Seeking Reviewers

Seeking Reviewers We are seeking reviewers who are willing to provide feedback to improve Puberty: The Wonder Years. If you are interested, please read on for instructions. And thank you for your help! Dear Reviewer, Thank you so much for contributing your time, talents, and experiences to making Puberty: The Wonder Years more effective for use with more students. Any and all feedback you provide will be used to improve the curriculum so that more educators will be able to…

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Talk Turkey

Talk Turkey Thanksgiving is coming, and with it comes awkward dinner conversations! Why not seize the moment and really go for it? Let’s play Talk Turkey Bingo. This fun and simple game is designed to help parents and/or other trusted adults start conversations about puberty, relationships, and growing up. Before playing, you might want to read about being an “askable adult.”   Sign up to receive a FREE sample lesson to see what Puberty: The Wonder Years is all about.

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Are You an “Askable Adult”?

Are You an “Askable Adult”?   The term “askable parent” was first coined by Sol Gordon, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and sex educator who advised adults to be askable parents. He believed a child’s questions about sex should be answered whenever they are asked. Furthermore, he suggested that parents take the responsibility of beginning discussions, either with a book or with simple conversations about a friend or relative who is having a baby, if a child hasn’t asked about sex…

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Inclusivity Tips: Boys

Inclusivity Tips: Boys   Half of the students in your classroom identify as boys, right? And yet, most sex education is taught by educators who identify as female. And most sex education curriculum is developed by people who identify as female. This often results in sex education that is not as relevant and relatable for boys. This post will share inclusivity tips for boys. Tip 1: Get familiar with the terms. Boys face unique pressures to conform to harmful gender…

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Let’s Talk About Sex Yes, October is Let’s Talk Month. But it’s always the right time to talk with your kids about growing up, puberty, body autonomy, consent, and sex. So, let’s talk about sex! Parents, caregivers, educators, and other trusted adults want to do a nice job of equipping children for a positive puberty experience and for safe and healthy relationships. To help you, I’ve collected some great resources for Let’s Talk Month. Let’s Talk Month Resources: Reading books…

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Puberty Books

Puberty Books   Parental influence is one, and possibly the single greatest, of the major factors in determining the sexual behavior of young people. Yet, many parents tell me that they aren’t sure how to begin talking with their child about puberty and sex. If you feel this way, you are not alone. Let’s talk about puberty books. Most of us did not have good models for sex education at home. Our own parents probably didn’t talk with us about…

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Many Thanks!

Many Thanks! Many thanks to the American School Health Association Board of Directors and Awards Committee! I was named a Fellow at ASHA’s Annual School Health Conference on Oct 3, 2019, in Cincinnati, OH. Imagine my excitement when I received a letter that began with this: I am delighted to inform you that the Awards Committee and Board of Directors of the American School Health Association (ASHA) have declared you a 2019 Fellow of the Association. This honor recognizes your…

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National Period Day

National Period Day Is October 19   Why in the world do we celebrate National Period Day? After all, talking about periods is impolite, right? Actually, no. The lack of conversations about periods is having many negative impacts on people who menstruate in the United States and around the globe. Did you know? In the U.S… 35 states still have a sales tax on period products considering them non-essential items. 1 in 4 women struggle to afford period products due…

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Inclusivity Tips: LGB+

Inclusivity Tips: LGB+ Would you like to make sure all your students feel included in your class? When you teach about puberty, are you unsure how to include your lesbian, gay, bisexual, plus (LGB+) students? Let’s talk about a couple of ways to be more inclusive. This post will share inclusivity tips for LGB+ students. Tip 1: Ensure representation. Throughout history, LGB+ people have made important contributions in science, math, and the arts. Yet, their biographies have often erased important…

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School Dress Codes: Conference Highlights

School Dress Codes: Conference Highlights What do school dress codes have to do with helping young people learn about puberty? Well, a lot! In fact, the topic of dress codes is so relevant that two conferences asked me to present my session titled “School Dress Codes: The Politics of Shame, Stereotypes, and Sexualization.” At the National Sexual Health Conference and the Moving Toward Solutions conference, participants who attended my session were very interested in discussing how dress codes can discriminate against students…

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Back to School Tips & Topics

Back to School Tips & Topics  Where did summer go? Hopefully, you made lots of great summer memories, and now it’s time for kiddos to go back to school. During this time of transition, you might find these tips and topics of interest! Start the school year right: The new school year is a clean slate, a fresh start. In fact, the first 30 days of school can set the tone for the whole year. Be sure to help students…

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Inclusivity Tips: Gender

Inclusivity Tips: Gender Would you like to make sure all your students feel included in your class? When you teach about puberty, are you unsure how to include your LGBTQ+ students? Let’s talk about a couple of ways to be more inclusive. This post will share inclusivity tips for gender. Tip 1: Use gender-neutral pronouns. The English language has gendered pronouns, so every time we talk about a person, we are forced to use a word that assigns them a…

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What educators are saying

“My students had lots of questions! They thanked me for being willing to teach them about what is happening to them.”

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Mike B., Lansing School District

“Puberty: The Wonder Years doesn’t just stick to puberty. The curriculum also includes lessons on topics that I think are necessary, such as bullying and social-emotional components. There’s also a lot of scripting for really good conversation and prompts for the teachers.”

Tim Kordic, Project Advisor for Sexual Health & HIV Prevention, Los Angeles Unified School District

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Wendy receives her award from the American School Health Association