Everyone knows the stigma placed on counseling, therapy, and or psychiatric care. Imagine being a child and your parent's telling you that you need counseling or therapy. Their first thought would most likely be "What is wrong with me?" and the seed of doubting themselves is planted. Don't get me wrong, I am 100% for counseling and even seeing a psychiatrist when/if needed, but if my parent's told me as a child I needed one or they made me an appointment I would start thinking they thought I wasn't good enough or messed up and my self-esteem would take a huge blow. Our children look up to us and they want us to see the best in them, especially when the world is tearing them apart everywhere they turn.
How often do we expect our children to do what they're expected to do without argument? And then we without realizing it expect our children to just know how to behave, how to react, how to be respectful, and the list goes on and on. However, many times what we're missing without intention is our children are learning. They don't grow up knowing how to communicate, how to reason appropriately, how to share, how to be respectful, etc. We want these things from our children and we expect them to do it because it's the right way of doing things.
If you take a look at your own life when you're wanting to learn something new you do research on the topic, take classes, ask your friends/colleges, watch tutorials, or read a book. Just because you know it's something you want to do doesn't mean you automatically know how to achieve it without making yourself knowledgeable. And even then it takes practice and sometimes going back over the materials. So why do we expect so much out of our children when they're learning SO much, so fast, and in our stressful moments of life we're expecting perfection.
Life coaching for children is not therapy or counseling, it's simply setting aside an hour each week for four weeks to work on certain topics; anger management, communication, obedience, kindness, manners, conflict resolution, sibling rivalry, etc. Each stage of your child's life has so many new things to learn and goals to achieve and this is where life coaching can be beneficial. Depending on the age of your child and the season of life they're in life coaching works on setting goals with your child and encouraging them to achieve these goals.
For example; Your 6-year old argues with you every time you tell him/her to do something. In their life coaching session they would be taught how to respond respectfully, obey quickly, completely, and how to cope with their anger in stressful situations. It's difficult to teach your children in the midst of the situation because they're upset and only thinking of the issue at hand, however, if they're prepared before hand they will know how to react because they will have been given the tools to do so.
Parenting is one of the most rewarding and yet challenging things we'll ever do in life and life is busy and usually when we see an area that needs to be addressed in our child is in the midst of conflict. Imagine if they already knew how to respond before the conflict, life would be so much sweeter. Children tend to tune us parents out, but having that one-on-one time one hour a week where someone outside of the home is listening to them, helping them set goals, and encouraging them to achieve those goals could be just the key you need to a more peaceful home and family.
Life coaching for children is good for every season from ages 5-17 because each stage of life bring on new challenges and areas of growth. Normally the 4-week plan is $400, but through August 31, 2018, I am offering 1/2 off these sessions. If you have any questions message me through my website www.propellifecoach.com