Monthly Discussion: 12:20 - 1:30pm
Sex is an important topic to discuss again and again throughout the child and teen years. Parents can feel unsure about what information to provide, and when. After all, it's not just talking about sex - it's also about hormones, puberty, attraction, respect, boundaries, and so much more. Additionally, for adopted and fostered children, children who have experienced trauma, and those conceived using donor-assisted reproduction, these issues can be even more complicated. Imagine what may go on in the minds of children and teens that they might not be able to articulate:
- Where do I come from? (some younger children don't realize they had a birth father as well as a birth mother).
- Sex is supposed to be for two people who love each other, but what about my biological parents?
- If I was rejected early on, how do I know I won't be rejected again?
- When someone breaks up with me or isn't attracted to me, I feel abandoned and unwanted again.
- I've already been more sexually active than my parents realize, and I'm afraid to tell them.
Though it can feel intimidating or uncomfortable, talking about sex presents an opportunity for authentic and normalizing conversation, accurate information (rather than just playground or social media talk), and emerging comfort for both adults and kids in talking about intimate issues. Join us to learn practical information and share experiences.
Parent Support Meeting: 1:30-2:30pmImmediately following our Monthly Discussion, we'll gather in two smaller groups to share experiences and ideas in a supportive environment. One group will focus on general parenting concerns while the other will discuss parenting children with attachment and behavioral issues. There is no extra fee for this portion of the meeting - just register for the Monthly Discussion; those who cannot stay for both meetings can just come for one or the other.
Parent Support Meeting is open to all parents and caregivers, including waiting/prospective parents.
FREE FOR MEMBERS
140HKD for non-members or lapsed members (or click here to join/renew your membership and attend this event for FREE).
Seating is limited, registration and payment are required in advance.
Please arrive to check-in at 12:20 for the Monthly Discussion meeting from 12:20-1:30pm. This will be immediately followed by the Parent Support Discussion Meeting from 1:30-2:30pm.
Participants can also choose to obtain a Certificate of Attendance for participation in this event. We hope this certificate may support an adoption application by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to learning about the needs of parenting a child through adoption.
You are welcome to bring your own lunch and beverage.
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