Want To Help Your
Child Be the Best He/She Can Be?
Phyllis Reardon M.Ed.
This is a reprint of an
earlier article I published. As you approach this new shool year do so as
positively as you can.
Being a parent isn’t easy. We all want the best
for our children but life can get busy and sometimes just pass us by. In my
coaching practice I work with parents to help them enjoy their children and life
to the fullest. I would like to offer you a sample of the life coaching
activities I use with my clients.
Life Coaching Activities for Helping Your
Take time to talk to your child and really,
really listen to what they have to say. Ask about their activities, their
friends and school. Actively listen by looking directly at them. Remember their
Highlight all of their activities no matter how
small you might think them to be. Success builds more success but we need to be
validated in that success.
If you have more than one child create a special
time for each of them. This makes them feel as important as you believe they
are. It is amazing what you hear and learn with one on one!
Get them involved in a variety of activities,
sports, music, community groups. There are programs for most budgets. This will
help them discover their strengths and passions helping with career decisions
later in life.
Respect their opinion. Ask them what they think
about family plans and projects. They are wiser than you think!
Create an environment of good health and
fitness. Teach by example. A healthy body produces a healthy mind, necessary for
success in our world. Get moving together!
Read, read, read. Surround your child with
books. Introduce them to the local library at an early age. Knowledge is power!
At an early age have them make choices. What
clothes to wear, what game to play, which book to read. Simple decision making
practiced early in life makes it easier when more difficult life decisions
Talk to them about your work. If you work
outside the house and you have an opportunity maybe they could visit your place
of work. They are always interested to learn what you do.
Show them love. Show them respect. Treat them
gently. Your behavior becomes their behavior. Most of all enjoy them!
If you would like more information on Parent
Life Coaching or you would like a free consultation please contact me, Phyllis@coachphyllis.com
This is an earlier post that I thought worthwhile reposting
Your Attention & Understanding Life Coaching
posted a quote of mine today on Twitter and I thought that I should elaborate on
my quote. The quote.
The most important thing your child can have
for school is your attention & understanding.
For many young children heading back to school this
week, there are feelings of excitement mixed with uncertainty. Concerns can
range (and not in order) from not knowing the teacher, meeting new classmates,
the seating arrangement in the
classroom, the curriculum content, to how they should dress. These are real concerns and if not addressed
can cause fear and possibly interfere with learning.
Your attention and understanding is crucial at this
I am offering some suggestions/Life Coaching
activities for you to use as you parent your child this new school
Children love certainty. They want and need
routines. Early in the school year set up a schedule and stick with it. It
offers a level of comfort to your child.
Listen to what your Child has to say.
know what their school day was like? I always found this worked with my four
children. Instead of asking, “how was school today?” because that always
elicited a neutral answer….I would ask, “ How was Ms. Jones/Mr. Smith today?”…this
question always got me an answer that gave me insight into their school day, be
it good, bad or indifferent.
Help your child organize a work space. Insure that
needed supplies are at hand. This will lessen stress and prevents that late
night dash to the store in search of school products. When purchasing supplies,
buy extra, if budget permits.
The Fridge Front
Compliment, compliment, compliment . Highlight
their achievements no matter how small they may seem to you. That’s what the
front of the fridge is for! Compliments
are essential to building your child’s confidence and a strong self confidence
is key to their school success.
Help your child make it the best school year it can
be for them!