Last year in the midst of COVID and imposed isolation on our nation, our son lost his academic focus at college and his grades suffered drastically. In the past when this had happened in school, he had been able to course correct with a little advice from us, his parents. Not this time. Emotions of guilt, anger and shame hung over him and colored any interaction with us on the subject of school. We did not know how to help him. However, we knew Desiree Panlilio of Encouraging Teens. We had seen her success with her own daughters and heard how she had helped numerous other teens. We hoped she might be able to help our son.
She did. It has been a true game changer. Desiree didn’t judge; she helped him focus and realize HE is in control of his destiny. She then equipped him with a path and framework for him to plan to and execute that control, and for us to effectively engage with him for support and accountability. With her guidance, he created, refined and actively owns his plan. It has been quite empowering for him. We see it clearly through the change in his communication, his confidence and his attitude. He recently commented that “I wish I’d known this from the start, it would have made college so much better.”
Make no mistake: Desiree gave him something much more than a tool for success at school; she equipped him to own and maximize his success at any stage in life. Thank you!