It’s an arduous job raising children.
You can work wonders in the home by encouraging healthy living, sharing optimism and supporting your children through education. But preventing upset due to interactions with ‘unpredictable people’ and from the ‘big wide world’ isn’t always possible, even for you. Sometimes, when times get tough, you and your child might need a little help navigating modern life’s pressures.
Every parent knows this but does your child?
The stress of looking, acting and thinking in a certain way can be difficult for anyone. But for youngsters coming to terms with their identity and navigating ‘growing pains’, it can be immense. Mainstream broadcasting and social media paint a less than accurate picture of young people’s lives, and misconceptions about body image are rife. These delusions can often result in feelings of low self-worth and lack of confidence and may lead to unhelpful negative behaviours.
Some of the behaviours to look out for can include:
Most parents have good intentions, but with so many external unknowns, it’s commonplace for anxieties to set in for you and your child.
Uncertainty (and pressure of expectancy) around higher education choices or a work-based career path is common. Teenagers fear making mistakes or disappointing others, and parents fear for their child’s safety and success. It’s familiar ground for many families, but thoughts, feelings and actions can differ.
Young people feel the stress of peer pressure, bullying, exclusion and expectations from the education system and family. Having the appropriate emotional support and knowing how to use practical tools will give them a sense of direction and build confidence in their identity and decision-making.
The Back on Track Teens internationally recognised Ignition! Programme is a personal development journey of discovery for young people. The programme provides them with everything they need to overcome challenges, build resilience and embark on a prosperous life. And did you know there’s a tailored version for parents too?
If you think your child might be suffering in silence, the best place to start is by having a conversation. Let them know you have their back no matter what by creating a safe space. Open, honest communication is often the first step and any situation can have a positive outcome.
Make your own enquiries and conduct online research to learn more. Back on Track Teen offers several resources for you to access for free.
Start by connecting with us for a free online chat or telephone call. As behavioural coaching experts, we’re trained to spot any concerns. If we agree that support for you and your child will be beneficial, we’ll recommend one of the following:
Applying the Ignition! concept and behavioural learning within your family unit will help all individuals to observe the viewpoint of others without judgement. Having new strategies to work with encourages positive relationships and makes communication and resolution much easier.
Trying to do the right thing may never feel enough for a parent. Feelings of helplessness and rejection in endeavouring to support your child in their time of need are common. You might even need help too. If you do, Back on Track Teens can support you too.
Not everybody wants to be part of the ‘in-crowd’ or needs numerous friends. Discover how to appreciate your child's true personality and let natural, worthy friendships develop.
Creativity and destruction can battle in the mind. Encouraging imagination and learning how to communicate openly with your child can inspire them to find rewarding aspirations for a brighter future.
Focusing on individual strengths and the personal characteristics appreciated by others, boosts self-esteem immensely. Empower your child by encouraging them to develop their natural gifts.
Switch off your internal story and actively listen to your child. Learn how to set boundaries and avoid inserting your own experiences and needs into their feelings and wants.
Love and support are powerful emotions but so are hate and neglect. Uncover how to show affection and encouragement in abundance to cultivate a deep bond with your child.
Back on Track Teens places young people aged 9-23 years and their parents and caregivers at the core of its work. Innovative programmes and individual or family sessions use a combination of coaching, training, conversation and exploration delivered in a creative and safe learning environment. Applying behavioural science to real-life scenarios empowers and supports the discovery of natural strengths and talents.
Up to 95% of the youngsters we work with can transform their outlook on life within just 3 to 9* sessions.
When a young mind is in crisis, state waiting lists and ‘labelled therapy’ are often not an option. Back on Track Teens is here for you now.
Clause: *3-12 sessions can be required depending on the cause of trauma and the individual resilience.
I've watched first hand as this incredible woman TeeJay has empowered countless young people with some of the most challenging and heart breaking stories to throw away the life story that was written for them by others or by circumstance, and choose the life they want to live for themselves.
If felt so good to recommend not just the program, but also the person behind it because of TeeJay's integrity, skill, and her pass ion for helping young people be their absolute best. If you know of a young person that has gifts in some areas, but feels "left out" for not being awesome at everything, it may just be a matter of them discovering their own natural strength s, how to enhance those strengths, identifying areas of non-strength and how to handle those in a way that empowers them.
Cannot thank Teejay enough for the help she has given to my 3 year old grandchild following the loss of his beloved grandad. He was really struggling to cope with seeing people he was close to and broke his heart when they then had to leave his house. In just one half-day session Tejay was able to help him understand that when people say goodbye it does not mean that he will never see them again. He is now back to the happy child he previously was and knows that we will be there in his life even though we are not always with him. Cannot recommend Teejay enough. Many thanks Teejay in turning a little boy's life around in such a compassionate and professional way.
Since doing Ignition, my confidence has (pun intended) skyrocketed! I was able to go on NCS over the summer and had the best time of my life - it was so good that I applied for the Regional Youth Board, an opportunity for NCS graduates, and with 13 other grads from across Merseyside and Cheshire, I got accepted!
Teejay delivers the program with great energy, enthusiasm, fun, and truly "gets" what young people need to blossom into the best version of themselves! I will easily use Ignition! in my coaching practice as well as in schools and local youth programs. Thank you!
At Inner Flame, we work with many young people who didn't thrive in formal education and consequently have developed a low sense of self-worth.Talent Dynamics gives them a great opportunity to recognise their individual strengths and interests, and often an understanding as to why they didn't enjoy school. The profile itself, though, is far less valuable than the coaching opportunity which offers the opportunity to really explore who the young person is and what they can offer the world. These conversations can be magical.