Welcome to Your Family’s Weekly Wellbeing Workout!
For families who want to get real with how they feel.
- Who is it for?
- How can The Energy Pod help my family?
- When and Where?
- How much does it cost?
- What happens in The Energy Pod?
- Why work with Smiley?
- Got some questions?
- The Small Print
Who is The Energy Pod for?
The Energy Pod is for everybody who needs to and wants to create healthy habits for their mental and emotional well being. It will be super useful for …
- Anybody who is anxious or worries a lot
- Anybody who struggles with their anger or has big meltdowns (big people as well as small ones!)
- Anybody who lacks confidence or has stopped believing in themselves
- Anybody who self doubts and needs lots of reassurance
- Anybody who can’t sleep or who takes a long time to settle
- Anybody who is struggling with homework or tests / exams
- Anybody who is afraid of the dark or being alone
- Anybody who wants more structure, connection and calm in their life
- Wildhearts (strong-willed sensitive children) who pick up everybody else’s energy in the room like Velcro
- Busy Mums and Dads who feel overwhelmed by parenting or find it difficult to manage their stress levels (that’s pretty much most of us I think…because let’s face it parenting is a really tough gig)
- Families who struggle to come together and find a shared goal
- Children who have been on a workshop or who have had Smiley coaching and want to maintain what they have learnt
- Families who find themselves in conflict and are aware that they don’t have a healthy conflict resolution style
- Anybody whose feelings are manifesting as headaches, tummy aches or feeling sick
If you are unsure about if your child is the right age for this class, please read my comments in the ‘Got Some Questions?’ tab on here.
“We have all the Smiley Thought Cards, downloads and have watched the videos but we only use them when things reach crisis point.”
We all know that eating our five a day and cleaning our teeth is part of taking care of our physical health. We know that if we don’t drink enough water, we become thirsty and sometimes dehydrated. We visit the Doctors when we get sick but in the meantime, we take care of our bodies and limit things which we know aren’t good for us like sugar, alcohol and refined foods.
Prevention is better than cure …
In my job, lots of people bring their children to coaching when they have reached fever pitch: too angry, too out of control, not sleeping, too worried, too stressed and then they want me to ‘fix’ it. I don’t fix children because we are all broken but what I do wish more than anything is that we would give our children the tools to deal with their emotions.
It starts with us …
If we are showing our children that we are prepared to work on our stuff (yes we all have stuff, none of us are perfect), then they feel more accepted for the way they are. They have a long way to go in terms of catching up with us and sometimes we can’t tell them or teach them, they hear us when we show them.
So how do we know the state of our emotional and mental health? We don’t and lots of us don’t do daily practices (or habits or rituals) which help our mental and emotional health. Read this blog post for 10 Obvious Signs of A Stressed Child that Parents Often Ignore. So what happens is, we leave it until it manifests in maladaptive behaviour before we take action
Signs that our emotional or mental wellbeing are suffering are:
- We are struggling to sleep or relax (we have busy brains that we can’t switch off)
- We feel overwhelmed or spend a lot of time worrying about things which are out of our control
- We have lost our appetite or are eating a lot of sugar
- We are reliant on caffeine to make it through the day or we are reliant on alcohol to destress and wind down
- We have become a shouty house or are often on the brink of emotional meltdowns
- We live with ADHD, ADD, Autism or SPD which means we find it hard to regulate our feelings
- We have been bullied and have lost our way
- We feel resentful, cranky and overstretched (we find it hard to say no)
- We are impatient and expect others to change so that we feel ok
- We have low self esteem or lack confidence in our ability (self doubt looms and we are seeking validation)
- We are easily triggered by other people’s words or behaviour and can get easily angered or upset
When do they happen?
Every Monday at 5pm for 45 minutes. Each workout is recorded so if you book and you can’t come, then you will be emailed a link to the playback.
Where do they take place?
From the comfort of your own home. You click on a link and enter a closed Facebook Group where you can access the class. You can watch it on a tablet, your phone, a laptop or even stream it through your TV. This is a one way broadcast where you cannot be seen or heard. You can interact with the class by typing into the chat roll.
How safe are we online?
You are safe in the closed Facebook Group and any comments you type will appear in your news feed (because you are a member of the group but they will NOT be seen by your Facebook friends and family). Members of the group will also see your comment and you will see their comments.
How much does it cost?
Each 45 minute class is £10 pay as you go. We do require 24 hours notice in the event of a cancellation.
It’s a new kind of gym where you don’t need any sportswear!
Just as you would work out your body and nourish with healthy foods and water, The Energy Pod is a unique opportunity for you to step out of your busy life and focus on your emotional wellbeing. It’s a fusion of music, fun, yoga, meditation, games, challenges and other Smiley coaching stuff which takes place every Monday at 5pm.
🌈 The Energy Pod takes you from the chaos of everyday life to more moments of calm.
🌈 The Energy Pod strengthens your emotional resilience so you can cope when life goes a bit wonky.
🌈 The Energy Pod brings your family together and gives you a shared goal (you’re all on the same side remember!).
🌈 The Energy Pod is a safe, fun and transformational space for you and your family to regroup, take time out, share, observe, learn and emotionally connect with each other in a positive way.
🌈 The Energy Pod is a place to shake up (motivate and energise) or shake down (relax and wind down) your energy.
🌈 The Energy Pod is a place to slow down and learn the art of being which is vital for healthy mind, body and soul.
Each class is for 45 minutes and will include some physical activities, some fun learning, and an opportunity for parents and children to ask me anything they like about their emotional and mental wellbeing.
Often called The Smiley Coach, Lisa Parkes is a qualified and experienced Life Coach who works with children aged 7 up. Lisa gives them life skills and practical coping strategies for life’s hiccups. She has helped hundreds of children become self aware and develop a positive outlook on life; beating their fears, worries and stresses about homework, exams, friendship struggles, bullying, nerves and anxiety to name but a few. Lisa is passionate about helping children feel great from the inside out. Her creative coaching workshops and 1-2-1 sessions help children develop self belief, positive thinking and most of all to find their own way without judgement in a safe and trusted environment. Lisa is also the creator of Smiley Thought Cards; positive affirmations which encourage emotional intelligence and connect families with love.
Have some questions? Let me help you …
How safe are we online?
You are very safe with me. I know how to take care of you and your child online so that they feel safe and secure. Your child will feel safe because they are in the comfort of their own home and they will follow your lead. So it helps if you can be confident and comfortable with it all.
- The Energy Pod is held using in a closed Facebook Group.
- People can choose to actively participate by typing into the chat roll or not.
- I do not share your email address or personal details with anybody.
What age group is this for?
I think children age 5 upwards could do this but if you are doing it and enjoying it, they will follow your lead. I can remember working out to Jane Fonda with my Mum when I was little. I so wanted to be with my Mum and grown up like her. Of course and my Mum was happy when she was practising good self care and role modelling it to me. If you are a parent of little ones, then you could come to this class and learn these strategies and exercises and find your own way to introduce them to your child.
Children won’t know how old the other children are at the class because they will be in their own bubble at home enjoying their experience and they will hear what is relevant and necessary for them. The workout with be engaging enough to hold their attention.
A small note about age: I take the Montessori approach to children of different ages learning from each other. Often our fears that something maybe unsuitable, babyish, too grown up or not appropriate for our child can simply be our fears. Parents will often tell me that my branding is aimed at very young children and yes, it’s true: my branding is rainbows and primary colours. However, the reality is that adults could enjoy and benefit from Smiley coaching and often do. Parents are learning through their children. When we get caught up in how things look or seem, we are making a judgement and reflecting what is going on for us. Judgement is fear. That said, obviously you know your child, but be mindful of this. Let them come along and don’t have an opinion on it, see how they find it. Let them discover for themselves.
How does The Energy Pod differ from 121 coaching or workshops?
My 8-week signature 1-2-1 coaching coaching programme is a combination of face-to-face sessions with Skype Check Ins, videos and worksheets all lovingly put together specifically for your child’s unique circumstances.
In a creative coaching workshop 9 local children come together to have fun with arts, crafts and games. Well-loved topics are confidence, friendship and worries. A workshop is a safe and relaxed space for children to explore their feelings.
The Energy Pod is a weekly workout fusion of yoga, mindfulness, music, fun, games and laughter designed to give families practical tools which they can take into their hearts and homes to take care of their mental and emotional well being. It is vital for thriving in the busy world we live in and is preventative maintenance for those of us who sometimes find life overwhelming (urrrm that’s most of us isn’t it?!). It gets them committed to making this all important self care a priority.
What if we can’t make Mondays?
I may introduce other class days and times so make sure you are signed up to the newsletter to stay in touch. The workouts will be recorded. So you could book yourself in and get a copy of the recording. The advantage of coming to the live class is that you are able to ask me questions and get involved. Being in the energy of the group is powerful. Think of chicken wings marinading for a BBQ 😉
How does it work?
- Book your class online for £10. Each week we will follow a similar format (so children learn through repetition and it’s easy for you to replicate at home) but we will also follow a theme. Sometimes if the children get involved I follow their lead and go off piste! It’s about the energy of the group and what is right for you.
- Prior to the call you will be sent a link so you can join the call. Make sure you have a Facebook account or know somebody who will let you use their account.
- After the class, you will be sent any follow up materials, downloads and bonuses.
How do I explain what this is to my child?
If it’s your first time working with me, I understand. Think about it like watching a TV programme with some fun activities to draw or write or questions to answer. Like a quiz show or watching Mr Motivator (do you remember him?!) on the TV doing an exercise class. Or if your child is a bit older it’s like watching YouTube or make the comparison with something else they enjoy doing online. If you are comfortable about doing it, then they will be too. It may take a few classes for them to get into their groove but like anything new there is no pressure and no rush. Everybody works to the beat of their own drum.
My child is resistant or nervous, how do I get them to come?
This is normal we expect them to be when it’s something new. They will take your lead so if you are confident and feeling excited about the class, they will be too. Children will relish this special moment to be close and hang out with you. Especially when we are doing relaxation exercises, you can pull them close and snuggle. I don’t know any child who doesn’t want to do that!
What usually happens is you get so lost in the moment having fun that the time flies by and you don’t want it to end. There is no room for boredom in a Smiley live class. You can show them my YouTube channel so they feel as if they know me already. Anxious children are looking for safety so give them age appropriate information and get them excited about coming.
I’m not good with technology and don’t think this is for us.
You don’t have to be a wizard with tech stuff. Besides maybe your children will intuitively know what to do. They seem to know way more than I do these days – I must be getting old.
Like anything new, the first time you do it, may take some getting used to. Sometimes our fear of things new makes us think we can’t do it, but when we start rocking out something new, we feel good for mastering it and it’s never as tricky as we think it is. If you are really worried: get in touch and I will help you.
What if this isn’t enough to help my child?
I hope to make time to take questions from you and your child about anything which is bothering them. In a group scenario I can’t always give individual feedback but I will try to. I am doing these live classes so that I can reach and support more people as not everybody can make it to workshops and 121 Coaching.
If you have a specific issue which you would like to discuss with me book a Parents Clarity Call and we can talk other options.
Can I invite my friends?
Yes of course! The more the merrier. You can send your friend the link to sign up. Just cut and paste it into a text or an email. www.smileyforlife.com/energypod
I base my coaching on my Life Coaching Diploma, Child Coaching Diploma and my direct and vast 10 year experience of working with adolescents and children. I draw from my observations and insights as to which techniques and actions have created the most success. I am NOT a medical professional or licensed psychologist. For issues with medical or psychological gravitas, my input is to be considered just that: input. I am not liable for the actions, behaviours, mental or emotional states of my clients (even though I do care about clients and want the best for them, I prefer to refer clients to a qualified alternative professional who is more suited to their needs). Every effort has been made to accurately represent the power of coaching and its potential. However, each individual’s success depends on his or her honesty, dedication, desire and motivation.
I’m so excited to work with your family!
My goal is to help families get comfortable with their feelings and learn fun, easy and practical ways to live with them. I want to work with families who are committed to making this all important self care a priority and role model it to their children. In The Energy Pod all feelings are allowed and we treat them like energy. We will learn all about them and find ways to lift, lower and clean our energy. We will have fun doing it and we will get comfortable and reframe some of those more negative emotions (they aren’t negative but sometimes the behaviour they create is unacceptable). Your feelings impact your health when they are suppressed or left to fester.
Everybody has their own version of happiness
More money, bigger house, nice holidays, less worry, no drama. I don’t know what yours is. The point is that happiness is not a destination and it’s not something you find outside of you (sorry to rock out all the cliches but we need to get really clear!) Happiness is a state of mind. It’s the ability to understand yourself and your emotions.
⭐ The ability to be emotionally resilient when it all goes a bit wonky.
⭐ The ability to remain calm and recognise what your emotions are telling you.
⭐ The ability to sit with our most uncomfortable feelings and not react but respond.
This stuff takes practice and we learn through repetition. None of us have got it completely nailed and all of us are human and have days where life gets the better of us. Lots of parents say to me that they bring their child to coaching when things reach fever pitch. With this class, you won’t get to that place because you will have the knowledge, confidence and tools to handle any emotion that comes your way. Your child will be on board too. What a team!
Then there’s a workout for your mind!
Another little secret to happiness is getting into your body and out of that anxiety ridden head (yes I know I’ve got one too) but this is a life style and needs consistent small steps. That’s why I created the Smiley Thought Cards because I wanted to help you to train your brain to think in a more positive way. A gym for your brain in a small box – genius. Your mindset is everything! I have even more tips, tricks and Smiley moves up my sleeve and I want to share them with you!
The truth is lots of us (big and small people) live with anxiety
We live in a crazily busy world where overwhelm is fast becoming the norm for lots of us and we are too busy to do anything about it. Oh the irony. We are addicted to the busyness. What are we all running from? One of my most well read blog posts is The Letter to a Busy Mum. It’s like this perpetual state of doing -doing-doing has got us on the run and we don’t slow down. We are bombarded by messages saying do this and do that and look at what so and so is doing and why aren’t you doing that too? It’s a bad habit and it affects our health. It affects our child’s health. They live in a space where we are stressed and angst ridden and it’s like head lice, it spreads like wildfire into their little hearts and minds. Sadly, they don’t have the strategies to deal with this. They don’t learn this stuff at school and if we are taking society’s lead, then we aren’t teaching it to them either.
Come and feel good in The Energy Pod!
So from the comfort of your own home, how about you join me every Monday at 5pm with your gorgeous family and do a workout for your mind body and soul? You will find yourself creating a routine and just like you go to the gym or clean your teeth so you don’t end up with nasty fillings, The Energy Pod will become part of your family and your everyday life.