These are the easiest to intervene in as structured input can be provided as to the steps for achieving balance with regards to nutrition, getting enough rest and implementing exercise. Usually the situation can be rectified by providing structured goal setting and coaching opportunities as well as practical tips that enhance family dynamics. With the correct foundation in place, the child will have sustainability in terms of the long-term results of their Kids Life Coaching Programme. The high risk trigger points to look out for include nightmares, bed wetting, recurrent illness or headaches/tummy aches. These are all indicative of emotional trauma and high stress levels.
Nutrient depletion causes chemical imbalances which manifest in the inability to concentrate, depression, irritability, mood swings, angry outbursts, poor listening skills and behaviour problems. You will always start by coaching children to increase their water intake as this is fundamental to metabolism, removing toxins, curing common ailments, concentration & combatting fatigue. Rather than advocate only healthy eating, which is difficult for most children, promote the habit of having something healthy with each meal.
Sleep is the brains power source that keeps the mind alert and calm and regulates thoughts, emotions and the functioning of the various systems in the body. Sleep is when the body repackages neurotransmitters and chemicals that enable brain cells to communicate and flushes out disease-causing toxins. Children should be getting the appropriate number of hours sleep according to their age in preparation for enhanced brain function the next day. Coaching should assist in establishing a routine of relax time 30 minutes prior to bedtime which excludes any electronic interactions.
A daily dose of exercise is an excellent way of building the immune system, elevating mood and enhancing brain functioning by releasing endorphins associated with well-being. As well as the obvious health benefits of exercise for kids, there are secondary benefits such as an increase in self-esteem. Participation in a minimum of one team-based sporting activity per week, provides the opportunity for active movement, which is good for confidence building and body image.
A child communicates their inner turmoil through behaviour that is reflective of their unmet needs. Negative behaviour may manifest as problematic when it has been repeated over time and become ingrained habitually. When this happens, it is necessary to replace the old negative patterns with new alternative ways of behaving through tangible and realistic rewards, rather than purely focusing on disciplining bad behaviour. This section will immediately highlight a child at risk for high stress, anxiety or depression.
This section looks at how stable children are in their heart and mind and whether they are actively being the leaders of their own life. A child lacking in confidence is usually confused in their personal identity and this will need to be established through focusing on building their unique character profile linked to their strengths & talents. Identifying, acknowledging and supporting personal strengths, talents and abilities should focuses on achieving milestones no matter how big or small.
The school environment can be a harsh territory that is a breeding ground for disappointments, diminished self esteem and problematic behaviour. Schools are results driven and there is a risk of constant stress to keep up the pace of achievement and good results. This can lead to an untimely burn out which manifests in mental health problems so it is essential to empower and equip children to develop a growth mindset that is linked to having an attitude of lifelong learning.
Having a good emotional intelligence is the key to fitting in socially. Children need to learn the skills for life such as social interaction, mindfulness, empathy and gratitude since they don’t come naturally. A child who exhibits self-control and considers the feelings and needs of others will earn respect and should show no difficulty in making and keeping friends. This section identifies leadership potential in a child through identifying how they are interacting with others.
Whilst stress is an inevitable part of life, creating an awareness of the symptoms in the body is an effective precursor to staying healthy. This section relates to the child’s outer world which they have little, some or no control over. Even when faced with external stressors that are outside of their control, children can develop a positive mindset and build resilience. If a child becomes empowered to deal with stress as it arises, this will not only build their confidence but will also serve to be a skill for dealing with life.
Making sense of our fast paced world full of unwritten rules, challenges & curve balls can become confusing for children. This section applies heavily to 1st World Countries where there is an influx of external negative influences which are fundamentally toxic to a child’s development. This is all directly linked to economics and the disposable income of a child’s parents. There has also been a shift in cultural values and norms and with blurred boundaries, children are struggling to just be children.