'GirlTalk,' a new program designed to facilitate communication between fifth grade girls and their mothers is planned to start Tuesday, February 11th, at the Alta High School Library in Alta.
'Girl Talk' is a program sponsored by Iowa State University Extension in Buena Vista County and Alta Community Schools. The program is designed as a series of four sessions, each about two hours in length. 'Girl Talk' will promote positive self-esteem while helping mothers and daughters communicate about the future, according to Rhonda K. Christensen, County Extension Education Director and one of the class facilitators.
"These are trying times for parents, especially parents of pre-teens. Children nine to twelve years old are at an age when they are trying to understand what is happening to their bodies, what guidelines to follow, and how to respond to the constant negative messages surrounding them," said Christensen.
The dates for the program are February 11th, (for mothers only), and then on February 19th, 24th, and 26th, for moms and daughters. The sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Alta High School Library. There is a $7.50 charge per family for the program, according to Christensen.
Program facilitators will be Christensen and Brenda Halverson, RN, school nurse for Alta Community Schools. During the fourth session on February 26th, a panel of high school students will be present to ask questions and Faust Institute of Cosmetology will present information on hair, skin and nail care.
Information on registration is available by contacting the Extension office at 732-5056 or contacting Brenda Halverson at the Alta Community Schools. Pre-registration is limited to 12 families, or 12 mom's and 12 daughters. In the case a mom can't attend, Christensen suggested a special female friend, neighbor or relative may want to participate with the fifth grade girl.
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