The Chat

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-personFor 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 5 workshops together.
  • All 5 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 5-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 toall 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 and choose the date that best works for you. Additional content will be added over time and classes will be repeated ongoing.

Register

Scholarship Funds?

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

Additional Resources

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) can be found HERE

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