Information For Girl Scout Troops
The goal of Anatomy For Kids is that children everywhere will have the knowledge to make wise choices about their bodies.
Puberty slowly awakens in young girls and tends to surprise both mom and daughter. By about 8 or 9 years old, many girls begin to notice a change in their body odor and tiny lumps in their breasts.
These are early signs that puberty has begun. The early days of puberty are relatively calm, but raise concern in our young girls as they question why their body is changing.
Let’s replace concern with CELEBRATION!
“This was one of the best gifts I have ever given to my daughter and to myself! Thank you Dr. Metten!!
Small groups of girls ages 8-10 learning about the early changes of puberty
in a fun and interactive setting
Using the I’m a Girl, My Changing Body book as a guide, the girls
- Learn how their body is beginning to change as they enter puberty
- Gain confidence in their bodies and themselves
- Join a “safe place” to ask questions and learn from each other
As parents, the best thing we can do is to equip our daughters with the knowledge to understand their bodies and be prepared for this life-changing transition.
This is the catalyst for me creating the I’m a Girl series of books.
In the second book of the I’m a Girl series, I’m a Girl, My Changing Body, the three girls in the storyline are just beginning to realize that their body is changing. They have lots of questions for Dr. M about why their breasts are tender and why hair is growing in new places.
Within a year or two, these same girls will begin to experience more changes as their body prepares for its first period. By 10 years old, most girls are ready to join a Celebrate Puberty Workshop for girls ages 10-13 that is taught from the third book in the I’m a Girl Series called I’m a Girl, Hormones!.
I’ve been providing small group sessions for young girls and for sports teams for a few years. They have been extremely well received and the parents are so grateful that their daughters had this opportunity to learn from an expert in a fun and supportive environment.
Celebrate Puberty Workshops are taught by Dr. Shelley Metten, a celebrated author, educator and anatomist. Dr. Metten retired recently from the faculty of the UCLA Medical School to pursue her dream of teaching young girls and boys about their changing body during puberty. Her hope with these workshops is to inspire young girls with the joy of becoming a young woman.
Girls participating in this Celebrate Puberty Workshop will:
- Receive a complimentary copy of I’m a Girl, My Changing Body*
- Have fun learning with girls her own age
- Participate in hands-on activities that illustrate main concepts
*If you already have a copy of I’m a Girl, My Changing Body, let us know and we will provide you with a promo code to purchase another book of your choice!
“I am so happy to have had this opportunity to establish a framework with my daughter. She now understands what is about to happen to her and her body, and I know that she is not afraid to ask questions.
We have opened the door to more discussions, and she knows that she can ask me anything. Those were my two biggest goals when signing up for this workshop, and I know they were met 100%!
I highly recommend Dr. M’s books and workshops to anyone with a child approaching this delicate topic; it’s time to help our kids know that they are going through something that EVERYONE goes through, and while it’s awkward and weird, it’s also part of life!
~ Natalie, parent
Bringing a friend (and her mom) gives girls the opportunity to share this experience with a trusted peer, and have someone to talk to for support. Young girls feel comfortable with others their own age and form lasting relationships as they help each other through this transition.
Along with all the other special Girl Scout moments, this could be one of the best! Celebrate Puberty Workshops give girls a chance to deepen their bond even more while learning about a critical part of their development.
“Thank you so much for speaking to the girls! They really enjoyed it and felt really comfortable with you. You gave the girls a safe space to open up about a topic that would otherwise be difficult. Thank you!”
– Diane, Parent
A special note for parents: we do NOT discuss any sexual content in this workshop. Dr. Metten teaches the girls about their own body and the changes that are happening during early puberty.
Parents are encouraged to attend the workshop with their daughter. The content of this workshop is limited to the information contained in the book, I’m a Girl, My Changing Body, including the structure of the female reproductive system, changes in emotions, changes in the breasts, and skin changes like hair in new places and body odor.
Moms often tell me that they have enjoyed meaningful conversations with their daughters after the Celebrate Puberty Workshops that made the experience even more special for both of them.
“What I’ve learned is amazing, and I wouldn’t have understood puberty without Dr. M’s help!”
– Anna, age 9
- What is puberty?
Learn about this exciting time of change in your body
- What are the parts of my girl anatomy?
Discover where the changes are beginning to happen
- What is happening to my breasts?
Find out about breast buds
- Why do I smell different?
Hear about your skin and what is starting to change
- Why are my emotions changing?
Talk about how their brain is changing
Celebrate Puberty workshops last for an hour and a half.
I find that this length of time is more appropriate for young girls. These concepts are new for most of them and I want them to be comfortable with the time that we spend together.
The workshops are interactive.
The concepts are coupled with a hands-on activity to encourage conversation and to have more fun.
Groups of six (6) or more are best.
This number is small enough to allow time for Dr. Metten to engage with the group and for them to be comfortable learning from her. A secondary benefit is that the girls can form a trusted circle of friends that can continue to support each other throughout puberty.
We meet where it’s convenient for you!
I am happy to join you at a location that is convenient for you. I provide workshops in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles areas and am available weekday afternoons or evenings, or weekends.
What is the cost for the workshop?
The cost is $30* per participant (Moms are free!) and includes a copy of I’m A Girl, My Changing Body, as well as a gift bag.
*Due to my partnership with Girl Scouts of San Diego, I’m able to offer a special discount for Girl Scout Troops.
I want to schedule a workshop. How do I do that?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your workshop and discuss details. Feel free to share prospective dates and any questions you may have. Please note in the subject field that you are a Girl Scout Troop.