What to look for when choosing a life coach for your child
If you are looking into hiring a Life Coach for your child, then choosing the right coach is of key importance.
Here’s a quick guide as to what to look for when choosing the right coach for them – and you.
Your child is the most precious thing in your life, so you need to like and trust the coach you want to hire for your child. Talk with them and make sure that you feel comfortable before you introduce them to your son or daughter. Do you feel safe and comfortable talking to this person? Do they have the same values as you and your family? If the answer is yes, then you are halfway there.
Next, there needs to be a click between the coach and your child. If that isn’t there, then talk to your child about their feelings towards the coach. Their Life Coach is going to be an important adult in your child’s life for the duration of the sessions, so it’s really important they have a say too. If there’s a click – then great. If not – this is not the coach for your child.
Communication and Questions
Communication is key! Talk to the coach – ask as many questions as you want. Coaches are very used to being interviewed by potential new clients, so ask everything you need to. You should always feel comfortable approaching the coach and have absolute trust that they will behave in a professional, respectful and non-judgemental manner.
You can ask me as many questions as you like – no question is too small. This is not just at the beginning of the process – if you have things on your mind, I encourage you to share them with me. A coach is a support mechanism, not something you need to manage or worry about.
Qualifications and Expertise
Coaching is a rapidly growing profession, however, at the time of writing, it is not a requirement that coaches need to be qualified. Personally, I believe that it is vital that a life coach be properly trained and qualified.
I am a Certified Coach (CMCC) this means I have been professionally trained and have had my coaching competency assessed and approved. Furthermore, I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation. This means I am globally accredited by the largest professional coaching organisation in the world.
I am also a qualified teacher (PGCE QTS) and a former Head teacher with nearly 20 years of experience of working with children and families.