Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

The wonderings of those who want to more about The Hero Wisdom Workshop, what we do, and how we do it!

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How will my child benefit?

Often children feel that they don’t have control in their lives. They can’t verbalize this feeling, however it manifests into their actions and their reactions. Many times these actions are undesirable and they have an effect on others as they ripple out like rings in a pond. Relationships are put at risk. Potential friends may shy away, and the parent-child bond can begin to fray as parents lose patience and respond in counterproductive ways. By helping children understand how their minds work, they come to realize that they have a tremendous amount of control. This explains why “Hero” is the word chosen to describe the type of wisdom that develops in children who work with us.

how is a Group session organized?

Our groups are small so everyone gets familiar and comfortable. We listen while others speak to practice respect. We acknowledge each others’ contributions and we love celebrating breakthroughs. We help each other and we express gratitude often. We move. We create. We sit quietly. We meditate & visualize. We do all of this while teaching and learning the Hero Wisdom skills and attitudes in a fun, inviting and positive environment.

are you therapists or psychologists?

NO! We are educators, parents and coaches. Over the years we’ve worked in a variety of settings, teaching thousands of students from preschoolers to adults. Our years of experience in the classroom has become wisdom that we’re excited to share. We have three kids between us, all teenagers now! We’re also great friends, having known one another for 20+ years now! See more on our About Us page.

how long is a parent consultation and what is discussed?

This initial conversation may take place in person or by phone. It is a private discussion between one coach and one parent to discuss the child’s area for growth in terms of empowerment and life skills. It also clarifies the ways in which the coaching will be tailored specifically to the child, and how intuitive coaching plays a roll in the process. This conversation generally lasts up to one hour.

How long is a one-on-one session?

This varies slightly depending on the age and needs of the child and the nature of the particular session. An hour is scheduled for every session, however, a child under 9 years old may struggle to focus for the entire time. With this in mind, logical movement and snack breaks are incorporated for younger clients, allowing a child to recharge in order to refocus. This is an important life skill for people of any age! We find that kids 9 and older have developed longer staying power and they can get lost in their work because it’s fun and it’s meaningful. A session will never end early; it’s more likely to run 5 minutes over time! This is a good thing!

I’d like to put a group together. How do I do that?

We recommend a few ways of doing this.

  1. One way is to ask your child to select a small group of friends and organize a session that would “speak to them”.

  2. Another suggestion is to connect with other moms of kids the same age.

  3. Additionally, if your kids have cousins, this can be a family-based workshop.

    *Please note that the rate is a per-child fee up to, and including, the tenth child. Up to two additional participants my join at no cost - this brings the total cost down for everyone or two lucky kids get to participate for free!

how will i benefit as a parent?

The changes in behaviours and attitudes that you begin to see in your child will impact your relationship. You should see your child’s subtle development as he or she transforms into an empathetic, wise youth who can eventually teach others their heroic secrets to an empowered and successful life.

How is a Unit Organized?

A unit is scheduled at a set time every week and sees student(s) and coach(es) gathering to build enduring skills.

is this type of coaching really necessary?

YES! We all need guidance and mentorship as we journey through life. We don’t always call it “coaching” as it comes in many forms - long, serious talks over dinner….. phone calls with friends who really get you….the song lyrics that suddenly make sense…...

Often we need support and it isn’t available, and sometimes the parent/child relationship can be challenging. If you’ve ever found yourself feeling exasperated and saying things like “I don’t know what to do anymore” or “She just won’t listen to me” or “He’s always nervous and I’m not sure how to help him”….then we need to connect now because, in coaching your child, we’re also supporting you.

isn’t this all taught in school?

NO! As career teachers who are still working in public education, we can say confidently (and regretfully) that these skills are not being explicitly taught in schools. The Health curriculum is often side-lined as the pressure to cover all academic content is prioritized. It often happens that teaching around goal setting is only aligned with studying for tests or winning sporting events, or that understanding failure is addressed during Parent/Teacher/Student conferences. We are here as The Hero Wisdom Workshop because the school systems at present are neither funded nor equipped sufficiently to teach kids the skills that we have them master.

how do stories play a role in coaching?

The stories allow students to understand themselves through the experiences of others. The situations the characters find themselves in are realistic and relatable. The language is familiar. Very quickly, children begin thinking of their own lives and experiences. In every story, a wise and kind wizard, named Wyatt, becomes visible to the reader, as he arrives to support the struggling or misguided main character(s). His teaching becomes the main strategy that we, as coaches, present to our clients! By embedding the lessons in the stories, they are more memorable and impactful. Children begin to see Wyatt as a hero and in time, through repeated exposure via the vast collection of stories, they learn that a version of Wyatt lives in each of us. He’s the hero within!

I’m concerned about my child’s academic achievement. Can this help?

Yes! There are many reasons why a child may be struggling in school and remember, we are not psychologists. We are educators and what we address are habits of mind that can be developed with proper instruction, reinforcement and time. We DON’T work to make your child more proficient in Math or a stronger writer in ELA. We DO work to develop your child’s inner self by cultivating self-awareness of the mind, how it works, and how habits can be formed, changed or eliminated. What we teach will support your child in all coming pursuits, and that includes learning in the classroom.