All parents want what’s best for their children.
Conveying confidence is essential to success; as a parent, this is something you want to instill in your teen. You want them to speak confidently, ask great questions, be polished and put together – and not look awkward or disinterested.
It’s normal for a parent to feel proud and want to support and guide their teen to make the right choices.
Be responsible! That’s what you want for your teen. But then, you find yourself filling in the answers and asking questions on college tours. You’re their biggest supporter, ensuring they’re not late for school and bringing their lunch or homework when they’ve forgotten it.
You hope, no, you know they appreciate all you do for them, but they aren’t big talkers and feel too tired to bother.
Being irresponsible has consequences.
Life has taught you how important those first few days are at a new job.
You can get lost, show up late, or mix up people’s names, but it’s all forgiven because you’re new.
Alternatively, you can go in prepared and wow people because you were indispensable from the beginning.
Clearly, the latter choice shows more responsibility. How do you convey this to your teen?
COVID caused life to get off track.
Each parent has a personal story about how COVID changed their teen’s life.
“My daughter looked forward to going to the 9th grade at a new school, but COVID drained the opportunities for making new friends and meeting new teachers. Now, she’s not a 9th grader and never had the chance to become one. She talks about getting the school day over. I haven’t met anyone, so I don’t know how to help.”
It was going fine until it wasn’t. If you’re the parent of a late bloomer, you were waiting until things fell into place. Then, the unexpected switch to virtual school felt like the rug got pulled out from under you and your teen, and the life both of you expected got off track.
A few months have turned into a couple of years, and you are still trying to get the train on track.
The time to get on track is now.
Your junior is ready to look at colleges. How could that be? Their goal for a high school experience and finding the right college had some jostling; now, things are not running as smoothly as hoped.
Unfortunately, you and your teen feel stressed about navigating current and future challenges.
Having a coach to help guide you as you try to help your teen sounds like a great idea. With a coach, you can learn how to process your teen’s experience and help them make the right decisions. As a coach, I can help parents as they strive to help their teens.
Parents, it’s not just about top-name schools; it’s about helping your son or daughter get their bearings and start being excited again.
Let’s work together to make that happen.