I was lucky to grow up in a family where we could talk openly about pretty much anything. My mom especially, always wanted me to feel comfortable talking with her about things like puberty, sex, and the birds and the bees and as a kid, I did.
As I grew up, I became less likely to go to my mom or dad with my questions and instead turned to my friends. (Which definitely was not always the best choice!) It wasn’t that my parents, or at least my mom, wasn’t still comfortable talking with me, I just wasn’t as comfortable talking with them.
I wish there had been a class like Time for the Talk that I could have taken with my mom when I was growing up. To have learned how to make good decisions as well as how to keep communicating with my parents, would have really helped me as I became a teenager and had to deal with typical teenage challenges. (Which I didn’t always handle well!)
In college I studied Communication, and loved learning about what helps families communicate and what styles shut communication down.
Over the years, I have continued my love of helping people talk about difficult subjects. I am a credentialed teacher and taught Family Life Education for several years to my 6th graders. It was during this time that I realized how thirsty they were for information and how great it would be if their parents where included in our lively discussions.
A few years ago (with the help of my dear friend Torie!) I began offering classes in my community, that parents take with their preteen. This includes our popular Time for the Talk series as well as classes on Cybersafety and Cyberbullying prevention.
I am thrilled to bring our sex education program to you, and hope that from these classes you and your child are able to OPEN the lines of communication and stay connected through the teen years.