Why Your Child Needs A Child Life Coach:
It is no secret that there are many children attending school who are struggling to cope with the daily happenings of life. These children may be suffering from daily torment from various peers, battling depression, bullying, struggling with Listening, Anxiety, hiding a secret about their sexuality and possibly caring for a parent at home or don’t even have a home to begin with.
Mental health problems amongst children is rapidly increasing and unfortunately, suicide is the highest cause of death amongst men and woman between the ages of 15 to 34 in just England and Wales alone. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States of America.
According to The South African Depression and Anxiety Group, a suicide occurs every 40 seconds and sadly, an attempt is made every 3. But what happens if children had a life coach? Would a life coach produce a different result and decrease the amount of suicides?
Not only are mental health problems a possible concern, decreased level in confidence and self-esteem is just as bad.
Our ability to adapt in this ever-changing world is imperative for our survival.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to helping the vulnerable youth. For some, their cup of tea may just be seeking professional counselling, while for other children, a formal therapeutic relationship is just off-putting.
In recent years, many schools have adopted character education programmes, counselling services and peer support programmes to help meet the younger generation’s needs. Life coaching is one such form of effective emotional support and guidance that couples, children and adults with behavioural change and emotional development.
For youth who are largely happy and stable, it is still crucial and highly encouraged to build the social and emotional competencies they need to navigate their life successfully.
Life coaching is practiced worldwide in various forms to assist people identifying their blocks in their lives, to gain clarity and focus in order to find their future paths, and take action towards a positive outcome. Life coaches help people from all walks of life to improve their well-being or to address a specific issue that may be holding them back so to progress in the future.
A Life coach uses practical, goal-oriented approaches to help people children from a position of disempowerment, confusion and stress in order to find clarity and action.
How A Life Coach Works:
- A Life coach helps your child set realistic goals
- A Life Coach creates steps towards those goals
- A Life coach helps increase your child’s motivational levels.
- A Life coach creates a space or an environment in which changes can occur
When working with children and young people, coaching tools and techniques can help to build self-esteem, resilience, self-awareness, and crucially, coaching helps a young person to create their own toolkits of resources and strategies to use at any time.
What are the benefits of having a Life Coach?
Knowing what you want can be half the battle in life. As part of your pre-coaching work, I will help you to get clear about what you would like to achieve from coaching (if you are not already). On an on-going basis, coaching will help you to get and stay clear about your goals and the direction you would like to head in.
Accountability is a powerful tool for creating change. When engaged in the life coaching process, you will work with me, your coach to create goals to achieve between sessions. Coaching is very much a joint journey and as your life coach, I don’t give you advice or tell you what to do; together we will create goals for you that will be realistic and achievable and importantly, inspiring to you. The goals should be your goals and owned by you. If for some reason you are not able to achieve that goal, you will work with me in the next session to see what stopped you and help you to move forward again. The simple act of telling someone else what you intend to do can make a huge difference in the desire to achieve it. If you find that you are putting something off week after week, it is much more obvious in the coaching scenario and gets dealt with quicker than you may do by yourself. This means that you can either get to the bottom of why you have not achieved the goal or decide to leave it to one side if you realise it no longer inspires you.
Friends and family can be a great source of support, but sometimes unbiased input can make a big difference to your perspective and help you to see things about yourself and your life situation differently. We often hear things better from an outsider, than from people to close to the situation or us. Though your Mum may always remind you of your strengths, hearing the same message from someone outside of your situation can be helpful.
The Opportunity To Focus On You
Life coaching is an opportunity to focus on you and your dreams and aspirations. In day to day life, being busy with family, friends, work and hobbies often means that you and your bigger wants get left to the side. Life coaching gives you the space to think about you, your thoughts and feelings and about what is important to you. Life coaching can be truly life changing and can enable you to carve the space in your life for your goals and what is important to you.
Life coaching can be challenging and hard work, though also rewarding and fun. You will be looking at yourself honestly and challenging yourself to push yourself beyond your comfort zones. Life coaching will enhance your personal development and assist you in taking the various areas of your life to the next level.
Having a Life Coach isn’t for everyone but it has shown to increase people’s confidence levels, self awareness and an even greater understanding of how to overcome obstacles in whatever shape or form.
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