Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Teen Wisdom Inc: An Interview with Tami Walsh, M.A.
A recognized expert in the teen community, Tami has appeared on both local and national radio and television shows including KUSI and SD 6 News, as well as TLC's 10 Years Younger and NBC's The Other Half. Tami has been a featured expert on the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.com website, has spoken to over 10,000 teens nationwide, and is the author of the top selling “Did-Wells Journal” for teen girls and popular audio series for parents, “Communication: Turning Battles Into Bridges With Your Teen.”
Currently Tami can be seen in the feature film, “The Compass” with other world renowned speakers and authors including Joe Vitale and Brian Tracy. Tami is a graduate of UCLA and received her Master's Degree from Loyola Marymount University. I was really excited to hear her insights about things we can do for teens today.
Shelly Rachanow: Teenagers often face some major pressure and stress in their lives. Tell us more about your program Teen Wisdom.
Tami Walsh: We are the world leader in teen life coaching and have helped over 20,000 girls in the last 11 years. Teen Wisdom Certified coaches worldwide are empowering girls to know and honor themselves, and to make decisions they can be proud of! We also focus on helping girls create a future they can be excited about!!
Shelly Rachanow: From cliques to drugs to boys to wanting to be accepted, it can be tough for teens to enjoy their teen years. But you’ve got some secrets to help them do just that. What are a few that you can share?
Tami Walsh: One of the key principles the Teen Wisdom Program is based upon is the importance of having a strong sense of self. One way we do this is through a tool we use called, “The Did-Wells Journal” which teaches girls how to define their worth based on the inner vs. their outer qualities. It is a tool girls use for at least 30 days and it transforms the way they see themselves. Teen girls today need to have an inner voice that is louder than that of the media, their peers, and oftentimes themselves. We also focus on teaching girls how to STOP the negative competition and comparison going on amongst them through our Oneness4Girls program which is one of my favorites!
Shelly Rachanow: What can parents do to better communicate with their teens, and to help them move through these years with self-love and self-respect?
Tami Walsh: I get asked this question a lot and the one thing I can say is: LISTEN, LISTEN AND LISTEN SOME MORE…oh, and WITHOUT JUDGMENT. This is not always easy but listening is the #1 need teens have from their parents, who often make them feel lectured and misunderstood.
Shelly Rachanow: You have a new program called Oneness4Girls that specifically addresses the gossip, rumors, and exclusion teen girls sometimes face. How does this program help tear down the walls girls can build around each other?
Tami Walsh: Yes, the Oneness4Girls program focuses on helping girls see each other as allies and ASSETS to one another vs. adversaries or “frenemies” It is time to empower girls to treat each other with respect. We don’t EVER want to see or read about one more girl who takes her own life due to bullying or cyberbullying by other girls.
Shelly Rachanow: You have a quote on your web site, which I love: Your Life = Your Habits. Your Habits = Your Life. What are some of the most important habits you encourage teens to adopt today.
Say “please” and “thank you” to your parents everyday!!
Find one thing you like about your body every time you look in the mirror. Yes, every time!
Dream big by making a list of your Top 100 dreams and take action on at least one of your dreams everyday.
See your mistakes as lessons. Just like you have tests in school, you will have tests in life.
Shelly Rachanow: And last, the 'If Women Ran the World Blog' question for everyone - What would you do if you ran the world?
Tami Walsh: I would have a large council of teen girls advising me on exactly how to run the world to make it a more harmonious, peaceful and equal place for all. Their wisdom, humor, and passion for living in the moment would ensure that I’d not only be the hippest dressed world leader, but the most relevant and inspired one, too!
To learn more about Tami’s Certified Teen Wisdom™ Life Coach Training Program and other programs to empower teen girls, please visit http://www.teenwisdom.com/. You can also find Tami on Facebook: Teen Wisdom, and Twitter: @TamiWalsh.