Children today have a list of demands they find themselves dealing with, they have to manage expectations of their parents, teachers, friends, succeeding with their hobbies, personal development, their health, and simply having to make sense of the world around them.
As parents we want to see our children succeed and not struggle, life coaching offers so much from advice, guidance and support them through difficult transitions from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.
It is rare that we consider the concepts of goal setting for our kids, but why not? It is not about putting pressure on our children to make difficult decisions for their future, but rather about encouraging them to be curious about what life might look like for them.
For young children coaching can help begin to develop some of the personal skills that will aid them as they get older, e.g.:
- Creative problem solving.
- Overcome failure.
- Open approach to new ideas and challenges.
Life coaching for children offers lots of benefits as it helps them develop life skills and attributes that will enable them to work through and overcome some of life’s tougher challenges and decisions. Coaching is not a quick fix or win, but a focus on continual development over time.
Coaching helps kids understand that winning is great, but it is not the only measure of success or way to feel happy.
Often kids go through a rollercoaster of emotions during a day, whatever is happening in their life, how tired they feel or even if their juice was served in the wrong colour cup. Life coaching can help you and your child explore why emotions arose and separate them from their experiences. This is particularly beneficial if they get a low grade or lose a competition. It helps them to understand why they are feeling sad because they did not do as well as the hoped and that it is fine as the one experience does not define who they are.
Coaching help to build balance and curiosity, when a kid shows a knack for something, they get caught up and focus on that one thing, whether it is football, baseball, musical or any other hobby. Something to always remember is that children take their cues from parents and often they will go along with this. Life coaching encourages balance while ensuring affinity to a particular thing, having multiple interests and curiosity to explore new areas that would be more beneficial in the long run.
It is good for kids to understand that everyone is different and by not pigeonholing them to be interested in just one thing, of maybe even things that we as parents are interested in, allows kids to develop a greater understanding for the wide remit of passions and interests that exist and they learn that there are no right or wrong things to enjoy or ways to be happy.
The amazing thing about life coaching for kids are that they learn what really makes them feel happy and that it is about trying their best, working hard, and overcoming hurdles when they arise. Coaching provides a set of tools and techniques to help shape good habits and attributes in fun positive ways.