Benefits of Life coaching
If you’re wondering whether life coaching is suitable for teenagers, the answer is YES. This guide will reveal exactly how life coaching for teenagers works, what you can expect from it and why it can be a great idea!
As an experienced life coach who has worked with clients of all ages from many different backgrounds, I am excited to share this knowledge with you.
While some parents may feel like they can help their children overcome any personal or academic struggles, the truth is: there are often limitations to what they can achieve.
Often, there are many issues which children feel should be kept secret from one or both parents. Perhaps they fear being judged, punished or shamed for sharing their truth. In many cases, there is little that a parent can do to stop their children feeling like this.
It is rarely helpful for young people to keep their problems to themselves though. They are nearly always better off seeking help from a wise adult who they can trust.
This is the main benefit of hiring a life coach.
All conversations between life coaches and students are kept strictly confidential. What’s more, in their life coach training, coaches are taught how to effectively build rapport and trust with their clients. They are also taught how to understand specific types of professional, academic or personal problems and lead clients to the best solution for them.
In a perfect world, parents might wish that their children could open up to them about anything – and that they would have the perfect solution on the tip of their tongue.
In reality though, a child would often prefer to share these problems with a trusted third-party, especially when this individual has been extensively trained to deal with them.
What is a life coach?
An increasing number of young people are turning to life coaches to help them overcome teenage struggles and find purpose and direction in their lives.
Coaching can help teenagers learn the skills they need to thrive in life. Often, these skills are not taught in schools.
Working with a coach can also help your teenager to find their way if they are deciding what professional direction to take.
In some cases, coaching has helped troubled young people and teens from low-income families to avoid a life of crime and, instead, launch successful businesses and careers.
Unlike therapy or counseling, which tend to focus on the past and how it affects the present, coaching focuses on the present and future.
A coach helps her client to set goals and map out the steps to achieving them. This dynamic and interactive process is very effective as it gives teenagers agency over their life while increasing their confidence and self-belief.
It can even help improve young people’s relationships with their parents.
What can teenagers expect from a life coaching session?
Teen life coaching is extremely flexible. The curriculum will be dictated by what they feel they need help with.
A life coach has been trained to ask the types of questions that will determine where their client is struggling – and how they can help them move forward.
Life coaching has been known to help young people decide the next steps they want to take after school is over. What’s more, if they’re struggling at school, a coach can help them improve their focus, organization, time management, communication with teachers etc.
A life coach is also qualified to help teens deal with issues in their personal life, perhaps by teaching them life skills including stress management, self-esteem, self-motivation and self-understanding
Youth coaching methods
Whether they market themselves as a life coach for teenager clients, an academic coach or anything else, all accredited youth coaches will have gone through similar life coach training.
As such, the coaching methods used are likely to be similar, regardless of the individual you choose to work with.
Life coaching is NOT
parenting or tutoring
It’s important for parents to understand that youth coaching isn’t about telling a teenager what to do. A coach will only ever encourage their clients to discover the best solutions to their problems for themselves. Learning how to do this effectively is a key part of life coach training.
The methods used to help young clients open up include:
Interviewing. Coaches will get as much information as possible about the client’s situation by asking questions. These questions will be ultimately framed in a way to get young people to come to their own conclusions about the best ways for them to progress.
Journaling. Many coaches will encourage their clients to write down their thoughts about specific situations, perhaps on a daily basis. Clients will then be encouraged to read their journal to the coach.
Games and activities. This light-hearted approach usually makes coaching more enjoyable for young people. It also serves to make the student more comfortable to open up.
How to choose the right youth coach
Of course, you should compare prices, credentials, and qualifications when choosing a coach.
However, the most important aspect beyond these is the teen's relationship with a coach.
You should absolutely involve your child in the selection process. In most cases, they will be offered a free initial chat with a coach before signing up to work with them. You should absolutely take them up on this offer.
Although coaches are trained how to deal with troubled or apathetic clients, the coaching is far more likely to be effective if your child is a willing participant. With that in mind, you’re usually best of choosing one who the child is excited to work with.