Workshops

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INTRODUCTION

Who are these workshops for?

The Tools for Having “The Talks” workshops are for parents, caregivers and teachers, who want to talk to their children about bodies, boundaries and sexuality. Certainly, many parents would like open channels of communication with their children, especially around “The Talks”. However, many of us have no idea where to start, or what information is appropriate. At the same time, we often feel uncomfortable and awkward having these talks with children.

It is because of this, that I created these workshops. To help increase parents’ confidence and skills, when having (or starting) age-appropriate talks and discussions with children about their bodies, good & bad touches, safety & consent, peer pressure, family creation, relationships and more.

These workshops are not limited to parents and guardians. Aunts, uncles, social workers and psychologists have attended these workshops and found them helpful with their interactions with children and young people.

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Age Appropriate Content?

To ensure the content is age-appropriate for talking with children of different ages, these workshops are based on the International Sexuality Education Guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The workshops are age-group specific. Because talking to a 4-year-old child is going to be different to talking a 12-year-old. Therefore, the workshops are divided into the following age groups How to talk to: 3-6-year-olds | 7-10-year-olds |  11-14-year-olds

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Workshops

Each workshop in the series is 3 hours long. Workshops are spread out over 4 months, with one workshop a month. This is to allow participants the opportunity to practice talking to their children in the ways we discuss in each workshop. This leads to useful feedback on how they have found using the tools and skills covered in the previous workshop.

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Speaking With Children About Sex
- by Casey Blake

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Structure of the Workshops

Each workshop in the series is 3 hours long. Workshops are spread out over 4 months, with one workshop a month. This is to allow participants the opportunity to practice talking to their children in the ways we discuss in each workshop. This leads to useful feedback on how they have found using the tools and skills covered in the previous workshop.

WORKSHOP 1

How to talk to children about Bodies and Puberty
  • The importance of speaking about the entire body with our children, and how.
  • How to speak about the genitals and puberty without the awkwardness and shame many of us experienced.
  • Potential consequences of not speaking about these topics at all, in negative ways, or using incomplete messages.
  • Gender

WORKSHOP 2

How to talk to children about Touching, Safety and Consent
  • How not all pleasurable touch is sexual.
  • Good and bad touches, and feelings of being safe vs unsafe.
  • We reflect on previous conversations we’ve had with our children about who can and cannot touch their bodies, and why.
  • We unpack how to speak to children about boundaries for their own bodies. How to navigate societal expectations for physical contact – e.g. hugs at social gatherings.
  • Secrets, surprises and abuse

WORKSHOP 3

How to talk to children about sex and sexuality

  • In this session we combine tools and information from Workshops 1 and 2. Building on the tools from the first to workshops, we discuss ways to appropriately speak about sex, contraception, STIs and prevention, and family creation.

WORKSHOP 4

Consolidation and integration

  • In this final workshop of the series, we go over any sticky points you still might have, and together think of ways to address any of these issues.
  • There is space to ask more questions about your specific situations, and get feedback and suggestions on ways forward.