The Chat: Live Online Workshops

The Chat LogoWelcome to The Chat

The world around us is changing, and the Seattle Children’s sponsored Great Conversations programs are all about change – changes in bodies, emotions and relationships during puberty. You are in the right place.

We believe families are the very best place for conversations about puberty, sex and other topics on growing up. We also know it can be helpful to have expert resources along for the journey.

We hope you will join us for this new adventure online, The Chat.

What is The Chat?

  • The Chat is a series of five live online workshops that reflect the content of our in-person For Boys and For Girls classes in a workshop format hosted on the Zoom platform, and facilitated by an expert.
  • Each workshop includes 30–45 minutes of live instruction on Zoom followed by a question/answer session facilitated by an expert instructor.
  • An optional class-specific workbook is sent to families with the Zoom link to follow along with the content.
  • Also, every family receives the book Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?, written by Great Conversations co-founders Julie Metzger, RN, MN, and Rob Lehman, MD, in the mail following the series to keep the conversations going.
  • The Chat offers a chance to have new conversations in familiar places, like your home. So, bring along your cousin from Hong Kong or best friend from Kentucky – we look forward to seeing you online at The Chat!

Who should sign up?

  • The Chat is for 10–12-year-olds and a grown-up who attend the five workshops together.
  • All five workshops of The Chat are for all genders – preteen and parent.
  • The Chat is inclusive across the gender and sexuality continuum.
  • Families sign up individually – not as a group or class.
  • Scholarship funds are available.

What will we talk about?

  • A Great Conversations instructor will provide medically accurate, developmentally-focused content with warmth and humor that includes instruction, a video, activities and conversation prompts for families to begin conversations with each other on these topics.
  • Our goal is to create opportunities for families to engage with each other and grow in the experience of talking about these topics. Families’ conversations with each other during class will be private.
  • The five-part series covers how our bodies and brains and relationships grow and change during puberty. We recommend you begin with “BO, Pimples and Hair, Oh My!” and end with “Being Connected.”
  • Your workbook will be sent with the Zoom link on the day of class.
  • The Chat is inclusive across the gender and sexuality continuum.

The Chat Workshops

  • BO, Pimples and Hair – Oh My!
    • Beginning the conversation on puberty together – what happens to all bodies in puberty
  • Girl Bodies and Beyond
    • The unique parts of puberty experienced by people with body parts including breasts and uteruses
  • Boy Bodies and Beyond
    • The unique parts of puberty experienced by people with body parts including penises and testicles
  • Being Together: Feelings, Friendships, Families
    • How our brains change in puberty, emotion regulation, healthy relationships
  • Being Connected: Sex, Love and Everything in Between
    • Attractions/crushes, sexual feelings and actions, sexual reproduction, decision-making

    How do we register?

    Click on the Register button below and choose the date that best works for you. Additional content will be added over time and classes will be repeated.

    Register

    Scholarship Funds?

    Scholarship funds are available for all Great Conversations programs. To inquire about scholarships, email greatconversations@parenttrust.org to talk to our registration team.

    Additional Resources

    See article, book and website recommendations (including the books written by Great Conversations: Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? and This Is Me – A Journal For Girls).

    You can get updates from Great Conversations’ programs and parent talks on our Facebook and Instagram pages.