Listen, Inspire, Give Your All
Parent involvement is key to helping children navigate life’s rough patches.
Raising my two children 20 years ago required a much different skill set than it does for today’s parents. Even in the best families, communities and schools, children are feeling much greater pressures as adolescents these days.
The holidays are a good reminder to inspire your child or children to share in finding their purpose and pursuing their spirit so they have the robust self esteem needed to overcome everyday pressures. Be creative! Let them feel the power within themselves to know that they can help not only themselves, but others.
The easiest way to inspire them is to give them your all. It can be as easy as setting your phone down and asking about their day at school or how a friend is doing – and listening – 100 percent. Sometimes our silence through listening is the greatest tool we have. This allows us the opportunity to truly hear our child and for them to know how important they are to us.
If you’re seeking other ideas or support, the Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls program based in Crystal Lake hosts workshops that teach girls life skills to become confident strong young women. One-on-one coaching is also a great tool to empower both boys and girls to reach their full potential.
Alicia Birong is the founder of Crystal Lake-based Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls and Guided Choices. She has worked with children and adults for more than 30 years as a life coach, therapist and hypnotherapist. Her new book, “Changing the Chatter,” will be released soon. Reach her at 815.404.8343, firstname.lastname@example.org and via Facebook.