Every parent wants to see their child succeed, when it comes to coaching for children, the best person for the job is almost always the parents (Baras, 2019). A large part of parenting is supporting children to reach their potential, uncover what their passions and goals might be, and help them work towards different avenues of success in ways that are meaningful. However, there is always an emotional attachment to one’s child and therefore sometimes a parent cannot provide the objectivity that a life coach can.
Effective coaching can also help young children begin to develop some of the personal skills that will aid them as they navigate the journey of their lives. Some of these include:
- Overcoming failure
- Confidence in going after what they want
- Creative problem-solving
- An open and curious approach to new challenges and ideas
- Collaboration and sharing
There is a fine line between coaching and parenting, both roles are interdependent. Due to this, there is a lot of interaction with parents when coaching minors to support both parent and child.