Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

Parents

Parents have a rewarding yet incredibly difficult job.  Young people face BIG issues in their lives, and their parents don’t always know how to discuss or handle these issues.  Parents are incredibly busy and often overwhelmed and scared for their children.  BIG Talks provides live and virtual interactive workshops on Sex Education, Bullying, Healthy Relationships, and Diversity to support parents in helping their children.

BIG Talks understands that if parents had more support it would make their job easier.  The parent workshops increase knowledge, promote self- awareness, and build confidence in discussing and handling complex issues.  These workshops inform and create dialogue among parents in order to empower them with the tools for self-advocacy and community-building.

 

BIG Topics

Sex Education

Young people both seek and benefit from a complete understanding of sex.  The Sex Education workshops teach parents how to start or improve conversations with their children about sex.  They utilize a holistic approach broadening the concept of sex beyond physical connection and helping parents understand their own feelings so they can better serve their children’s needs.  A holistic understanding of sex enhances critical decision-making which allows young people to better think about pregnancy and STI prevention in addition to other possible effects of sexual behavior.

Supplemental Sex Education Curriculum

This curriculum focuses on feelings related to sexuality issues and supplements traditional sex education.  It explores many questions.  What are our feelings in relation to sexuality? How do we know what we’re feeling?  Who do we talk to about these feelings?  Why can it be uncomfortable to talk about these feelings?  Why is it important to talk about these feelings? The focus on feelings provides the prologue for young people to safeguard their sexual health and make more conscious decisions.

Bullying

Most young people have experience with bullying, whether they are victims, bystanders, or bullies themselves.  It is vital for parents to engage their children in conversations about how young people treat one another.  The Bullying workshop teaches parents prevention/intervention methods and youth engagement strategies.

Healthy Relationships

An alarming number of teens experience violence in their relationships.  The Healthy Relationships workshop informs parents of current trends, warning signs, and prevention methods.  This workshop teaches parents how to support their children make healthy dating choices.

Diversity

Adolescence is when young people start forming ideas about identity.  The Diversity workshop teaches parents how to engage children in discussions of race, gender, sexuality, etc.  Parents learn best practices for engaging youth including listening techniques and activities.  It is imperative that diversity conversations include adult voices in order to promote inclusivity.

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