I bet that got your attention! Its not a word we shout out much! And sometimes we are even shy to use it, especially when we are in it. I want to share some resources about this topic to help guide you and your kids in this area. We have a FLASH program in this school district that you may want to explore to find out more about what your kids are learning so that you can fill in with your family's expectations and values.
The upcoming presentations for the Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH) and HIV/AIDS Curriculum for the parents of Beaver Lake, Issaquah Middle, Maywood, Pacific Cascade, Pine Lake, Issaquah High, Liberty, Skyline, and Gibson Ek High Schools will be held on Thursday, October 25, from 6:00-7:30pm, and Saturday, October 27 from 9:00-10:30am in Boardroom A of the Issaquah School District Administration Center, 565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah. Both presentations are the same, so parents can chose the date that works for them.
Please look for the announcements for FLASH in 5th grade to be presented through the district later in the year. This curriculum is taught to 5th graders in Spring.
An incredible resource for students, and the adult who cares for them, is Seattle Children's Hospital. Specifically, a program they call GREAT CONVERSATIONS:
You can go to their website and learn all about this amazing program. From personal experience, this is the single best thing I have done with my own children around puberty, sexuality, relationships and growing up. https://www.greatconversations.com/programs-and-registration/
"For over 25 years, Great Conversations has offered classes to preteens, teens and their families on puberty, sexuality, communication, decision-making and other important topics surrounding adolescents.
We believe that parents are their children’s prime sexuality resource and that sometimes families need and appreciate additional resources to initiate and maintain these important conversations about growing up.
Our down-to-earth approach combined with humor and clear factual information provided by health educators is focused on preteen and teen developmental space while honoring and respecting families’ traditions and beliefs."