National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, national and community organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. This […]
Leslie Dixon introduces our newest course for 5th and 6th graders: Puber-Tween. Puber-Tween is designed for older tweens to help them cope with the physical and emotional changes they are currently experiencing. This class helps them understand these changes are perfectly normal and that everyone goes through them. Learn more HERE!
As I mentioned in the first post in this series, the three culprits behind early onset puberty identified by Louise Greenspan, MD, and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D. in The New Puberty are: obesity, the environment and stress. Armed with this new knowledge, parents can become more strategic about how to address issues that might impact their […]
As in past generations, the issues of drugs and alcohol as well as early sexual involvement are issues young people are facing. Today’s young people are also challenged by social media, lack of self-esteem, depression and behaviors such as using drugs and alcohol, eating disorders and early sexual involvement. Is there a greater risk for […]
For years I’ve noticed the onset of puberty happening earlier and earlier. Parents have asked me why, and I’ve shared what I knew, always adding that further research needed to be done. The New Puberty, by Louise Greenspan, MD, and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., offers exactly that– a wealth of well-researched information for parents to help […]
February 1, 2017, is the 31st annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, and this year’s theme is “Expanding Opportunity.” According to the official website: “National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and […]
The constant when I speak to most parents is how to have “the talk” with their children. “When should I have the talk? What should I say or not say?” Their questions and concerns go on and on. I smile because I’ve taught parents how to talk to their kids about puberty, adolescence and sex […]
In this video, Birds & Bees Connection founder Leslie Dixon talks about Self-Esteem & Social Media, available as a stand-alone class or as part of our Rites of Passage series.
Many parents feel that as long as they take one of our first classes, Puber-Tea or Guy Talk, they are totally set for puberty and adolescence. Some parents believe all their kids need are the basics and that that should tide them over until they reach adulthood. Many parents tend to rely on school to […]
2016: It was a very good year… Although 2016 has had some history-making issues that have a lot of people eager to see it in their rear-view mirrors, The Birds & Bees Connection has enjoyed a few milestones this year that we’d like to share as we reflect and prepare to move forward. Here are […]
Kristen Howerton, the woman behind Rage Against The Minivan, recently attended a Puber-Tea class with one of her daughters, and we’re delighted that she wrote about the experience on her website. Here’s an excerpt from her piece, and we hope you’ll click the provided link to read the full article! The case for taking your […]
We treat our children as if they are robots. We require them to spend countless hours on input related to schoolwork, tutoring, test preparation and, of course, extracurricular activities that they will need for their college application. We promise them that the output will be a financially secure future, someday. There are child labor laws […]
Recently, I joined this moms’ group online. Actually, let me clarify, I got added to a moms’ group online. I did not request to join this group and suddenly found myself thrust into the middle of a bizarre, artificially-created world of mean girls – style drama and petty complaints. I had been a “lurker” for […]
Last weekend I was out of touch with the media until Monday morning. In some ways it was a nice relief before reality set in. Once I heard about the shooting in Orlando and the subsequent information about the shooter I decided to write a blog about “How to Stop the Madness.” I was halfway […]
If it’s not one thing, it really is another. You might be shocked to know that surgeons are being asked by teenage girls for labiaplasty, known for adults as “vaginal rejuvenation” surgery. There are multiple reasons teenage girls are asking for this procedure, but the internet’s wealth of airbrushed photos creating unrealistic and homogenous beauty […]
Love this infographic on the importance of self-esteem for young girls, via Good.is!
Like me, Judith Johnson had a strong reaction to Nancy Jo Sales’ recent book (and accompanying public appearance). In her article “Teens Addicted to Social Media,” excerpted below, she shares a compelling list of her concerns regarding teens’ exchanges of nude selfies, including their physiologically immature brains. I wanted to share some of her list here, and I […]
For many parents the teen years bring a sense of detachment. These parents feel that now that their teens have entered middle or high school that what more can they do other than prepare them for getting into a college? In reality, the middle and high school years are the most important years to be an […]
A lot of parents struggle with the line between wanting their children to “like” them and needing to be the parent– which sometimes means the bad guy. I appreciate the message Pam Howard shared in her article for the Huffington Post on this topic, and her perspective that beyond being healthy for the child, maintaining […]