Support for Parents of Youth Athletes

Freeing the Parent’s Mind – The Route to Harmony at Home!

Nowadays, there are many resources available to help parents navigate the modern world of sport with their child. Parents are encouraged in all sports to adhere to the parent’s code of conduct, behaving in a way which is supportive to all children, coaches and fellow parents, in a caring, respectful and friendly manner.

There are many suggestions, via behavioural checklists for parents to gauge how you are doing whilst on the sidelines at competitions and every day in your child’s life. You get to assess yourself against recognised model behaviours. If you fall short of the requirements, you are expected to make the necessary adjustments, especially if your conduct in public is deemed to be unhelpful!

Until now, the onus is on the parents to work it out as best you can, you must cope with their tears and fears, and at the same time, battle with and balance your reactions. Well, what if, coping is not the best on offer? What if there IS something you could profoundly understand about the human mind, that would allow you to feel at ease, have peace of mind, no matter what’s going on with your child and their sporting activities, would you be interested?

Join me Denise Holland and my very special guest Erika Bugbee for a 2-part webinar series

Tuesday 19th November 2019 (19.00 GMT, 14.00 EST, 11.00 PDT)

Tuesday 26th November 2019 (19.00 GMT, 14.00 EST, 11.00 PDT)

Both Erika Bugbee and Denise Holland, specialise in working with the youth and parents. Between them they have over 50 years experience in supporting young people to lead high performance, happy and fulfilling lives. We live in a fast-paced highly digital era, which sees many young people innocently looking for validation on social media via their phone. Identity and self-image issues among the youth is rising, which results in increased levels of anxiety and under-achievement. You as parents are their first line of support, but how best can you help them navigate a world which you know very little about!

Let us help you:

  • To help your child to handle selections and feedback with greater clarity and confidence.

  • Know what to do and what not to do to help your child when they get upset and lose motivation.

  • To understand the innocent trap of comparing your child’s performances to others.

  • To realise where to look when you feel stressed about your child’s upset and challenging behaviours.

  • When you see their talent and feel frustrated they are not being given the opportunities they deserve.

For twenty years Erika Bugbee, M.A. has specialised in helping young adults find more confidence and peace of mind, and handle pressure, stress, and uncertainty more gracefully.

Previously a partner at Pransky and Associates, a consulting and coaching practice outside Seattle, Washington, she co-founded the Online Learning Division of the company and co-created a suite of online courses on personal development and relationships that have reached 35 countries around the globe.

The founder of Erika Bugbee Coaching, Erika provides in-person coaching programs as well as phone- and video-coaching programs to teenagers, young adults, and parents from across the globe.

Erika earned her bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon, and her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from City University in Seattle, Washington. She is a frequent webinar presenter and speaks at conferences both nationally and internationally.

Erika has been married for 20 years and has two teenagers, aged 15 and 18. Outside of work she loves music, her dogs, road trips, and binge-watching a good tv series.

A Complimentary 2-Part Webinar Series – Support for Parents of Youth Athletes

Freeing the Parent’s mind – The Route to Harmony at Home!

Your chance to hear from Performance Coaches, Erika Bugbee and Denise Holland, who collectively have over 50 years experience working with our youth. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and explore case scenario’s in order for you to find solutions and live more peacefully, secure in the knowledge that you are doing your best as a parent to support your child in sport.

How does this conversation help parents to effectively support their child to progress and learn?

It’s an incredible feeling to watch our kids excel at something, like a sport. We want them to feel the confidence and fulfilment of reaching their own potential. Yet when they face the inevitable losses, setbacks, or performance slumps, their reactions can range from getting discouraged, withdrawn, or apathetic, to self-loathing, wanting to give up the sport, or wanting to give up on life.

For parents, it can be excruciating to watch, and they often have no idea how to support them. The key for parents is to keep their own composure lead with strength, rather than reacting with their own frustration, intensity, or the urge to be controlling.

Parents that can find their own grace and resilience when their kids struggle tend to raise kids that learn to find resilience for themselves. The result is that over time, the ups and downs of sports take less of a toll on them and allow for their spark and motivation to come back.

Why would parents be interested in this webinar series? What’s in it for them?

We’ve found that when parents spend less time in frustration, intensity, and upset within themselves in the face of their kids’ struggles and challenges, their kids tend to recover their own equilibrium faster. Kids feed off the parents’ energy, and as parents wake up to that fact, the entire household doesn’t spiral down every time their kid loses a big game.

The benefit for parents is that they become less negatively affected by their kids’ ups and downs, they have a calmer household, and most importantly, they’re ultimately bringing out more resilience in their kids to take with them into the rest of life.

Register for a Complimentary 2-Part Webinar Series

What People Say About Working With Denise

I used to struggle to remain calm and confident in stressful situations, what others think of me, what would happen if I did something wrong? We are all capable of achieving, no part of our abilities is lacking! This programme has truly changed me for the best and is perfect during my final year of University.

Hannah Salem
Third Year Student - The University of Kent - Sports Therapy

Denise has a tremendous understanding of how to achieve elite performance in sport. Her contagious enthusiasm is motivating and inspires you to the next level

Lesley MacDonald
Scotland National Netball Athlete (107 caps)

Before I took part in Denise’s Health and Well Being programme, I stressed in many situations; it would prevent me from taking part in different things. I now look at the situations holistically and not let thoughts prevent me from putting myself forward.

Charlie Harris
2nd-year student – The University of Greenwich – Forensic science with Criminology Student

I am so grateful to have worked with Denise, I used to float in and out of different moods and believed it was other things and situations causing them. Honestly, this understanding has changed my life.

Nadia McMillian
Third Year Student - The University of Kent, Sport and Exercise Science.

I enjoyed speaking with Denise about the mind and performance. The conversations were very insightful and always had me challenging and questioning the status quo regarding mental performance. The critical pointer Denise gave was that our natural state is freedom of mind, clarity and potential. We don’t need to overexert the mind to find these states. Searching for them often leads us further into tension. I found this very relatable to direct experiences in life and sport.

Grayson Hart
Scotland International Rugby Player - London Scottish FC

I appreciate the support Denise gave me when I was transitioning into my new role at Leinster and helping me understand how to ‘free my mind!

Stuart Lancaster
Senior Coach Leinster Rugby – Former England Rugby Coach

I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Denise when we met in America. It would be easy to accuse me of exaggeration or sensationalising by making the following statement, but I can only offer you the truth as I see it.

Matthew Roberts
England International High Jumper who came back from breaking his neck!

Denise is impressive in her abilities by any standard. Her ability to teach and develop those around her, mark her out as someone with exceptional leadership and coaching skills. I constantly seek advice and counsel from her and trust her implicitly.

Floyd Woodrow MBE
Chairman and CEO of Chrysalis Worldwide

Denise has been instrumental in my evolving understanding of the Three Principles and how they specifically apply in high-performance sport. Her insightful and intuitive way of working has challenged and deepened my fundamental understanding of all human performance. I’ll always be appreciative of her significant role in my development as a performance director and coach.

Richard Pybus
Founder & CEO Optimal Performance - Former Director of Cricket - West Indies Cricket Board

Denise has the skills and experience to wake people up to deeper knowledge about themselves. In the sporting arena, this knowledge happens to be crucially important.

Adam Ashe
Professional Rugby Player – Glasgow Warriors

I enjoyed this course very much as it improved my shooting technique and accuracy dramatically. I learned that you do not have to be controlled by your negative thoughts because they are not you.

Harriet Bonner-Leney
Age 12

Denise’s new approach is great for teamwork, we don’t get upset with each other anywhere near as much, and get over disappointments quickly.

Amelia Davies
Third Year Student - The University of Kent, Sports and Excercise for Health