When people ask about my work…I can sum it up in one sentence:
“I am an inspired contributor to children globally.”
How I got here is a colourful and interesting story….that started in 1996 in my classroom as a naive teacher who only wanted the best for the children in her care. I was one of those teachers who walked the extra mile and did whatever it took to get the best out of children. Often getting into trouble for challenging the status quo.
The truth is that within a few years, the system crushed my enthusiasm and stole my spark. I knew there was more to life than succeeding academically so I embarked on my quest to educate, motivate and inspire children from the inside out. With no business knowledge and only a heart filled with hope, I started building my dream.
Fast track to today and I now head up The Kids Life Studio®, a global organisation that has an international footprint of world-class Kids Life Coaches who share my enthusiasm and extend my reach.
My drive is to see a world, where labels are not an indication of a child’s true potential, but where every child no matter their background, environment or abilities is seen as a leader.
We never know the extent and reach of our influence and no matter the circumstances I believe in coaching children to coach themselves. My personal experiences have taught me that children can be coached to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams.
I would love to work with you, your child or your organisation to educate, motivate and inspire you to rise above the challenges, embrace the changes and fulfil your deepest, wildest dreams!
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I love sharing my message of hope and inspiration about this journey called life. Having gone through my personal challenges of mental health problems, my particular area of focus is on bringing a message of hope accompanied with practical steps to children, parents and professionals.
I believe that life has a way of sending you exactly what you need to grow and learn. No more and no less. I feel there has been no coincidence that I was unable to be a parent in the traditional sense. This has paved my way to being a world-class Kids Life Coach, dedicated to uplifting other peoples children and promoting their peak performance.
I know that it takes more than a bit of inspiration to pave the way to success, so I pride myself in being practical in my workshops and talks that I offer and my approach is play based and experiential. I understand the value of think, understand and apply as an ex educator and university lecturer and my insights are always accompanied by measurable action steps.
As an author, my talks and workshops are based around the content of my books and can be tailor made according to the needs of your school or organisation. Focusing on children, parents and professionals, I love to see results and a clear outcome. Take a look at what I currently offer or let’s talk about tailor making something for you.
Children are faced with many challenges outside of their control which are causing side effects such as self harm, suicide, bullying, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse. This talk based on my book, THE SECRET PARENT presents a sweeping action plan for achieving the best from children and for harnessing their full potential so that they can grow up strong and resilient and able to break the cycles of potential mental health problems. This all starts with laying a foundation for making healthy lifestyle choices at a young age.
THE SECRET PARENT is not your traditional advice giving talk as it shares the interwoven stories of other peoples’ children whom Zelna had the privilege of coaching. From board room children to street children, all of them have two things in common. They rebranded their childhood by learning how to make better choices relating to the parts of their lives they were able to control. These children were the inspiration behind Zelna finding the strength to do the same and overcome her own mental health struggles.
The culmination of the book, draws attention to the fact that it all starts with every adult taking steps to be a “Secret Parent” in a child’s life. No matter the context, every teacher, sports coach, counsellor, social worker or kids life coach is a role model and in order for children to live a genuinely happy life, they need tour guides who are doing the same and showing them how it should be done.
Currently there are millions of adults who are experiencing a midlife crisis who wish they were still children! Yet ironically, children who should be enjoying their childhood are behaving like mini adults.
What is going on here?
Many adults yearn to live their lives devoid of responsibility and full of reckless play! Yet ironically, children who deserve to be playing, are showing high levels of anxiety and stress that should exclusively belong to adulthood.
Adults sometimes rely on therapy to make sense of their childhoods that shaped them into the adults they no longer want to be. Children are being sent to therapy to become the children they deserve and want to be. Many adults and children share the similarity of participating in destructive behaviour as a temporary bandaid for their pain of dealing with their stress and anxiety relating to demanding lifestyles.
Then there are those who have overcome the hardest of obstacles and have gone on to live an inspired life. There are adults who have become pioneers and making a difference in this world against all odds. What has given them the inside track and the edge to use their childhood adversities to their advantage? What can we learn from this that we can share with children to fast-track their journey to success?
The truth is that every single adult is in the position to rebrand their childhood by maximising their strengths and reframing their negatives. In the process they will not only improve their own life, but the lives of the children they influence. Children need role models, guides and mentors now more than every before. It is up to us as adults to give them a life to aspire to. That is why we all need to work on “Rebranding our Childhood” so that we can give of our best and be our best to inspire children to become the “Leaders of their own lives.”
Do you sometimes wonder what has happened to childhood? Do children have a choice in this ever changing world that is forcing them to grow up so fast? We can’t assume that children will magically be able to stand up to bullies, say no to drugs, be immune to depression, choose not to self harm or worse yet take their own life. What we can do is prevent challenges and obstacles from spiralling out of control by giving children a toolkit for life.
The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, mental health problems in children will increase by 50%. At The Kids Life Studio®, we have decided to make it our mission to actively work towards proving this statistic wrong! We believe that every child needs their own Kids Life Coach to support them to embrace life and to understand the reality that they will probably make mistakes or face challenges but that they have the personal power that makes their choices easy.
In this workshop, you will learn the secrets to Zelna’s Kids Life Coaching Model that has transformed the lives of thousands of children. You will gain insight into her easy tools & techniques that are used by the Kids Life Coaches she has certified globally.