Hi, My Name Is Lauren, And I Believe That All Children Can Achieve.
I started Omatas because I saw that there were so many children who needed more than just extra lessons and once-a-week therapies. They needed to find their mojo again.
I also saw the lost moms and the silent dads being thrown into the world of ‘your son’s not good enough’, and I recognized the cycle of grief and the confusion of jargon and products and promises.
No one is preparing our young parents for the school years. Especially when things start to go wrong. We aren’t expecting to hear that our child isn’t coping and won’t pass the year. We don’t know how to process the information about extra help and different schools and therapies.
I my story, my husband and I drew the line when our precious 8 year old daughter was being overworked, over therapied and over talked. This couldn’t be the answer. There had to be something else.
Omatas emerged almost out of nowhere. All of the studying and experimenting and sharing were coming together. And then we got the push we needed. She was set to fail again. Three schools later, countless extra hours, and we were still where we started. Well not entirely, because the journey hadn’t begun in the first meeting we had about her failing. Her journey began way before that when she was very young and happy and carefree. We knew that girl would be able to handle these things. Not the little school girl being broken by every red pen mark, classroom jeer or extra lesson after school.
She had to go back to being happy, accepting herself and getting to know herself again.
Omatas is not a place for kids who are coping, though a small dose of us is a breath of air, it is a place for kids who are being smothered by the system and need some room to develop the skills that are not strong enough yet, to find their courage and their will to work harder than others to achieve.
“You can’t call it swimming if someone else is moving your arms for you.” Lauren Edmunds
The only way that a child learns something new is if they want to and they put their attention on it.