A Parent’s Guide to Academic Life Coaching

This online guide is provided so that you can easily follow along as your teen completes the Academic Life Coaching Program. Using this guide can help spark conversation about the concepts your teen is learning and tackling during each session.

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First Steps


1. Gather more information

If you’re here, you’ve already started! You can always send us an email or call us directly to get more details. We are happy to speak with you directly about the experience we’ve had coaching teens. We can also put you in touch with other parents whose teens have completed the full program.


2. Get connected

You can sign-up to receive updates and other information we think you’ll find useful and enjoy.


3. Keep it simple

Some teens are eager to start working with a Life Coach, others… not so much. We understand — Life Coaching sounds weird. It’s also hard to describe. We suggest scheduling an Initial Interview. Coffee shops or cafes are casual and comfortable places to meet. We also recommend introducing us simply, “I talked with an expert who helps students be successful in school and approach the college application, and I thought it would be a good idea for you to meet.” We’ll take it from there.


4. Follow-up

Check in with your coach after the Initial Interview while the conversation is still fresh. Your coach will be able to deliver a lot of value in that interview and will assess if they think the Academic Life Coaching Program is a good fit for your teen.

Parenting with Coaching Concepts

We’ve provided a list of helpful things you may want to keep in mind during this process:

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Define what you want for yourself, your teen, and your family

Learn how to clarify your own values surrounding parenting styles and choices.

It’s rare for parents to have a written list of values to define what they want.

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Get on the same page as your parenting partner

Ensure that everyone is playing on the same team.

Comparing notes is key; writing down shared values and goals has been powerful for the families we’ve worked with.

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Empathy versus fixing

One initial reaction when confronting a problem or issue is to and run to the rescue and fix. Try to resist and practice empathetic listening.

Quite often, actively listening to your teen is immeasurably more helpful than any fix could be.

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Setting expectations and making an action plan

Set clear expectations, then get out of the way as your teen comes up with the plan to get there. Once expectations are set, it’s time to let go. Following up helps, but resist the urge to manage and control.

Making the Most of Summer & Breaks for Students

Summer and school breaks are an opportunity for young people to take control of their time and focus in on either shoring up an area or being proactive. However, most people are overly optimistic about what they can achieve in the summer, or they aren’t really trying to achieve anything except hanging out with friends or playing video games and sleeping in.

Here are three keys for making the most of summer or breaks. These come from my experience working with hundreds of families, over the past dozen of years, as an Academic Life Coach.

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