Isabella Lambauer and Wade Bergner
As a child, Wade was labeled with a reading disability. This label etched a level of empathy within him that runs deep. His misplaced self-worth created unnecessary stress and disconnect in his life. He leaned into overachievement in athletics and business in the hope that this would drown out his false beliefs. What may have appeared to others as a constructive approach to evolve, was without question, an unhealthy and unbalanced approach to life.
Through his evolution, he’s come to believe that a child’s mind is like a new computer, devouring all information that crosses their path (good and bad). At a child’s early development stage, they are desperately seeking guidance to formulate an identity that will serve them.
Our studies have shown that by the time a child reaches the age of 18, they’ve heard (don’t do or don’t say) over 150,000 times, compared to less than 2,000 words associated with encouragement, self-worth, and belief. This ratio wreaks havoc on a child’s subconscious mind as they seek to mold their identity. We have the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to reinforce a child’s unconditional self-worth, through our mission!
Isabella has been working with children since she can remember, babysitting the neighbors’ kids, working as an aupair and studying Early Childhood Development. Growing up as the youngest of five children always made her feel like she didn’t belong. Starting in kindergarten, she struggled to fit in, as she wanted to play with the gigantic playhouse, rather than sitting down doing exercises in the workbook, which she wholeheartedly rejected. That early experience really shaped her trajectory and created the belief that she was a “bad” student.
It wasn’t until her mid-twenties that she stepped out of this belief that “she can’t study well” and started going back to school to learn more about Early Childhood Development. For the first time she realized that she was in fact a “good” student and realized that she enjoyed studying! She knew that if she could learn more about Early Childhood Development, she could help others that had similar experiences to her and prevent future generations from going through this struggle. She learned that our early years are the most influential ones, where we form our habits, thinking patterns and self-beliefs. This realization explained why she had thought so little of herself for so long.
She was determined to share her findings with the world and her passion grew when she met Wade. After masterminding together, Wade and Isabella realized that their vision was in great alignment and together they created the Real U, empowering children around the world, giving everyone the chance to thrive!
SHARED BIO INFO:
Real U creates easy to use peer-to-peer training videos teaching mindFUNness by strengthening self-esteem using our senses and equipping children with a “bully-proof” vest. Our training provides children with tools to empower them and teaches skill-sets necessary to withstand different challenges. Instilling self-worth in children boosts mental and emotional well-being.
Real U’s intention is to effectively embed these powerful skills and practices through repetition. Creating a routine that children practice daily will have a profound effect on our next generation. We know that if these strategies are implemented on a consistent basis, kids will be equipped with valuable life navigation skills!
Isabella and Wade have created an impactful program that prepares children (ages 4-10), regardless of race or ethnicity, for their future with early and consistent practice. A recent Harvard study points out, “it is easier and less costly to form strong brain circuits during the early years than it is to intervene or ‘fix’ them later.” That is where our passion lies, bringing convenient tools to educators and caregivers.
Real U’s peer-to-peer learning approach, lets children easily learn from each other. This technique has been used in school settings effectively for years; younger children are simply more receptive to learning from their older peers.
To make it easy and valuable, Real U’s 3-10 minute long videos are available through streaming technology and an internet connection, allowing parents anywhere in the world to easily run the program without intensive training.