Social Media is a Bullying Terrordome. Here’s How to Help a Kid Escape.

Let’s say you’re in a dynamic where you know, you know, that everyone has banded together in dislike of you. Could be your job, your neighborhood, or wherever you’re stuck spending a ton of time. It’s clear they talk smack about you. They’re united in making fun of your looks, your voice, your clothes, your walk, your everything. But you don’t know why. And…

The Teen Life Coach’s 5-Step Fix for COVID School Failure

  You don’t have to be a teen life coach to know that the majority of teens are not geeks, driven to learn for learning’s sake; that they go to school for their own reasons. What the average parent might not know is that teens are developmentally driven to prioritize peer friendships …so the need met by school is strictly social. Enter…

Lessons from Quarantine High School

So how’s your quarantine been going? If you’ve got a teenager at home, I’m betting there have been some…challenges. But I’d also bet there have been some unexpected bright spots. Every kid I work with in my role as a life coach for teens has uncovered gems in the midst of the Covid pandemic. At the start of their coaching sessions, they’re…

Want to Help Combat Teen Stress? Help Them Stack Wins.

It was the last in a long string of messages. Each text read like a mini-nightmare, an expression of teen stress about how their work is perceived by classmates. The final line was sheer poetry: “Not to be angsty, but.” Angsty equals anxious equals stressed out. The lingo changes with the generations, but the feeling remains the same: a serrated-edge fear that…

How to Parent Like a Life Coach for Teens

Got a teenager at home? I bet you’re on the struggle bus. Anxiety. Mood swings. Defiance. Lack of motivation. Teens are going through a lot, and the hardest part is, they don’t want to talk about it. At least that’s how it appears. Of course they want to talk about their problems — they just don’t want to talk to them with…