Does parenting your teen feel harder
than you thought it would?
Wish you knew what to say or do
to make them feel better?
Wonder how other parents are
handling similar things?
I feel for you and want to help.
I imagine that we share this deep desire: that our children grow up to be happy, healthy, confident, successful, caring, well-liked and well-loved, and full of the unique character and strengths they were born with.
You may also have shared one of my worst experiences: when my two kids hit adolescence, forces beyond my control seemed to drain them of their childhood joy and wonder and replace them with insecurity and unhappiness.
Heartbreaking, right? And frustrating, too, when our love and reassurance didn’t help ‘make things better’ like they had before.
When this happened in our family, I pivoted from my corporate coaching and team-building practice and started exploring all the ways in which the tools and insights from strengths-based personal development could benefit ‘tweens and teenagers. There was, I thought, no group of people who could use this help more than them. And while there were plenty of business coaches in the world, there were very few dedicated to children, adolescents and families.
Since that time nearly ten years ago, I have …
Worked with hundreds of
‘tweens, teens and children ….
… coached and taught parents,
teachers and entire schools
… and helped my own kids get through their teens with their bodies, their spirits and our love intact.
Here are the three most valuable things I’ve learned,
and how they can help you and your family.
The best way to stay connected and be a positive influence is to see and respect our kids for who they really are. How we talk and listen to them makes all the difference in the world.
The best way to empower children is to show them who they are at their very best on the inside. Knowing their character strengths is a wonderful way to do this.
There really are forces beyond our control affecting how teenagers feel about themselves. Understanding these (including fascinating changes in the adolescent brain) can help us be far more compassionate and supportive.