It’s officially the beginning of another school year for most of your amazing teens. Ah, the joys of back-to-school shopping, figuring out a new schedule with new teachers, reading the syllabus to figure out the countless materials your children even need in the first place, buying loads of new pencils and pens since they always seem to get lost, and starting all over again once you finally feel like you had last year under control. That’s always a really easy, stress-free time for everyone, right?!
Most parents, teens, and teachers I know always go into the school year with a mixture of (a) excitement over what could be possible and (b) lingering anxiety or fear of what could go wrong. Parents worry, “What if my kid hates their teachers? What if they struggle in class? What if they are bullied? What if they can't keep up with the workload?" This is completely normal, and it’s natural for the transition into a new school year to be a tough and stressful process.
Now, most parents' inclination is to helicopter when these worries pop up. You don’t want your teen to start off the year behind or on the wrong foot, so you begin to hover, either managing or stressing out over all the little details. “Is this the right elective for my child? Should I try and change their schedule? Are they dressing in time for PE? Do they really need these new clothes that they want? And I need to make sure they have four 3-ring binders, two red pens, and three spiral notebooks. Oh, and I’ll buy 100 pencils since they can only use pencils in math class and I swear my child always loses pencils…”
But what if you could start off the school year with peace and ease? What if you could start the year trusting your child and trusting their ability to make decisions? What if you had practical and simple tools in your pocket as well as the confidence that you could support your child no matter what struggle or awful thing comes their way?
If that appeals to you, I want to help. Over the next two weeks, I am offering a free hour-long “Back-to-School Session” for those of you who are on my mailing list. What is a “Back-to-School Session?” I’ll listen to your worries and concerns about the upcoming school year, your current struggles with your teen, and your hopes for this school year. From there, I’ll provide powerful, tried-and-true tools to address your specific concerns and struggles. At the end, if you are seeking more support or it seems we could be a good fit, I’ll explain some of my services in coaching families and teens with navigating tough transitions.
If you are stressed out, "catastrophizing," or worrying even the slightest bit, please do take advantage of this special! After the next two weeks, I’ll no longer offer sessions catered specifically to this back-to-school time since my time will be spent leading workshops at schools and speaking with PTAs/PTOs.
Here’s what one parent had to say about our work together:
“I called Shandra for help because I was feeling frustrated and, frankly, sad about how my normally great relationship with my son was changing into one filled with tension, stress and arguments. He was maturing, no longer a 'kid' and neither one of us really knew how to navigate this transformation. I was worried and angry (he was too) but both of us did know that we wanted things to improve!
So if you are interested in signing up for a “Back-to-School Session," sign up here.
Also, if you have any questions at all—whether about these sessions or the transition into a new school year—please email me. As always, I’m glad to help however I can.
Here’s to an amazing school year, and best of luck!
I am a teen-empowerment coach. I work with teen girls, ages 14-17, who struggle with self-acceptance, perfectionism, seeking attention from others, and deep sadness or anger.