Child Development and Parenting
For Boys: The Joys and Challenges of Growing Up – Class
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 a list of helpful references and websites, please view our resource guide.
- $90 for one child and one accompanying adult; $70 per additional child
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Frequently Asked Questions
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 preteen 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 4 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 email Registration 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, written by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.
The content of the curriculum, humor and stories is geared for children ages 10 through 12. We ask that you honor the recommendation to respect the developmental space of the preteens and the camaraderie in the room as we all learn and grow together. Sometimes an older child will do just fine in our classes, but we seldom make exceptions for children younger than 10. We ask those with children younger than 10 to wait until they are older to come to class. Our resources page has lists of books and sites that might be interesting for you and your preteen to explore together.
Yes. The goal of our class is to promote further communication between children and their parents and trusted adult resources. Most often, the preteens are accompanied by an adult of the same gender. 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.
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.
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.
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.
You can cancel your registration or transfer to a different class for an additional fee.
- If you contact us more than 3 business days before the first class, there is a $10 fee.
- If it is 3 business days or less before the first class, you can cancel or transfer for a $20 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. A $20 additional fee would apply.
If 10 business days have passed since the date of the first class, you would 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.
I want to sign up another family and/or a whole group of students (like a scout troop). How do I do that?
We encourage each family to sign up individually. The reason behind this is that if the family should choose to take another class in the future or we need to contact them, the information and the data from each family would stay together.
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.
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.
In the greater Seattle area, Great Conversations offers an annual class with signed interpreters for families with a hearing impairment Please call 206-789-2306 or email us to request information on that class date, time and location.
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 endocrine, gender identity, and 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.