I've been working with teenagers as a teacher and a certified athletic trainer for 20 years. During that time, I've had the opportunity to sit and talk with teens and know that they have a ton of stuff on their plates and many unanswered questions on their minds - and it goes much deeper than what to wear or if a certain someone is interested in them.
One of the things I realized over the years is that our teen girls need us to help them navigate the teen years and give them a foundation of knowledge to build a healthy life and balance their life goals.
Our teens are jugging more than ever. They are being asked to perform highly both academically and in extracurricular pursuits. Parent, teachers, and peers are asking them to do all of the things, and often it's just too much. This pressure leads to increased anxiety and possible depression.
On top of that, many of our teen girls are struggling perfectionism and truly knowing who they are. They feel unseen and unheard, and forced to wear a mask in order to fit in.
They are often square pegs on a struggle bus, desperately seeking a way off.
This is where I come in.
I have a knack of connecting with teens and giving them space to talk and ask questions.
I've always been the go-to teacher and mentor for my teen students. I think it's because I am able to provide support in a way that makes sense to them, allows them to feel seen and heard, and that they can use in their lives.
I'm able to take a step back to understand what they are going through without that connection that we have with our own children.
Then, I can sit and ask questions to help them discover a path that makes sense for their lives, instead of suggesting options that I think they might like.
Just like us, teens are inundated with a lot of false messaging that can make understanding what to eat, how to live, and how to balance life as an busy teen.
My passion to help our teen girls learn how to tap into their superpowers as women, , how to eat properly in a way to nourish their bodies based on their goals, develop the confidence and tools to overcome perfectionism and feel seen, and how to find wellness plan that is sustainable, founded in play, and can continue throughout college and adulthood.