Focus Shifting

What do you do when you are sad or depressed?  

I know what I do. I stay in the muck and mire for awhile. I live in it. And for some twisted reason I trick myself into thinking it's somehow better. I know it's not. But I think it's my human nature to simply go with what I feel in the moment and continue to feel sorry for myself. It's just too much work to climb out of the quicksand. 

So what's the answer? How do I began to change the blues? I need to shift my focus.

In today's podcast, I briefly explore what Focus Shifting means by sharing a powerful true story of a little boy. I think you will want to listen.

Enjoy!

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens and college students from Fishers, IN. For more information, check out www.davidrouxcoaching.com.

High School Students & Education (part 3)

One of the hardest things for me to do as a parent is relax, be flexible, and keep an open mind about my teen's future career or job. At times, my mindset gets locked into thinking their career should look certain way. And then, to make things worse, I make sure the pathway to get "there" looks a certain way as well. That's crazy. I'm making it all about me. And when it's all about me, the stress level of my kid goes up along with my stress level.  

And on a side note...I know exactly where this mindset comes from for me. It's all about image management and making sure my kid looks like a trophy to the world. It also comes from my core identity as a parent being tied to my kid's performance. Why is this not cool? Again, my focus is me, and not what's best for my kid. (This is a blogpost all by itself. Stay tuned.)

Anyway, in today's podcast, Marc Williams and I wrap up our discussion about the high school student and education. Marc is an educator at Fishers High School. And today we talk about the importance of parents and educators being more flexible and open minded about our kid's future careers. In addition, we discuss image management, global competition, and standardized testing. It's a little bit all over the map, but it's good. 

Enjoy!

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens and college students from Fishers, IN. For more information, check out www.davidrouxcoaching.com.

High School Students & Education (part 2)

  • Be SURE College Is The Right Path
  • How Teens Can Explore More Of Who They Are
  • What Needs To Change In Our Schools?
  • To Do Homework or Not To Do Homework?
  • Education Used To Be A Luxury

Instead of setting up the podcast with some musings from me, I thought I'd let the above show notes foreshadow our discussion today.

Today's conversation with Marc Williams, an educator at Fishers High School, is a continued conversation from last week's conversation. Next week will be the 3rd and final part. 

Enjoy!

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens and college students from Fishers, IN. For more information, check out www.davidrouxcoaching.com.

High School Students and Education (part 1)

In many ways, today's high school student looks very similar to the high school student of my generation (the 80's - yikes!). They still try to fit in. They compare. They don't think ahead. There is a lot of insecurity. There are cliques. And they think mom and dad are dorks. It is what it is. 

However, there are many differences as well. One of those main differences is the amount of opportunities at their fingertips when it comes to a teen's future and interests. At the click of button, the world is their oyster. They have a lot of things coming at them, and it's harder for them to digest it all in a healthy way. And the speed at which it's hitting them is crazy! It's become much more difficult to manage competing interests and prioritize what's important. 

In today's podcast, Marc Williams discusses the role of education and parents when it comes to helping our teens manage all their opportunities. He will also help us with our focus when it comes to helping our kids think about their future.  Marc has been in education for many years, and he is currently a teacher at Fishers High School (my kid's high school!). Marc's knowledge of the high school student and how education needs to prepare them for the future is vast. In addition, you will also hear how Marc is a man of many talents. Let's just say he knows how to handle a microphone very well. 

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens and college students from Fishers, IN. For more information, check out www.davidrouxcoaching.com.

Parents Win With Coaching (part 2)

As a parent of two teens, life sometimes feels like a tug of war. It feels like we are pulling the rope in opposite directions. And it tires me out...as it should.

One of the keys to winning as a coaching parent, is to make sure we are pulling the rope in the same direction, or rowing the boat together in sync. We want to know and feel like we on the same page with our kids when it comes to school, homework, their friends, technology, family, etc. 

In today's podcast, Dan Rockwell and I continue the discussion about what it looks like for a parent and teen to pull the rope together in the same direction. In addition, we discuss some pretty powerful questions to explore with our teens that will get them to think more clearly.  

Enjoy! 

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens and college students from Fishers, IN. For more information, check out www.davidrouxcoaching.com.