to Point B, and how do we cross this river without falling prey to the predators that feed within it?

Answer: We need a bridge. And that bridge is referred to as self-discipline.

I challenge us all to start building our bridge today!


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Note to Student #4: $TEM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)


As of August 2016, half of all high-paying jobs in America require at least some computer coding knowledge or skill.

“High paying” is defined by an annual income of $60,000 or more. If terms like SQL, Python, and Javascript aren’t familiar to you, then half of all U.S. companies will not be interested in hiring you.

Just something you should think about the next time you’re chilling on social media, watching TV, or playing video games.

Why not teach yourself to code. Khan Academy has a free course and it’s the real deal. 

Your future matters. Learn.


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Note to Student #2: You are the Company You Keep


If your friends drink, eventually you will begin to drink. If you are friends with smokers, you will become a smoker. If you hang out with robbers, thieves, pill heads and otherwise trifling people, you too will become trifling.

Just the same, if you hang out with friends who are focused on school, you too, will focus more on school. If your friends spend their evenings studying, you will find yourself studying more. If your friends strive for excellence, you will begin to expect excellence from yourself, too.

Please be intentional about who you choose to be friends with, for you are the company you keep.


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.