"It's My Choice" Program
This 8-week program is for children 7-12 years of age. At this age, kids are beginning to spend more time apart from parents and are experiencing new and stressful social situations and interactions every day. 
 
Our program is divided into two different age groups (7-9) and (10-12). Lessons are story based, we encourage open discussions and role playing as well as hands-on arts and crafts activities related to the topics being covered.  The design of our program includes auditory, visual, and tactile learning styles so that children are able to learn in the way that is most comfortable for them.
 
Issues and behaviors that hinder academic success that are addressed using the methods taught in our curriculum include:
 
  • Experiencing self-doubt/lacking confidence
  • Experiencing up and down self-esteem
  • Feeling shy or awkward and struggling to make friends
  • Easily influenced by peers
  • Allowing others to take advantage of them
  • Being bullied or bullying others
  • Disrespecting authority or becoming sassy
  • Having a bad attitude
  • Depending on external "things" to be happy
  • Lying, sneaking or cheating

  • Being irresponsible
  • Being disrespectful
  • Lacking self-respect or feeling unworthy
  • Feeling like a victim or powerless
  • Experiencing fear or nervousness
  • Feeling down or depressed
  • Experiencing anger or "life's not fair" attitude
  • Making a mistake and experiencing disappointment
  • Feeling shame or embarrassment
  • Stress management
Children will learn: 
  • Understanding positive & negative belief systems 
  • Creating possibilities
  • Power shifting for empowerment
  • Making good decisions
  • Standing up to peer pressure & bullying
  • Self-responsibility
  • Living a life of integrity
  • Creating soaring self-esteem
  • Honoring their uniqueness
  • Self-coaching on a daily basis
  
  • Using the power of visualization.     
  • Using affirmations 
  • Managing mistakes
  • Overcoming fear & 
  • moving past failure
  • Managing change
  • Beating conditional thinking
  • Creating self-respect & confidence
  • Creating a vision
  • Achieving goals
 
Why Life Coaching?
The methods that are taught through life coaching help kids:
  • Develop resilience to better cope with disappointments, major life changes (such as divorce or changing schools), and to pick themselves up when things don't go as expected.
  • Develop self-esteem based on who they are not what they've done or not done.
  • Develop a "strong inner core" as a guide when they make their own decisions and think for themselves so they can resist peer pressure and make good choices.
  • Develop an empowered mindset which enables them to create a vision and goals for their future and live with purpose instead of drifting whichever direction new friends may push or lead them.
Why Storytelling?
Listening or reading "facts" only uses the part of the brain that turns words into meaning. Storytelling (reading or listening) stimulates multiple centers of the brain, intellectual, physiological and emotional, to create an "experience" which leads to deeper learning. Stories enable kids to see skills in action which opens an opportunity for them to then apply those skills to their own unique situations with feedback from our mentors.
 
Storytelling is also a great way to break the ice with kids about important issues. A story allows them to connect with their feelings and thoughts without the pressure of being embarrassed or put on the spot in front of peers. It allows them to talk about what the characters' feelings or thoughts were before reflecting on their own. Stories give kids a common ground around important issues so they feel more comfortable initiating conversations with parents and/or teachers.
 
Parental Involvement 
We understand that while we can teach kids specific tools and coping mechanisms, self-esteem and confidence cannot be "taught." Self-esteem and confidence are continually developing over time and even kids with high self-esteem and confidence can experience difficulty with a specific situation. This is the reason that we get and keep parents involved with what their kids are learning in each class through emails, articles, and special events. Many of the skills being taught in our classes are skills that parents may not have had the opportunity to learn themselves as children. 
 
Our emails keep parents informed about what their children are learning as they go through the classes and our articles educate parents on common problems and provide very concrete ways that they can interact with their child to address issues and situations that are common stressors. By giving parents more concrete information on what their kids may be struggling with in addition to providing them with ways to interact and help their child, new skills are integrated into the family dynamic. Learning and growth continue even after the program has been completed.
 
Private Coaching Lessons 
Please fill out this Coaching Wheel of Life if you live in Southern California. We know this is the most challenging time of your life and we would like to help you. If you are interested in learning how to be your own best friend, feel you need someone to talk with or are experiencing pressure from others, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Try it out and you'll learn new things about yourself.