Mentoring Your Children: Sweet Spot or THUD?

Presented by: Angela Baker

Are you struggling to understand what mentoring is and how to do it with your children? Do you feel more frustrated than not? Does the atmosphere in your mentor meetings seem awkward and forced? If so, you are not alone; many parents experience roadblocks as they try to mentor their children. But the art of mentoring is especially important for parents to learn and so worth the effort. Mentoring engages the student and allows him to tap into his internal sense of purpose and direction. Through mentoring you can teach your children the skills of personal leadership and help them develop and share their God-given genius. Mentoring is about responding to and connecting deeply with your children. In learning how to create this powerful environment, you will increase your ability to positively influence your children. In this workshop, Angela demonstrates how to identify some of the roadblocks you face and how to move past them. You will get a clearer understanding of what mentoring is and how to do it. Angela also shares the 3-Step Mentor Model for avoiding the frustrating THUD in your mentor meetings and creating instead the Sweet Spot of satisfying connection and success.


When asked what she does, Angela Baker responds enthusiastically, “I do people!” She sees genius and beauty in every person and passionately believes that education should be about discovering and growing that genius. This life-long passion led her to seek alternative education for her children. She is an authentic, down-to-earth home educator of twenty-one years who knows the ups and downs of her “business.” Angela is the mother of seven children. She and her family live on a one-acre farm in rural Erda, Utah, where the main crop is children. Angela is a well-loved speaker whose talent for weaving stories with principles creates a memorable experience for her audiences. She is also an experienced parent coach and youth mentor.
In order to inspire youth to dig deep and engage in a rigorous scholar experience, Angela founded Erda Youth Leadership Academy. She is a mentor for Elevation—Williamsburg Academy’s outdoor high school leadership program—where she invites youth to challenge themselves by climbing rock walls and rappelling over cliffs. She is a certified relationship coach through Townsend Relationship Center. Her formal education includes a bachelor’s in family science and a master’s in education. A cherished highlight of her homeschool journey and years of motherhood is the happy hours of reading to her children. She enjoys quiet study, fiery sunsets, family dancing in the kitchen, climbing mountains and rock walls, and refreshing moments of just sitting.

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