Navigating high school is not all fun and games.
Teens in high school spend a lot of time and energy meeting the expectations of teachers, the school, the college application process, their families, and friends.
Meeting those expectations feels overwhelming because, at the same time, there’s lots of information bombarding them, emotions bubbling, and just plain growing pains happening.
You can’t take them out of the situation or tell them they don’t have to go to school.
Dealing with all this is part of the growing-up process – and it’s uncomfortable.
Look at it from your child’s perspective.
Parents, it’s time to meet your child where they are.
Your child needs help to find their purpose, and you can show them how to take the steps toward becoming the best person they can be throughout high school, college, and beyond.
Here’s what is going on in your child’s world.
“I finally understand why my mom’s been nagging me since middle school to write things down. There’s too much stuff going on! I can’t keep it all in my brain! I’m tired of always playing catch-up. It’s useless to try.”
My coaching helps your child accomplish these tasks and adds luster to you as their parent. Locking horns with your child can become a daily frustration that sucks all the air out of the room and leaves you both sad and angry with one another.
Teens in high school feel pressure to get “it” right.
With COVID came a lot of frustration for students and teachers.
Many students said –
“Virtual school was hard. Most of my friends slept in and didn’t care if they missed classes. Some of them never turned on their screens. This frustrated our teachers; some of them sounded depressed.”
“I hate raising my hand in class because I feel clueless about talking to adults.”
“It was a lost year, and now I must start acting like it’s normal again – but it’s not.”
Adults have struggled to figure out how to get “going to school” right. Clients have described teachers leaving them alone in break-out rooms, ignored by teachers trying to engage others, and unsure about schoolwork expectations – no one is at fault.
You know your teen’s look when they’re listening but not comprehending. There’s a lot at stake for them. At this time, their confidence is falling away under their feet.
Learning how to adapt to a system that doesn’t do that is a huge advantage for your teen.
Coaching can help your teen learn how to adapt.
While working with your teen, I start with a conversation about their daily life. This conversation involves no judgment, just the facts. Our work is action-oriented, although we do acknowledge the impact of emotions.
Young people are creative and resilient, especially if they have a seat at the table as part of the decision-making process. I help my clients know how to be organized and communicate effectively with adults as a foundation for taking the next steps to be the best people they can be.
Adolescence passes by quickly.
Imagine envisioning your teen happily on their own at college or in a new job. It’s not perfect. What you notice most is how they have their plan and quiet confidence as they navigate those inevitable bumps in the road.
It’s natural for my clients to become more engaged in high school, feel confident, and think about their post-graduation plans increasingly based on their own “why.”
We co-create a measurable plan that moves with them. Let’s start now teaching your teen how to adapt!