Why Support Groups are Not Enough When You're Parenting a Teenager
I don’t know about you, but I’m so happy to be parenting in the digital age. Not because I get the pleasure of battling with my kids over Fortnite privileges and worrying about their online safety, but because I get to connect with other moms any time, from anywhere.
No matter what stage of the parenting game we’re in, there’s a group, forum, social account, or blog out there that speaks to us. If you’ve ever spent hours scrolling through parenting memes, you know that even the humorous brand of support can be essential to your sanity in the crazy moments.
When it comes to guiding teenagers, this is even more true. In many ways, it’s like reliving the toddler stage. Maddening, exhausting, and beautiful all at the same time.
Teenagers have unique needs. Not only have I experienced this as a tutor and coach, but I’ve been through the gamut of teen drama as a stepparent as well.
During these delicate years, one reason ongoing support from other parents is imperative is because we don’t always know there is a need for it until our children have a glaring problem. An easy-to-reach network of fellow parents can give us perspective in tough moments.
Yet, perspective only goes so far. Other parents are limited by their own children’s experiences. Whether they’re talking about a teen’s social life, academic performance, or emotional struggles, these are all very personal. It can be misleading to place too much weight on another parent’s view and try to apply it to your own child.
Sometimes, it’s impossible to know where the middle ground is, or if there even is such a thing.
That’s precisely why I decided to offer academic coaching. One big source of stress in a teenager’s life is the place where they spend a huge amount of time every day: school! It’s where their confidence is built or crushed, where many foundational relationships are formed, and where they establish either positive or negative habits that could last a lifetime.
Questions that feel absolutely life-changing seem to come up every day.
Should my child take AP and/or dual enrollment classes?
Is it possible to reduce the number of hours they spend doing homework each night so they can have more time to just be?
What would it take for my teen to stop panicking about exams?
Would my child be better off going to a vocational school or taking a gap year instead of going to a four-year university?
Does my teen even need to take the ACT or SAT?
Are study skills still a thing and how do I get my child to care about them?
What if my college student has trouble writing papers?
Because you are so deeply invested in this phase of your child’s life, it’s hard to step back and see what the best move is from moment to moment. At a time when decisions seem big, important, and frequent, the emotional investment side of things can cloud your judgment.
I’m here to support parents like you through choices like these. To take the mystery out of the overcomplicated world of high school and college and let you focus on being the emotional support your child needs.
You shouldn’t have to worry about being your high schooler’s guidance counselor or narrowing down majors for your college freshman.
I’m all about stress reduction, and one way to start reducing your stress about your teen’s academic future right now is to connect with me on Patreon. It’s the perfect place to access the deeper content you won’t find here or on any of my social pages, and even get personalized advice, without committing to monthly coaching.
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