Talking to Kids about Sex and Relationships: what to say when, Tuesday, December 1st, 12:30 to 1:30 PM
FREE lunch-time workshop!
Most parents don’t realize how early this generation of children are being exposed to sexually explicit content. Media messages influence our children’s understanding of relationships and body image from a very young age. Most kids are starting puberty earlier than in previous generations, and they’d benefit from parents talking about puberty sooner. So when is the right time to start these discussions, and how much needs to be said?
Are you unsure what to say to your child about sex (too much information vs. not enough) and when to have the next conversation?
Do you wish you had a guide so that you knew you were addressing all the important topics?
Have you taken the time to do the big-picture thinking?
In surveys, 87% of teens say that open, honest conversations with their parents could help them put off sex and avoid pregnancy. So how do you lay the groundwork for that and what do you say?
Join Anya Manes, educator and parent coach, as she walks you through what conversations to have with your child and when.
In this one-hour workshop, you will:
- Examine what you want for your child and what’s getting in the way of talking about sex
- Learn what topics to discuss with your child and when they are developmentally appropriate
- Create a plan to address the topics you haven’t yet discussed with your child
Hosted by Darius Seddiqui with New York Life Insurance Company
Preventing poor body image and sexism in kids and teens, Tuesday, December 1st, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Parents, has your daughter ever bought clothes or dressed in a manner that you thought was too sexy? Does she hate some part of her body or does she value her appearance more than her other qualities? Has your son ever made sexist jokes or sang along with sexist music lyrics? Are you worried that your child is getting the wrong ideas about sex from pornography? Or, do you want to learn what to do to prevent all of the above with your child?
This workshop is for parents who want to teach their children not to objectify a woman’s body and to value women for more than her appearance. You’ll learn:
- How media influences our thinking about what’s normal
- How to talk to your kids about media messages in open, ongoing, and skillful conversations
- How pornography affects the adolescent brain, and what to say to your child about it
Hosted by John Engstrom with Ameriprise Financial
CA Insurance License #0I79094
Teens & Sex: what every parent needs to know, part 2, Thursday, December 10th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Research shows that parents are the key to ensuring that teens make safe and healthy choices – more important than teens’ teachers or peers. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn and practice tools for teaching your teens and preteens how to make good decisions about themselves and about sex.
We will cover:
- How to free your child from sexism and poor body image, so that their behavior and appearance are expressions of who they really are, not an attempt to please others
- How to talk to your teen about pornography, so that their sexual relationships are not reenactments of online porn videos
These tools help parents protect the close relationships they have fostered with their children through the challenges of puberty and allow teens to develop a healthy sexuality. There will be time at the end for questions and answers.
This workshop is offered through Parents Place SF. Space is limited.
Talking to Kids about Sex, Wednesday, December 16th, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Research shows that parents are the key to ensuring that teens make safe and healthy choices – more important than teens’ teachers or peers. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn and practice tools for opening the conversation and maintaining good communication.
This workshop will be held at the John Muir Middle School in San Leandro (room A-3), and it is offered through BACHE. Anya Manes will be at the workshop, tabling and answering questions, but she will not be running the workshop.