UT Extension Office offers Girl Talk classes

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Girls love to talk.  But when it comes to the issues of sexuality, family values and responsibility they may not be talking to the right people.

In an effort to enhance communication between preteen girls and their mothers the University of Tennessee Extension and the Tennessee Department of Health is sponsoring Girl Talk classes.

According to Connie Greiner, family & consumer sciences / 4-H agent, the four week course which targets nine to 13 year-old girls and their mothers was developed by adolescent development specialist Dr. Judy Berryhill and is based on her experiences with her own teenage daughter.

“The program presents factual information on sexuality, the risks of early sexual activity and responsibility,” Greiner said of the focus of the four week long course.  “We don’t pressure.  We are just putting the facts out on the table.”

While the topics of discussion may not be typical for participants Greiner said the goal of the program is to facilitate a dialogue between mothers and daughters that will continue far beyond the end of the four week course.

“We want to encourage communication within the family,” Greiner explained.

Classes will be held on Monday evenings at LaFollette Middle School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning April 5.  Classes are limited to 12 mother/daughter pairs.  For more information or to pre-register for the program, contact the UT Extension Office of Campbell County at 562-9474.