Austin, Texas – August 17, 2021 – Back to school can be exciting but stressful for both parents and students. There are so many pressures teens and tweens face when starting a new year of middle school or high school.
They are worried about getting the grades they need to get into college, making new friends and finding their place, handling the load of new class schedules, teachers, and extracurriculars.
Dr. RJ has a simple 3-step formula to help parents, teens, and tweens overcome the stresses of a new school year and set them up for success in middle school and high school years.
When following these 3-Steps Teens and Tweens will have more focus, become more organized, have increased confidence, and become more motivated.
These skill sets lead them to get better grades, make more friends, handle the pressures of a new school year, not give in to peer pressure and become capable of handling the unknown.
Dr. RJ. is a certified Teen Life Coach in the United States and has been transforming the lives of teens, tweens, and their parents for many years. After working with thousands of teens he discovered that you can create success by simply directing teenager’s focus to the one thing that produces growth, excitement, and motivation, and that is goals.
When teens and tweens shift their focus from problems of the past to possibilities of the future, their mood changes, their attitude changes, their emotions change. They then have everything they need to be overcome the stresses of going back to school and gives them the skills they need to be successful.
However, Dr. RJ finds that teenagers rarely have real goals. What teenagers have are wants, desires, hopes, and dreams. But not goals. To be successful they have to shift their focus and turn those wants, desires, hopes, and dreams into actual goals, and here are the three steps to do that.
Goals have the following three components:
First, we have to set intentions. An intention is a direction you want to go. This could be related to academics, sports, extracurriculars, relationships, or anything else that is important to you or your teen. It is the ability to see a destination. To have a finish line in mind.
Second, we need an action plan. Once you have set your intention and you know what you want to achieve, then you need a plan to get there. With the road trip analogy, this is the time to map out which highways you will take. The action plan is your step-by-step instructions to get to your destination. If your wants, desires, hopes, and dreams do not have daily and weekly planned actions in place, then it is not a goal.
Third, you must set a time frame. This is simply how long will it take to get your want, experience your desire, turn your hope into a reality, or live your dream. How long will it take? Using the road trip analogy, your time frame would be how long will it take for you to reach your destination. I bet if you ask your child how long will it take for them to accomplish their “goal,” they would not be able to give you an accurate time frame.
As I was explaining what goals are, did you immediately started to think about the possibilities for yourself?
For a moment your worries and stresses disappeared. You experienced excitement knowing that there are some goals that you yourself want to pursue. This is exactly what will happen with your teen or tween when they start setting real goals for themselves.
As we begin this new school year it is important to overcome the stresses a new school year can bring to both parents and teens. This is the perfect time to help teens and tweens succeed not only in school but in life.