I was recently reading a post from PBS on the importance of children setting goals. In the post, it states that
One of the benefits of such a long-term goal is that it helps her learn to set appropriate benchmarks. Each year brings a new sub-goal along the path to champion. Last year she wanted to move up a level in all of her dances. This year she’s ready to move up another level.
The other benefit of setting long-term goals is that it helps kids build resilience and cope with setbacks. Sometimes my daughter finds herself on a roll — moving though the level quickly. Other times, she faces failure and has to figure out what to change. Teaching kids to establish and work toward goals has many benefits.
What's interesting about this article is that I was speaking with a friend who recently hired an online life coach to support her child in defining certain academic goals and helping her achieve them. When I originally heard this I thought that maybe this might be putting too much pressure on a child to perform at such an early age. But when she explained to me the methodology of how the child is being coached, I quickly saw the huge impact this could make in the childs life.
After working with the child for six months, not only did she see her grades improve, but her overall well-being because the coach also helped her deal with some emotional issues and stresses she was dealing with at school. While the coach cannot tutor the child academically, she can provide a type of psychological support that helps motivate and inspire the child to want to be more successful.
I recently came across the book Life Coaching for Kids: A Practical Manual to Coach Children and Young People to Success and in it, it states that Life coaching is a great way to help children and young people build self-esteem, set positive goals and deal with difficult issues such as bullying, anxiety and poor body image.
To be totally honest, I assumed coaching was mostly for adults. But this has begun to make me think that it could also be used for children in school and life.