Are you worried about your kids?
Join the club.
Grab some paper and a pen and jot down 3 vertical columns.
Write down what's worrying you.
Specifics please, no waffle…
For now leave blank.
Write down what it is you want to be better.
So, what does it look like when it’s fixed? Or, if you achieved everything in this column as you’ve written it, would you be calm and happy again?
Go back to your 2nd column.
This is your to do list.
What is in your control to do something about it to solve it?
What can you do today, now, that gets you there?
Written by our great friend and business mentor and mum of three teenagers, Amanda Morgan Thomas. Amanda offers coaching and consultancy to individuals and businesses and is a breath of fresh air. Thank you Amanda. Click here for full details
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• Generally, I’ve found that if us parents are over-involved, we provide fewer opportunities for our kids to self-reflect. We must allow our kids to feel and to be curious about how those feelings affect our behaviours. Every time they experience something new, they are adding to their self-confidence balance sheets
• Be prepared to share your fails with them and show them how you got back up. It may be messy, but if you can bounce then they can too. It’s not the falling that we learn from it’s how we style it out.
• Let them figure out problems and concerns by themselves...and then celebrate with them.
• If you are anxious, your kids will feel it. Tell them. Share your emotions with them and also explain what you’re doing about it. This will create a two-way exchange that will serve you well through the teenage years. Trust.
Amanda Morgan Thomas is mum of three teens, business mentor, coach and advisor to...