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How to Help Stressed Teens: Causes, Signs & Solutions

Introduction: April is Stress Awareness Month. This article dives into why teens experience stress, how that stress manifests, and what adults can do to help. Teens and Stress – What We Need to Know: Adolescence is inherently stressful. Young people are experiencing the most development they will ever experience in life, including puberty and hormonal […]

Why Teens Procrastinate and Six Ways Adults Can Help

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Introduction: Is your teen’s procrastination driving you insane? This article helps to explain procrastination, how it shows up in adolescents, and what adults can do to help teens stay on track. What Is Procrastination? Procrastination is driven by a variety of thoughts and habits, but in essence – we avoid tasks because we do not […]

How a Professional Youth Life Coach Can Support Adolescents (and You, the Adult!)

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Introduction: This article explores the meaning and impact of Professional Youth Life Coaching. Learn what makes Youth Coaching Institute’s trained coaches unique, and the ways in which a coach can facilitate growth and empowerment for teens, caring adults, and families. What Is a Professional Youth Life Coach? Life Coaching is a non-directive, person-centered, growth-oriented support […]

Unlocking Communication: How Active Listening Can Transform Relationships with Teens (Do’s & Don’ts)

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Introduction: Actively listening to your teen can help foster an open, safe, and trusting environment where your teen feels seen, heard, and understood. It strengthens relationships and enhances communication, especially around vulnerable topics. What is Active Listening? Active listening is the practice of preparing to listen, observing what verbal and non-verbal messages are being sent, […]

Why Teens Need Goals & How Adults Can Help (using the SMART framework)

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Written by Cameron O’Brien, ACC What Is Goal-Setting? Goal-setting is the process of taking deliberate action steps in order to achieve a desired outcome. When we set goals, we are intentional about focusing and executing on the things that matter to us most. Goal setting allows us to create a vision of what we’d like […]

Evidence Based Coaching for Resilience in Teens and Emerging Adults

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The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the core of our work — evidence-based coaching for teens and emerging adults, and why it matters. I’ll begin by offering some highlights of who we are and the work we’ve had the pleasure of doing since 2013: Youth Coaching Institute, LLC We’re a community of social […]

Empowering Teens: Why Self-Advocacy Matters & How Adults Can Help

Written by Cameron O’Brien, ACC Introduction It is critical to get adolescents accustomed to representing themselves and their interests. Parents and guardians can only act on the behalf of an adolescent for so long; knowing what you need and finding a way to get the need met is a crucial step towards adulthood. What is […]

Talk Like a Pro: Practical Strategies for Open Communication with Teens

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Written by Cameron O’Brien, ACC Adolescence is a developmental stage where young people tend to pull away from their parents and assert independence by shouldering tasks alone or by guarding emotions. Nevertheless, it is important for parents and adults to engage young people in regular conversations around their feelings, values, aspirations, and mental health. Keeping […]

Understanding Teen Mood Swings: Causes & 3 Helpful Tips for Adults

Written by Cameron O’Brien, ACC If you are around a teenager, chances are you’ve caught the fiery wrath of a teen having an “off day.” As they grow up, it might seem like those days are occurring more frequently. You’re noticing that your adolescent’s mood fluctuates often – and when you ask them what’s going […]