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