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For Boys Only: The Joys and Challenges of Growing Up

For Boys Only: The Joys and Challenges of Growing Up

In this class, students will learn about:

  • What boys experience during puberty (growth, muscles, shaving, skin changes and sleep needs)
  • Myths and facts
  • What boys should know about girls
  • Sexuality and sexual reproduction

This two-part class is recommended for boys 10 to 12 years old and a parent or trusted adult. The sessions focus on what both the child and parent should expect as boys begin adolescence.

The goal is to create an opportunity for pre-teens and adults to receive information together in an engaging format and relaxed atmosphere. We emphasize family communication and resources to support young people on their journey through adolescence.

Every family will receive the book Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?, written by the creators of Great Conversations, Julie Metzger RN, MN, and Rob Lehman, MD. The book complements the curriculum of the class and gives families an opportunity to continue the conversation on these important topics at home.

For questions about registration for For Boys Only classes, please email Great Conversations or call 206-789-2306.

Scholarships are available to class attendees. For more information please email Great Conversations or call 206-789-2306.

For information about For Boys Only classes offered at other locations in the Puget Sound area, visit or call 206-789-2306.

This class is sponsored by Seattle Children's, in partnership with Great Conversations. In Bellevue, classes are offered also in collaboration with Overlake Medical Center.

For a list of helpful references and websites, please view our resource guide.

There are more class dates available than what appears below. View or register for all upcoming For Boys Only class dates.

Classes fill up quickly. All dates may not be available. Click the "Register" button below to check class availability.

Sun, May 15, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Seattle Children's Hospital — 4800 Sand Point Way NE$80 per parent/son pair; $60 per additional sonRegister
Tue, May 17, 2016
Tues. May 24, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Overlake Medical Center, Bellevue — 1035 116th Ave. NE$80 per parent/son pair; $60 per additional sonRegister
Wed, May 18, 2016
Wed, May 25, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle Children's Hospital – 4800 Sand Point Way NE$80 per parent/son pair; $60 per additional childRegister
Wed, June 15, 2016
Wed. June 22, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle Children's Hospital — 4800 Sand Point Way NE$80 per parent/son pair; $60 per additional sonRegister

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if my child is ready for your classes on puberty and sexuality?

    Our classes are based on the physical, emotional, cognitive and social developmental space of typical 10-to-12-year-olds. We combine factual information, humor, role-play and stories that we hope will help you to engage your pre-teen in understanding the puberty experience.

    If your child – for whatever reason – would find it challenging to sit in an auditorium with about 100 people for a total of four hours of class time (with short breaks), or you are wondering if your child is going to feel comfortable with the content, you are welcome to contact registration at 206-789-2306 to discuss.

    Additional helpful information can be found on the Resource List (PDF) or the well-respected resource for the determination of appropriate developmental content for the classes: Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten–Grade 12 (PDF), written by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.

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  • My child is younger than the recommended age of 10. Can they take the class?

    The recommended age for the class is 10 to 12 years old. However, we will gladly register a 9-to-13-year-old child for the class if their parents believe the child is developmentally appropriate for it. To register children younger than age 10 or older than age 12, please call the Great Starts program registration line at 206-789-2306. The online registration system will not accept ages outside the 10-to-12 range.
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  • Can mothers attend the boys' class? Can fathers attend the girls' class?

    Yes. The goal of our class is to promote communication between children and their parents and trusted adults. When possible, we recommend a same-sex adult – parent, guardian, close friend or family member – accompany the pre-teen. We recognize the diversity of families, and welcome parents, grandparents, guardians and other close family members to our classes. Please contact us if you’d like to talk this through.
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  • Can both parents attend the class? Is there a fee for two adults to attend?

    We encourage only one adult to accompany a child, as it is ideal to keep the adult-to-child ratio in the class as equal as possible to make the dynamics for an interactive session relaxed and conversant. There is a fee for an additional adult.
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  • Can I take multiple siblings to one class?

    Yes. There is an additional fee for each additional same sex child 10 to 12 years old. Because the class offers an opportunity to learn and discuss things together, some families have told us they wish they had come separately with each of their children. We invite each family to choose what works best for them.
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  • If I have multiple siblings who want to take one class, do I have to register each child separately?

    You only have to complete one registration. During the registration process, there will be a place to add additional sibling names and a box to check, and an additional fee will be added to the class fee per additional child.
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  • What if I have to transfer to a different class or cancel my registration?

    You can cancel your registration or transfer to a different class. An additional fee will be charged if you contact us more than three business days before the first class.

    If it is three business days or less before the first class, you can cancel or transfer for an additional fee.

    If you miss a class you had registered for, you have up to 10 business days after the first class to reschedule or cancel. An additional fee will be applied.

    If 10 business days have passed since the date of the first class, you will be charged another full registration price to reschedule.

    You should check that several spots are open in a class you’d like to transfer to before letting us know, to make sure there’s an opening when we get to your request.

    If you attended the first class of a set but find you are unable to make the second, you can pick any future second class from the schedule regardless of its availability to attend. In that case, just let registration know so we can expect your family on the rescheduled night.

    If you have questions, please visit our website, email us or call 206-789-2306.

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  • I want to sign up a whole group of students (like a scout troop). How do I do that?

    We encourage each family to sign up individually. The class is designed to promote the parent-child relationship rather than a group experience, and we ask children and the adult they came with to sit together. To inquire about signing up a small group, please call the Great Starts program registration line at 206-789-2306.
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  • If I attend week one of the class and then have to miss week two, can I make up the second class at a later date?

    Yes. It is ideal to attend both classes in the series. If you find you can't attend the second class, you are welcome to attend any future class two on the schedule. Simply review the class schedule, select the week two class that is best for your family and then call the registration line at 206-789-2306 to notify us of your selection. We will let the teacher know to expect you.
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  • How can I know if this class is a good match for my child with special needs?

    Please give the Great Starts program a call at 206-789-2306 and we will connect you with an instructor to discuss the special needs of your child, class format and content. If you or your child needs a special listening device or sign language interpretation, we are happy to arrange these ahead of time.
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  • I want to request an interpreter. Can interpreting be provided?

    Yes, interpreting can be provided at no cost to the family for classes at Seattle Children’s Hospital's main campus and at our classes at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. The deadline to request interpreters is ten business days before the class date. First, register online for the class of your choice. Then, please email Great Conversations or call 206-789-2306 to request interpreting. Include your name, the class you and the child will attend, the language requested for interpreting and who will be using interpreting services (the parent and/or the child). If you or your child needs a special listening device or sign language interpretation, we are happy to arrange these ahead of time as well.
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  • My child’s puberty and/or gender experience is not typical to other kids who will be in class. Will the content of your program still be relevant to our family?

    While we discuss the typical experience of puberty by gender, we often have families attend who have experiences with endocrine conditions, gender identity situations, physical and cognitive differences. We believe that every child has a unique experience of growing up and learning about sexuality and their bodies. Our focus is both on what is unique and what is shared in the growing up process. Most families benefit from the experience of having these kinds of conversations together.
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