Cumming, GA – There are few times more stressful for a family than when a child is preparing to apply to college. For the teen, the decision is fraught with anxiety: What is college? What am I going there for? What am I trying to accomplish while I’m there? It’s easy for a 16-year-old to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of making a decision that’s going to determine the course of the rest of their life.
Denise Holloway is a Certified Professional Coach and the founder of Life UnLtd!, a coaching practice that specializes in teens and parents of teens, taking them from fear and frustration to joy and appreciation.
“I have huge empathy for teenagers,” says Denise. “It’s a really pivotal time in their lives but it doesn’t have to be so difficult. I’m here to make it a little easier for them. I think it’s really needed.”
Denise says parents can make a tremendous difference just by being more open and being able to listen without judging. They can improve their teen’s lives by showing them the love they feel for them rather than getting tied up in their own fear. Parents can make a powerful impact by changing how they deal with their teenager.
“To be delayed at the beginning can be a terrifying thought but that’s a perception. Who are you racing against?” says Denise. “The decision your child makes can feel like a point of no return, but there’s nothing wrong with a wrong turn.”
Denise provides teens with a framework for how to make decisions the rest of their life.
“We’re creating our world all the time, we’re just not doing it consciously,” says Denise. “When teens realize they have choice and they’re making these choices, they can start to take responsibility for themselves and their decisions.”
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