As children reach their teens, parents should take a step back and allow their soon-to-be adults to pursue their own goals. Rather than driving your student’s next goal-planning session, as you might with an elementary school student, give them the chance to develop their own goals based on their unique interests and passions. Teens will be more invested in the process and more likely to achieve their goals. Moreover, the more they practice goal planning as teenagers, the better prepared they will be to set and achieve goals independently as adults.
Remember, it’s more about the process and personal growth than their specific goals. It’s crucial that your student’s goals are their own. While the goals of a teenager may sometimes differ from the ones you as their parent and/or Learning Coach would recommend, your role now involves being there to provide support and offer encouragement for their ideas. If you’re worried about their focus, set a few parameters for their goal planning before they get started, such as creating four goals, two academic, one career-related, and one personal.