TRIVE Goal Setting and Team Building Review


Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

Often I review brands and products with which we are already somewhat familiar. Even if I have never used the product, I have generally heard about the company or know someone that uses that curriculum. However, this month we were able to try out a product that was totally new to me: TRIVE.


What is TRIVE?

TRIVE is a goal-setting and team-building program designed for teens and adults. The recommended ages are 15+, though we included my fourteen-year-old daughter with no problems.

The program is built around a group of people (or a TRIVE) who set goals and hold each other accountable. During the first meeting, there is a fun quote game that helps bring people together and facilitates sharing goals. Each person comes to the meeting with three goals they want to accomplish during a six-month period.

The goals are shared, and each person is assigned a coach and someone they will coach throughout the process. Then each person works on their goals during the six months. Coaches are supposed to check in on the person they were assigned periodically.

There are also emails sent from TRIVE every few weeks to help you in the process.

At the end of six months, the whole group comes back together to discuss and assess their goal progress. There are scoring cards to score how well people did on their goals and how they performed as a coach.

How Did Our Family Use TRIVE?

Our TRIVE of four (the minimum number needed) included my husband, two teens, and myself. We all gathered together one night after the little boys had gone to bed and set our goals. I appreciate the opportunity to do something that focused on my teens and helped bring us closer.


During the meeting, my daughter was chosen to be the TRIVE leader. It is her responsibility to keep track of the goals and assignments. She readily took on that assignment and was excited about trying.

We have been trying to connect with our coaches weekly to discuss progress and make any needed changes.

We have a date set in our google calendar to gather together six months from the start date to score the achievements.

What Did the Teens Think?

“The TRIVE program seems like a good program. My favorite part was the game that we used to start the team building, and it helped get us more in the mood for the more serious part about discussing our goals and picking partners. I like getting emails with the dates and information to help keep me reminded of my goals; however, more regular emails would help me complete and be more effective at my goals”

Matthew, age 15

“I like TRIVE because I am competitive and know that if I do everything I can to complete my goals, I have a higher chance of winning, which encourages me to work toward my goals. Six months is a reasonable amount of time to work on our goals. It has us meet at the very beginning and the very end, and I think that maybe we should have a meeting perhaps every month to keep connected and maybe use more of the quote cards to earn points or have some activities to do.” Elizabeth, age 14


Overall, I loved having another way to connect with my teens. I feel like it is a great program and even something we could continue as they move away to college. I am interested to see how things go when we get back together to score the achievements in a few months.

This program was fairly simple to implement and could work well for family units, friend groups, or co-workers.

Be sure to check out the other Crew Reviews of  TRIVE by clicking on the graphic below.


Under the Stars: Connecting with Your Teens

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The Review Crew is talking about “Under the Stars” this week. My first thought was of course to talk about astronomy or space, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to go a different direction.

I want to talk to you today about connecting with your teens. As my children have gotten older, life seems to have gotten even busier. I have to make a conscious effort to connect with my children.

What does that have to do with under the stars?

 I have found that often the best time to connect with my teens is at night. As they slow down after a long day, they seem to be more ready to talk and open up.

Since we have four children, ranging in age from 15 to 3, night time is also a time when the younger boys are in bed and I can spend more focused time on the teens.

How Do I Connect

First, we love reading together. Sometimes this is me or my husband reading aloud. Other times, we all read the same book on our own time and then use our time together to discuss the book. This might be a non-fiction book like Do Hard Things or it might be a fun novel like when I read the Christy Miller series with my daughter.

Sometimes, it is just a time with special snacks. By special I do not meal expensive or complicated. Just something they enjoy that you can have together while you chat. For example, my son loves root beer floats. Simply scoop the vanilla ice cream into a glass and top with root beer.

If you live in a place where it is safe to walk at night, that can be a lot of fun with teens. You can walk, talk, and look at the stars. Sometimes the act of walking and being side by side and not looking at each other can make your teens feel more comfortable opening up.

Explore a new hobby together. We all have different interests and hobbies, but finding something that you can do together is a great way to connect.  My daughter and husband both sew and create our historical costumes. My son joined the Continental Line Unit of our local historical site with my husband and it is a great way for them to connect.

Listen, Listen, Listen: No matter how you are spending your time with them, make sure to focus on listening. Often what they have to say may seem trivial to us, but it is important to them.  When we take the time to listen to those things, it encourages them to tell us when there are important or difficult things going on in their lives.

What About Stars?

If you were really hoping for information about stars and astronomy, I have to recommend that you check out Journey Homeschool Academy.  They have a fun free summer stargazing course and they also offer full astronomy course for elementary and high school level students. As a bonus to my readers you can use the code: SWAG from July 15th-21st to get 10% any of their courses.

Check out the other Under the Stars Posts by clicking on the graphic below.

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