In my last post, I discussed the importance, and the value, of empowering young people with ADHD. For many of you, this may seem like a “no-brainer”. Why would we NOT want to empower young people to be more independent, self-confident and in turn, more motivated? For many parents of children and adolescents with ADHD and learning issues, this is easier said than done. It is difficult to let go and watch their children falter and oftentimes hit bottom. The key is to slowly reduce the level of support and the loosen the grip, giving young people the chance to explore, make mistakes and fall down a time or two. Coaches are a great resource for both parents and young people. I have coached many parents through learning to let go while coaching their maturing children how to become more independent and self-sufficient. This process does not interfere with the coaching partnership between the young person (the client) and the coach because the parent is being coached around letting go, which is what the client wants — more freedom and less helicopter parenting. All in all, a win-win situation!
Coaches – have you ever tried this coaching arrangement?
Parents – have you ever worked with a coach to help you “let go” of the daily responsibilities your growing child is ready to take on?
I look forward to your comments and feedback!
All the best,