Girl Talk event for parents and adolescent daughters

By: Makayla Disburg .

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As a parent, it’s not always easy to find the right words when trying to talk to your adolescent daughter on the physical and emotional changes that come with growing up. An upcoming interactive program hosted by Sanford Health can help get the conversation started.

On Feb. 26, Sanford Health will host its Girl Talk event in the Schroeder Auditorium at Sanford USD Medical Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sanford Health employees will cover the sexual development as well as the social and emotional issues teenage girls may experience

“One of the intents is to present information in a way that is both developmentally appropriate for daughters but informative for parents,” said Karla Harmon, CSW-PIP, an integrated health therapist at Sanford Health. “It can be a springboard for conversations in their own homes.”

Harmon, who will be one of the Girl Talk presenters, said a good way for parents to encourage their daughters to attend is to explain the mutual relationship that will come from it. Often, the more education families receive together, the easier it is for trust to develop and for parents to give their children more freedom.

“It’s at the age where they’re just hitting the beginning of adolescence,” Harmon said. “It’s a really good time to start getting more knowledgeable about what’s going on, and what’s going on in the world. Be knowledgeable, not scared.”

In addition to learning about the health changes during adolescence, a police officer will share information on internet safety. Guests will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions on how to stay safe online during the impressionable adolescent years.

At the end of the session, parents and daughters will have the chance to divide and ask questions separately. This allows parents to follow up with any questions they may have with the midwives, physician or officer, and also give daughters a chance to ask questions they may not prefer to ask around their parents. 

The event is free, but people are encouraged to register online.

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