Building life skills for now, college, and beyond. So much stress can be created because teens feel overwhelmed by their academic workload and other demands while their brains are not yet developmentally equipped with the executive functions for the time-management required to succeed in today’s high school environment. A scholar of Aristotle, particularly his treatises on ethics, which she taught at the university level, Dr. M sees time management as a skill that needs to be patiently taught through repetition, just like learning to ride a bike, throw a pitch, play the piano, or be a good person. It takes practice. And it is understandable that parents may not have patience or time to work with teens in this painstaking but proven way. That’s where Blue Stars comes in. We teach students how to build time-management systems that work for them, and we troubleshoot with them as they stumble through their “training-wheel stage.” As they advance, Blue Stars students become productive, calm, and mature. By the time they apply to college, they, too, are amazed at how much they’ve accomplished over the years.