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Coaching Resources for Parents and Teens

The coaching approach works great when parents coach teens. For the parent, it provides tools where they can still have influence while helping a son or daughter assume more and more responsibility for their lives. For the teen, it gets mom and dad out of the telling role and gives them space to share their heart and feel heard. These resources will help you use coaching tools to connect with your teen.

proactiveparentcoachingthumb.jpg Pro-Active Parent Coaching
Price: $19.95
Capturing the Heart of Your Child
by Gregory Bland
Forward by Tony Stoltzfus

174 pages
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This wonderfully-practical manual shows how to apply the coaching approach to Christian parenting. Filled with sample coaching dialogs, practice exercises and feedback from youth about how the coaching approach has impacted them, author Greg Bland shows how valuing your kids' hearts through listening and asking can transform your relationships. Written by a coach who has actually done this in his own family, this book doesn't just tell you about parent coaching: it trains you to do it.

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tabletopics-familythumb.jpg TableTopics: Family
Price: $25.00
by TableTopics
4" Acrylic Cube, 135 cards
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Check out the Dinner Party version, too!

Here's a great conversational game for your family or gift for the coach in your life! TableTopics are incisive conversation-starter questions designed to help take everyday conversations to a deeper level. Each set includes 135 question cards in a beautifully-made acrylic cube. Pick a card, ask the question and let the fun begin!

The award winning "Family" set uses age-appropriate questions to help kids and adults connect at bedtime, over meals, or wherever you want an interesting conversation!

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whatifthumb.jpg What If?
Price: $19.97
by Jimetta Mayne
24 pages, hardback, color
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I liked the coaching approach of this children's books so much that I am partnering with the author to write another! By putting your children's names right into the story to make them part of it, and providing open questions the kids answer themselves, Jimetta has created a unique children's story that empowers kids to think creatively and find solutions. Its a great way to bring coaching values into the way you parent young children.

Written by an adept storyteller and illustrated with gorgeous original artwork, this full-color hardback will be one your kids or grandkids look forward to reading.

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Here's one way to look at it. When your kids are very young, you do things for them: feed them, put them to bed, change them, burb them. As they get a little bigger, you use a directive style: instead of carrying them to bed, you take them to bed, or tell them, "No!" when they play too close to the street.

A few more years and you've taught them to go to bed on their own, and you just come in to say goodnight. They have boundaries that they understand and can interpret in different situations. You show them how to do something and expect them to do it on their own. By this point, you've moved from doing for through directingall the way to mentoring. Each step of the way you as a parent have given the child more autonomy and responsibility.

Then your kids enter the teen years. The next natural step is to move gradually from mentoring to a coaching style. However, many parents lack the tools to coach teens to think their own way through decisions or reflection on consequences of there actions. Parents who continue to use a directing or even a mentoring (imparting wisdom) style often meet resistance or rebellion. Learn to listen, ask and draw out a person's heart using coaching skills is a great tool for any parent.