When I tell people about my workshop series for parents (and caregivers and teachers), there is always positive feedback, and comments about how the workshops are such a great way to help parents deal with awkward questions kids have.
Sure, social etiquette plays a role in the positive feedback I get, but there are so many people who come up to me later, asking all kinds of questions. Sometimes these questions are about the workshop series and sometimes they are questions about how to handle specific awkward moments with their children.
And sometimes I hear heart-wrenching stories about situations where I can see how my workshops would have prevented some traumatic experience for a child. If the child had why known the situation was wrong, maybe they would have at least spoken up earlier, knowing they would be believed. Sometimes these parents and teachers come to my workshops to assist them in improving their communication with their children after these events. I am obviously glad for their support, and know how beneficial these workshops are for them. I am even happier that more parents are coming before things go bad, as a preventive measure, like putting on a seatbelt when driving.
These parents may have already encountered an awkward situation, and did not know how to respond. There is often a fear of giving too much information, or being judged by other parents as disrupting their childhood innocence with your honest answers. These workshops give you tools for dealing with these situations, so you can be confident when talking with your children.
The information in these workshops are based on international Sexuality Education Guidelines from UNESCO and WHO. For example, the workshops for parents of 3-6 year olds cover what the guidelines consider appropriate information children should have by the time they turn 6. In addition, these workshops cover different communication tools for having these awkward conversations.
Information booklets are provided for each workshop, so you can engage and participate in the workshops fully. The interactive component allows you to see how other parents handle similar situations at home, and ways to incorporate the information from the workshops into your parenting, caregiving or teaching.
If you can’t make the workshop series that are open to the public, why not organise a series at your school, or with your social circle?