Child Development and Parenting

What Our BOYS Need and What Our GIRLS Need – Formerly Mothers of Sons and Dads of Daughters

These talks occur twice a year and take place at Seattle Children’s main campus. Classes will be facilitated via Zoom if necessary.

What Our BOYS Need – Courage, Community, Compassion and Competence

January 14, 2021, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This class will be facilitated online via Zoom. 
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Facilitated by Julie Metzger, founder of Great Conversations, and her son, Peter Metzger, MD, a pediatrician, this parent talk gives parents and grownups that love, support, coach, teach and care about boys a unique opportunity to explore your relationship with boys while answering some of the questions around boys' physical, emotional and social development. Julie and Peter will draw from current research and their clinical experience working with families.

Julie Metzger, RN, MN, is the creator and founder of the ever popular Great Conversations Heart to Heart and The Chat programs focused on puberty, sexuality and decision-making for families of preteens for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest and San Francisco Bay area. She co-authored the book for preteens, Will Puberty Last My Whole Life: Real Answers to Real Questions Asked by Preteens on Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing Up Stuff and This Is Me – A Girl’s Journal.  Julie has been featured in The New York Times and on The Today Show. Peter Metzger, MD, is a pediatrician with Pediatrics Northwest in Washington state. He has experience in primary and emergency care.

This parent talk was previously titled Mothers of Sons.

What our GIRLS Need – Courage, Community, Compassion and Competence

February 9, 2021, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This class will be facilitated online via Zoom.
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Facilitated by Julie Metzger, RN, MN, this talk gives parents and grownups that love, support, teach, coach and care about girls a unique opportunity to explore your relationship with girls while answering some of the questions around girls' physical, emotional and social development. She will draw from current research and her 35+ years of working with families.

Julie Metzger RN, MN, is the creator and founder of the ever popular Great Conversations Heart to Heart and The Chat programs focused on puberty, sexuality and decision-making for families of preteens for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest and San Francisco Bay area. She co-authored the book for preteens, Will Puberty Last My Whole Life: Real Answers to Real Questions Asked by Preteens on Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing Up Stuff and This Is Me – A Girl’s Journal.  Julie has been featured in The New York Times and on The Today Show. Peter Metzger, MD, is a pediatrician with Pediatrics Northwest in Washington state. He has experience in primary and emergency care.

This parent talk was previously titled Dads of Daughters.