Category Archive for "Parent Resources"

Anya Manes - Talking About Sex - San Francisco

Why I love cheerleaders

I coached the cheerleading squad at Dwight-Englewood School when I worked there as a science teacher.  The idea that I could be a science nerd and a cheerleader delighted me, and I was determined to demonstrate to my girls that geek…

Anya Manes - Talking About Sex - San Francisco

You’ve got to name it to tame it!

Welcome to 2016!  I’d love to hear your New Year’s resolutions, especially as they relate to your kids.  Allow me suggest one more: Teach your kids the words they need to talk about emotions and sex. Last week, I attended…

Anya Manes - Talking About Sex - San Francisco

What about sex-ed for special needs kids?

Hooray! AB 329, The California Healthy Youth Act, PASSED!   Before, California public schools were not required to teach sex-ed at all – legally, they could opt out.  No longer!  Now every California public middle school and high school must…

Anya Manes - Talking About Sex - San Francisco

Welcome back to school! Now what are they teaching your kid?

I hope you had a fabulous summer and are ready for the school year to begin!  Some of you have children who will be starting sex-ed this year.  I thought you might be curious to know more about sex-ed in…

Anya Manes Coaching, talking about sex and relationships, inoculating against shame

Remember “dying of embarrassment”?

To wrap up this mini series on puberty, I feel it is necessary to address shame.  (If you missed it, check out these posts on the physical changes and the behavioral changes during puberty.)  Adolescence is often a time of lost…

Anya Manes talking to kids about sex Brain changes during puberty

Understand your child’s behavioral changes during puberty

Last time I wrote to you about the physical changes which occur during puberty, and now I’ll address the mental changes.   Much of the behavior parents chalk up to “hormones” is actually a result of how the brain is developing. …

Anya Manes talking to kids about sex physiological changes in puberty

How are you preparing your child for puberty?

You know it’s coming.  Soon your child will begin transitioning, and it probably feels like it’s coming too soon.  Though you might want to, you can’t stop time from passing, and these changes will start happening.  So what is your…