Teen Coaching

New Year Or Midterm Slump?

New Year Or Midterm Slump?

New Year Or Midterm Slump?

By Teen Coach: Melanie Black

Are you and your teens experiencing a New Year or midterm slump?

It’s time to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. For parents, it’s time to start a new year, make resolutions, etc. From a teen’s perspective, the year is only half over. Adults may think of January as the first quarter, but for teens, it is the end of the second quarter. They are thinking about how much they have accomplished and how much they still need to do before the end of the school year. The middle of the school year is a time when students tend to experience a slump. It’s a time when they feel a lack of motivation and tend to get discouraged.

Help your teen at the beginning of 2018 with this powerful discussion.

  • What have you accomplished so far this school year?
  • What has enabled you to make progress this school year?
  • What are some distractions? How can you conquer them in third and fourth quarter?
  • What do you want to accomplish by the end of the school year and why is it important to you?
  • What’s your game plan? What do you need to do to reach these goals?
  • Who can help you?

Remind your teen that each quarter is the chance at a new beginning. The slate is clean. With the start of third quarter comes the opportunity to excel, to reach your goals.

Best wishes for a successful and happy 2018!


Melanie Black is a coach who helps teens increase self-motivation, self-discipline, and self-efficacy. Learn more about Melanie and the specialized coaching programs she offers by clicking here.