Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Rood.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Erica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been drawn to working with young people. From volunteering at youth shelters to teaching both locally and internationally, and now offering a unique blend of coaching and teaching to girls and parents, helping raise wise, motivated, and empowered young people is my passion and purpose.
During my teaching years, girls would often confide in me, sharing their struggles with self-esteem, body image, friendships, family dynamics, and school. They were afraid to turn to their parents for fear of being misunderstood and didn’t want to turn to their friends for fear of being gossiped about. They felt alone and unsure. I did my best to guide and advise, but always felt restricted by time and curriculum. I wanted to do more to help them understand themselves and feel confident in handling the unique challenges they were facing.
Shortly after writing my master’s thesis on relational aggression, which included a curriculum to teach girls about building their emotional intelligence and handling social challenges, I heard about a career called Teen Life Coaching. It was described as a field devoted to self-discovery, action, and accountability. A profession that focuses on building personal strengths, setting goals, overcoming obstacles, and ultimately moving forward with confidence and intention. I thought this is it!
In 2012, I took a risk. I left my full-time teaching job, became a certified Teen Wisdom Life Coach, and started my teen coaching practice. During my first year of coaching teens, I became acutely aware that parents were also struggling. They were exhausted, frustrated, and extremely worried that their daughter might go down the wrong path.
Their parent-lens clouded their ability to fully understand what their daughter was going through and reach her in a meaningful way. Similar to their daughters, parents needed new tools and fresh perspective. I added a parent coaching component to my teen coaching programs and noticed that when parents took a different approach, they experienced positive change in their relationship with their teen and supported their teen’s personal growth.
Coaching parents and girls is my calling. I am honored to be able to provide girls with a safe, judgment-free environment where they can uncover their core values, identify their unique strengths, and fulfill their greatest potential. It is an additional honor to provide parents with an outside perspective, realistic solutions, and new practices that lead to fewer battles, less frustration, better communication, deeper respect, and trust. Ultimately, creating more ease and enjoyment during the teen years.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As with all things new and unfamiliar, there have been bumps in the road. However, all of the struggles have led to new understanding and growth, both personally and professionally. The first road-bump was gaining the courage to leave my full-time teaching job and follow my passion. It was a risk and one that didn’t promise the same level of financial stability or job security as teaching.
Also, while I knew I could effectively coach teens and parents, I didn’t know much about business and marketing! I went through a huge learning curve (and continue to learn) thanks to amazing coaches and mentors. Now, my main challenge is balancing new projects, current clients, speaking gigs, and consistently marketing so people learn the benefits of coaching for preteens, teens, and parents.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a life coach who specializes in working with preteen and teen girls and parents of teens. As a parent coach, I provide support, insight, and valuable information related to raising teens. I give parents a fresh perspective and practical parenting techniques that reduce frustration and fighting and enhance communication, respect, and trust.
I’m known for helping preteen and teen girls gain self-awareness, confidence, and essential life skills. What makes me most proud is when a girl I coach has an “ah ha” moment! When she catches on to herself and embraces her unique abilities, strengths, and new understandings of how to build and maintain healthy relationships, manage stress, be self-reliant, and resilient.
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