Youth Coaching

Youth Coaching/Mentoring

There are a growing number of our tweens, teens and early year college students who are displaying signs of anxiety, due in part to excessive stress and pressures.  These stressors and pressures range from school work to and grades to peer actions/activities and personal expectations.  They are mostly put upon them by peers, themselves, their teachers and in some cases their parents.  Helping our children gain the skills to navigate under these conditions and giving them the tools to manage their anxiety is crucial to their well being, self confidence, self esteem and development as they prepare to enter into the real world.  By having an unbiased and emotionally unattached sounding board to share their biggest fears and challenges with they are able to release some of this weight.  In addition we will make goals and create action steps to begin to help them gain control of their emotions and their lives.

Top 12 Parental Complaints about Kids:

Phone Usage (texting/Facebook).
Homework/school issues (lack of focus/interest).
Checking in about where they are, when they will be home.
Keeping a clean room.
Helping out around the house (chores).
Music volume.
Poor nutrition choices.
Choice in friends.
Spending activities.
Moody/Angry/ Bad attitude.
Talking back/being disrespectful.
React too emotionally.
Bad language.

Top 12  Kids Complaints about Parents:

Not allowed to pick my own clothes.
Treated like a baby.
Criticized for everything I do.
Parents showing favoritism to siblings.
Argue with everything I say.
Don't understand my generation's culture.
Don't keep promises.
Have double standards.
Embarrass me in front of others.
Ask too many questions.
Give me no privacy.
Yell/ get frustrated too much.
Are quick to judge.
Don't take to time to explain ("because I said")

This Coaching is designed to develop clearer communication between you and your child with less emotional charge.  This work is meant to bring you closer together by fully understanding each other and learning how to really listen to one another.  We begin with a session with you, the parent.  This session is so that I can get a clear and honest picture of what you perceive as the trouble areas and to find out what your goals and hopes are for the outcome of this work.  Then there is a private session with your youth so that I can get an uncensored version of what their struggles are and what they hope to accomplish with this work.  Finally there is a shared session where we begin to bridge the gap and start to use new tools to communicate. This is a process that both parent and child must be interested in working on together. 
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