Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) Offers "Let's Talk" Workshop for Parents in Olympia on October 22nd

PPGNW helps parents communicate with their children about puberty and sexual health


 Kristen Glundberg-Prossor

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Published: 10.19.13| Updated: 10.19.13

Olympia -- Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) is excited to announce an opportunity for parents. We know that most parents want to talk openly with their children about sex and sexuality, but many want help knowing how and where to begin. Parents and those caring for children of any age are invited to join Planned Parenthood at a workshop to learn when and how to talk with children about sexuality and how to answer their questions.


Planned Parenthood of the Northwestís Letís Talk workshops will teach parents communication skills and support them in opening a dialog with their children about family values, decisions, and boundaries around health and sexuality issues.  The next workshop is scheduled for Tuesday from 6:00 Ė 8:30 pm at 402 Legion Way, Suite 100, Olympia.  Letís Talk Workshops can be scheduled in private homes, Planned Parenthood Health Centers or third party locations.  Workshops can be scheduled by calling 206-328-7715.


ďTeens rank parents as the number one influence on their sexual decisions and yet parents are often very uncomfortable starting the conversation,Ē said Tim McLeod, Community Health Educator at PPGNW.  ďProviding accurate information about sexual health to their children is essential to most parents, but many do not know how, when, or where to begin.  Planned Parenthood can help with that.Ē


Letís Talk workshops are led by Planned Parenthood health educators trained to provide age-appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive sex education.  The workshops will assist parents in becoming informed sexuality educators and advocates for their children and begin a lifelong dialogue between children and their parents.


According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, by age nine, parents should be teaching their children to be sexually responsible.  At this age, a childís body will be going through many changes to prepare for puberty.  The Academy recommends parents talk to their kids about delaying sexual intercourse and about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases, especially AIDS. 


Letís Talk is designed to improve the social climate around sex and health by creating more open, honest, and balanced discussion about the issues while helping parents develop the skills to talk with their children and share their values.


For more information about Letís Talk or to schedule a workshop, please call 206.328.7715 or email:


Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is the regionís leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest operates 28 health centers in Alaska, Idaho, and western Washington, providing medical services and sexuality education for thousands of women, men, and teenagers each year. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.  We rely heavily on support from donors to help sustain responsible reproduction.

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