Tanya Marinelli is determined to make kids feel empowered.
The Oakbank life coach of Live Well-ness Life Coaching (livewell-ness.com) ran a two-week program during the summer called Empowering Kids Summer Day Camp, teaching youth how to complete self-affirmations and assess high and low vibrations. It was so successful that Marinelli has launched a six-week Empowering Kids class, which began Oct. 25 and will run through Nov. 21. Marinelli is inviting all kids aged six to 12 to participate. The class costs $175, taking place at Glenwood Community Centre (27 Overton St.).
"I introduced them to positive affirmations throughout the week. They would recite affirmations, and by the end of the week, they were creating their own affirmations," Marinelli said. "One thing that even brings me to tears was at the beginning of the week, these kids weren’t able to come up with one positive word about themselves. At the end of the week, they were shouting, ‘I’m beautiful’, ‘I’m strong’, and it gave me shivers."
Lynne Nelson, mother of a seven-year-old boy who attended the program, said she saw an immediate change in her son after he went through the camp, and recited positive affirmations regularly afterwards.
"He would say he was strong one day, and say, ‘Mom, I’m happy today,’" Nelson said.
Another part of the program involved the kids using the concept of high or low vibrations to point out how they felt, using a wall to help gauge the feelings they were having.
"I’m standing by a wall, and put my hand up to a higher part of the wall for ‘high vibrations’ and to a lower part of the wall for ‘low vibrations,’" Marinelli said.
High vibrations represent excitement and happiness, whereas low vibrations mean sadness and loneliness. Marinelli would ask each child where they were located on the scale, and they would each take turns explaining how they were feeling according to the scale.
"It’s just to assist them to recognize what they feel," Marinelli said.
Marinelli is also running a cooking class called "Real Foods Cooking Class for Kids" at Mary Jane’s Cooking School in Wolseley (252 Arlington St.). The course runs every Monday night from 6 to 7:15 p.m. from Nov 18 to Dec. 16.
"I combine (some of the Empowering Kids program) into the cooking class," Marinelli said. "While they’re cooking or baking, I really assist them and just pump them up."
"If anybody has kids that are very shy and timid, they should be in these classes. They will be so empowered," Nelson said.
Kids can still register for the classes by visiting empoweringkidsdaycamp.weebly.com and realfoodscookingclassforkids.weebly.com