Working with teens has many challenges.
Working with high school students can be a soul-sucking experience. For goodness sakes, you’re trying to teach them how to be independent amidst hormonal changes, lack of social skills, and getting bombarded by their and others’ expectations daily.
Of my many memories of teens, a great story is about the class valedictorian, who was well-loved by faculty and students and accepted by Ivy League college, stumbling drunkenly into a high school dance, and falling face first in front of parent and faculty chaperones. Wow, a lot was going on there.
As an adult, I felt appalled. As a coach, I’m dancing a jig because this is a moment rich with opportunity for everyone concerned, including the adults, teens, and their groups of friends.
In case you haven’t had the chance to read or hear about teens, there are many cases of anxiety and depression in that group.
Mental health issues are broad and deep, and many situations need therapy. I’m a solid choice to support a student as they work through many of their roadblocks with a therapist.
There are better ways to help teens.
You can help the students you work with daily to thrive by being a model for better care of yourself. This self-care allows you to change from soul-sucking to soul-expanding. Growth of any kind is uncomfortable.
The deadlines and progress measures aren’t going away. Therefore, your deeper connection with the students you work with will fill your energy tank. No matter the progress optics, you’ll realize you work with only winners – starting with yourself.
Making progress is hard to recognize when you focus on all the problems. Your perspective gets out of joint. It’s powerful when you realize there’s an overall upward trajectory, and you’ve broken the daily overwhelm into manageable steps.
Working with me starts by removing that 1,000-pound weight from your shoulders.
Let’s get to work on thriving – not just surviving.
I want to help professionals work smarter and feel more confident when they work with teens currently in high school and heading toward college. Like with my younger clients, I meet professionals where they are. There’s no value in empty promises because it’s about acknowledging what works and making manageable changes.
When I need to renovate a space in my home, I prefer to work with a designer because I want to safeguard the essence of what makes it my home while reframing how it looks.
Working with teens is not about convincing them to use a daily planner; it’s about helping them see the benefit to them of organizing their lives and thinking about what they want their life to be every day.
When I coach others who share my passion for working with teens and young adults, I want to safeguard who they are as people while improving how they do the work they do.
It begins with a conversation to see where you are, what’s working, and how you can shine with what you do.