A parent has to juggle a lot of things, not just work life and home life, chores at home and tasks at office, but being a parent and a mentor, coach, and trainer for the child. The needs of a baby are simple- good food, comfortable bed, and a safe place to play. The needs of a child change as he/she grows into a toddler and then into a teenager.
During the early stages of your child’s life, you are mostly in your “parent” mode. You give instructions and expect the children to follow them. As a parent, you also make some major and many minor decisions for them. You decide when they eat, when they sleep, and what they study. As the child grows older and gain more autonomy, a parent slowly evolves into a mentor. From scolding a child for a mistake, you start asking why the child made the mistake and expect them to take responsibility for their actions. This coaching and mentoring is the most important phase where your child takes the path toward being a responsible adult. In other words, you are like a personal life coach for your child.
As a parent, it’s your responsibility to nurture and develop your child’s interests, skills, and talents. This cannot be done by mere instructions, but by playing an active role in your child’s development. You can encourage your child to participate in sports, music, dance, or other activities. However, before you encourage them to pursue an activity, you need to gauge their interests and abilities. This is where you step in as a personal life coach. You need to listen to your child’s view without personalizing them with your views, helping them develop their individuality and unique personality.
The answer to the question, “Is your child in need of coaching and mentoring?” will be a resounding yes every time. As your child grows, the parent also grows and develops. The parent needs to understand the mental and emotional needs of a growing child and help him/her pursue their interests. Most parents can learn how to be good coaches and mentors. However, if you feel that you may have difficulties in mentoring your child, you can get professional support from a personal life coach.