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For Parents and Tweens (ages 10-12) ~ Girls and boys are taught separately.
A four-week interactive series that addresses the challenging questions tweens face during puberty in a fun and engaging manner. Rites of Passage prepares tweens for adolescence by generating an open dialogue with their parents and helps them develop a sense of normalcy about the changes and challenges of puberty.
This series of classes gives parents the foundation and necessary tools to continue open conversations with their children now and in the future. Open dialogues create strong bonds between parents and tweens.
Some of the topics discussed include, but are not limited to:
- Peer Pressure
- Self Image
- Social Media
Rites of Passage is taught by a certified Birds & Bees Connection Educator using our copyrighted guidebooks. Parents attend all sessions; tweens attend all but the first session.
Session 1 – Parent-only night (2 hours)
Parents and educator review the course curriculum, address questions and concerns and discuss current, vital statistics. Parents leave this meeting with a clear sense of the importance of their presence during the class and throughout puberty.
Session 2 – Puber-Tween (2 ½-hours) — also offered as a stand-alone class
This session covers puberty (what is it? – physical and emotional changes; what causes it? – genes and hormones), nutrition, hygiene and anatomy*. This class is similar to Puber-Tea/Guy Talk, however topics covered are age-appropriate.
*In this class boys are taught male anatomy and girls female. In the girls’ class there is a lesson on periods, and they make a puberty prep bag out of a “cute little charming purse” (a cosmetic bag) and practice making makeshift sanitary pads out of toilet paper.
Session 3 – Self-Esteem/Peer Pressure/Social Media (2 ½-hours) — also offered as the stand-alone class Self Esteem and Social Media
The class is split into two parts. We address self-esteem during the first half and social media during the second. The topic of peer pressure is addressed throughout, as it relates to both topics. We offer this class as a father-daughter session.
We cover male and female reproductive anatomy*, sexual intercourse, fetal development and relationships. The conversation regarding sexual intercourse is very brief and is only discussed within the context of a husband and wife preparing for a child.
*In the girls’ class, female reproductive anatomy is reviewed and male reproductive anatomy covered, conversely the opposite is addressed in the male class.