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Our Reproduction Program is now co-ed; and it should have been co-ed all along. Here’s why.

Separating boys and girls for discussions about sex and sexual health creates a setting enshrouded in mystery and secrecy. In most schools, students aren’t separated by gender for any other subjects, so separating them reinforces the idea that the other gender “shouldn’t know” or “won’t understand” what’s about to be revealed. But puberty and sex education in America has “always been that way,” right? It has prevented young people from thinking they can talk candidly about their bodies or sex in “mixed company."

If we’re honest and think back on our own sex education (if we had it), this practice likely perpetuated gender...

It's LET'S TALK MONTH, so, first, Let's Talk about The Talk with a guest blog by Kim Cook. Learn more about her below.

The Talk. Just the mere thought of starting the conversation with your child can send quivers of anxiety through your body. Panic sets in: What if they ask me something I don’t know? What if I tell them something wrong? Aren’t the schools teaching them what they need to know? What if they see the fear in my eyes?

Yes, indeed. What if? 

 

How did your parents approach “the talk” with you?

Take a moment to reflect upon your experience as a youngster. Many parents share their stories about talking with their own parents about sex and relationships— or...

Girlology is thrilled to be a small part of a huge project that is improving the way kids learn about sex and sexuality. Amaze.org has created animated videos (fun, accurate, humorous, goofy...just the way we like them!) that give kids all the answers they actually want to know about sex, their body and relationships. This video on menstruation was developed from our You Got IT ebook, and our Co-Founder, Dr. Holmes, serves as an Advisory Panel member providing feedback and input on all of the videos. 

Check out their website (amaze.org) and YouTube channel (Amaze Org)  to see thier other videos and share them with your children. On the amaze.org website,...

Are you on Twitter? JOIN US for a Twitter Chat as we discuss better ways to talk with kids about sex, sexuality, love and relationships.

Never been part of a twitter chat? It's easy. You can participate as a spectator (and just enjoy the great comments and advice), or you can pitch in and add your own comments. If you see something helpful, give it a retweet or like it! If you have something to add, tweet it with the hashtag #TalkTips.

All you need to do is open Twitter on Thursday, Oct 27 from 3:00-4:00 pm, and in your search box, type #TalkTips or @girlology. Either will take you to the chat where we'll be asking professionals, parents, and young people how to improve the dialogues we have with children about...

Girlology is thrilled to be a small part of a huge project that is improving the way kids learn about sex and sexuality. Amaze.org has created animated videos (fun, accurate, humorous, goofy...just the way we like them!) that give kids all the answers they actually want to know about sex, their body and relationships. The video on menstruation was developed from our You Got IT ebook, and our Co-Founder, Dr. Holmes, serves as an Advisory Panel member providing feedback and input on all of the videos. 

Check out their website (amaze.org) and YouTube channel (Amaze Org...

When parents started asking us to offer a program on sex as a follow up to our puberty program, we hesitated. It’s one thing to talk with our own kids or write blogs about “talking with your kids about sex,” but it’s a whole new ball game when we actually talk to your kid for you!

But if you know us, you know we didn’t hesitate very long. Not only were we up for it, we’re loving it!

Our Reproduction programs are quickly becoming our favorites. The kids, 5th and 6th graders, are so very ready for the information. Most of them have already heard some gossip about sex, but they are definitely fuzzy on the facts. And the parents - many come in a bit squirmy and anxious, but they all leave with a sense of relief that the topic...

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Watch this video to learn who we are, what we do, and how we can help YOU talk about IT. 

Every year, I seem to get at least one phone call from a panic-stricken mom with a child in the fourth grade. It usually goes something like this (in a flustered whisper), "Help!! My precious, innocent little [insert child's name] just came home from school and told me that one of her friends told her what sex is.

When I asked her what she was told, her description included words like 'under the sheets,' 'wiggling,' and 'poking.' She seems upset and scared. Now what do I do?!?!"

That's the reality with late elementary age children. There will always be some kids in the class that have older siblings who have shared "the big secret" about sex. Or perhaps there's a precocious child who has developed his or her own definition...

Pre-School? You think I’m kidding, don’t you? But if you have a pre-schooler, you know how curious they are! Just a few days ago, my four year old asked me, “How can I get a baby in my tummy?” Now, there’s a talking opportunity!

So, being the sex educator that I try to be, I jumped right in to that teachable moment (even though I was tempted to divert the conversation with something like, “How about an ice cream sandwich?”).

Believe it or not, pre-school is the perfect time to begin important conversations that will establish you as your child’s sexuality educator and help your child feel comfortable coming to you with all those awkward but important questions.

Whether you are talking about it or not, a child is...

One of our most frequently asked questions is, “When do we have the talk… You know, the sex talk.” The Girlology mantra, as well as my own, has always been eight is great. Great, that is, until this year when my youngest daughter’s eighth birthday was fast approaching.

She’s less mature than her sister was at that age, a circumstance that seems to be a common concern in many families.

Before either girl had turned eight, a friend shared a touching story about how she and her husband explained the secrets of life to their daughter on this birthday. It sounded magical and informative, such a well-rounded success, her father and I thought we’d do the same. We began with the facts, since that is where most magic is rooted,...

Lucky you.  9 is a magical age where girls are growing up and can understand some “adult-ish” things, but are young enough to still have that innocent sense of wonder and awe.  Unfortunately, it’s also the age (4th grade is notorious for this) where some kid in her class has already provided their interpretation of what “sex” is – right or wrong. 

That means it’s the perfect time to set the record straight and take the opportunity to interject your family values. 

We always encourage parents to first ask their child what they already know about sex, because by age 8 and 9, most children have heard something.  Ask her if she’s heard the word “sex”? (certainly she has). Then ask her if she knows exactly what it means.  This...

Eight is great: Melisa Holmes at TEDxGreenville 2014

Girlology Co-Founder, Dr. Melisa Holmes, presents a TEDx Talk entitled EIGHT is GREAT. Find out why your child should know about sex and reproduction by eight (or sooner!).