Six years ago, I thought my journey as a Brownie Troop leader had come to an end. I had worked with an amazing group of 12 little girls who’d become young women right before my eyes as we played, adventured, crafted, laughed, learned and gave back together, all the way from Daisies through Juniors. Our […]
One of the points Nurse Leslie is consistent on in all her classes is how important fostering good self-esteem in ourselves and our kids is. Did you know there’s a relationship between how good your kids feel and the kinds of decisions they make? It might seem obvious when put that way, but helping your […]
Another pro parenting tip from Nurse Leslie is that knowledge can help keep your kids safe. A lot of parents think that information might lead to experimentation, but the evidence says otherwise– it’s uninformed curiosity that leads to misinformation from unreliable sources and risky behaviors. Watch this video to learn more!
If keeping your kids safe is your primary priority, you might be surprised how far keeping an open dialogue goes towards supporting that. Making it safe and comfortable for your kids to come to you about anything means that you’ll be in on what they need help with from the earliest possible minute. Nurse Leslie […]
April is STD Awareness Month, and Nurse Leslie wants parents to think about the connection between education and safety when it comes to this uncomfortable topic. FACT: The current STD rate for teens is 10 million cases each year. To lower the numbers will take education, fearlessness and the willingness for everyone to agree to […]
Capping our month-long conversation about consent and healthy boundaries, Nurse Leslie dives deeper on what enthusiastic, informed consent is.
Talking to kids about consent and healthy boundaries is critical– a conversation that should begin young and include both boys and girls. Nurse Leslie gives parents a little guidance on how to approach this important topic in today’s video.
Are you a girl or woman with a menstrual cycle who gets frustrated or worried by the sudden changes in mood, energy and health that are linked to your hormones? Ever wish you could go back to a time when you didn’t have a menstrual cycle because the hormone fluctuations that come with it are […]
Healthy boundaries and consent are not just romantic concepts. They’re part of every healthy relationship at every age and stage. In this video, Nurse Leslie breaks that down.
“My Daughter is nine. How do I talk to her about consent?” Nine is so young, right? It’s not too young for a talk about consent and healthy boundaries, though. In this video, Nurse Leslie breaks down how to address these ideas with younger children, and how they apply to all kinds of relationships in […]
In an age when electronics are children’s “go to” form of entertainment it’s essential that parents remind students of the lofty responsibility that goes along with that privilege. I use the word privilege very deliberately, because many children take that notion for granted. Group chats, text messages and various apps are the way kids relate […]
Due to everything that has been going on in the news lately we decided to focus on bullying and cyber bullying in February. Our Newsletters have addressed the issue through blogs, especially the one by the Cyber Safety Cop and passing on resource materials that parents can use in future conversations with their children. We’d […]
In this week’s Facebook Live, Nurse Leslie talks about how to help your kids understand setting healthy boundaries and understanding consent, beginning in early childhood & up through their teens. A must-listen (it’s kind of pixellated) for any parent!
Inspired by Michael Ian Black‘s opinion piece for the New York Times and a video from Next with Kyle Clark featuring an adult man reflecting on how easily he could have become a school shooter in his teens, Nurse Leslie and Leona Laurie address what we can do for boys to help with the issues […]
A mother and father in Colorado say their 10-year-old daughter committed suicide over video of a fight with an alleged bully. Preventing a tragedy like this comes down to knowing the signs and know how to respond. Ashawnty Davis, was only in fifth grade. Her parents said she was a happy girl until everything changed […]
Is the topic of menstruation taboo in some cultures? A mother came to me at the end of her daughter’s Puber-Tea class and thanked me for talking about this topic. She grew up in the Philippines, and no one discussed puberty and periods during her childhood. She had no knowledge about what was happening to […]
Did you know that STRESS is one of the three major contributors to the alarming rise in early-onset puberty? Nurse Leslie will fill you in in this short video.
Nurse Leslie and Marketing Director Leona Laurie talk about the connection between bullying and self-esteem in this 23-minute Facebook Live video. Some resources mentioned in this video: Delaney Ruston’s Screenagers movie Bodies in Motion, our class for parents of young children Nurse Leslie’s private coaching sessions Additional resources Emailing Nurse Leslie with questions
In this moment of #metoo and #timesup, perhaps the most challenging accusation many of us have talked about is the one “Grace” made about Aziz Ansari on Babe’s website. Although it may be tempting to give Ansari a pass because he’s likable, or because his behavior in the situation described was “typical,” or because we […]
Nurse Leslie talks stressing less with Leona Laurie, Marketing Director for The Birds & Bees Connection. Leaning in to Leslie’s point that laughter is a great de-stressor, they spend less than 20 minutes breaking down ways stress affects families, how it contributes to bringing puberty on earlier and ways you can reduce stress in your […]