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Notes from the Field: MommyCon OC and the Girl Scouts Volunteer Conference

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On Saturday, August 12, the Birds & Bees Connection attended two great events at the same time: MommyCon OC and the Girl Scouts of Orange County Volunteer Conference. Founder and Executive Director Leslie Dixon spoke at MommyCon to a room full of eager parents (and more than a few infants and toddlers), while General Manager and Educator Hiromi Hiraoka and …

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Orange County! Come See Us Saturday at MommyCon and the Girl Scout Volunteer Conference!

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The Birds & Bees Connection will be out and about this Saturday, and we hope to see you! Founder and Executive Director Leslie Dixon will be speaking at MommyCon in Costa Mesa, as well as meeting attendees at a booth in the exhibitor’s area, and two of our educators will be on the scene at the Girl Scout Volunteer Conference …

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Video: Nurse Leslie talks The Bridge

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The Bridge is a two-week course that strengthens parent/teen communication. The topics covered will help both parent and teen adjust and succeed during the middle school years. With this information teens will feel more empowered and prepared to succeed and parents will feel more in control.  Watch the video below to learn more from Nurse Leslie!  

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Video: Nurse Leslie Talks 4Teens

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In this video, our founder Leslie Dixon talks about our 4Teens class. 4Teens is a two-week course that creates a strong foundation and improves communication skills between parent and teen. This course develops the teen’s critical thinking skills leading to better life choices in the future. The course also empowers parents to feel more confident parenting and communicating during the teen …

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Video: Leslie Dixon introduces Puber-Tween

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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!

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New Puberty Part Three: Strategies for Parents

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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 child’s health. Obesity There seems …

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The New Puberty, Part Two: Potential Repercussions

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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 these issues if a young …

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The New Puberty, Part One: How to Navigate Early Development in Today’s Girls

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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 them understand what this earlier-onset …

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Nancy Jo Sales’ “American Girls”: Where is Judy Blume when we need her?

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In the past when you wanted to know everything about puberty you bought a Judy Blume book. Now young people can access any information with the touch of their electronic devices. The difference between reading one of Blume’s books and current teen resources is that Blume’s books were not only informational but fostered a healthy foundation during the teen years. Nancy …