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…

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…

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…

This is Why You Need a Life Coach for Teens

It’s one of those things that’s understood, but not spoken: our starry-eyed notion of the “glorious high school experience” is a farce. On the surface, there’s this thick layer of frosting: AP courses, athletic achievement and prom photos. We shut our eyes to the cake underneath, the stuff supporting the frosting: our teens’ social and…