From tween to teen

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By Special to the Monitor

Hitting puberty can be a real obstacle course. Adolescents, particularly girls, have to dodge and hurdled over challenges that range from physical changes to emotional developments.

To deal with this maturity, complete, accurate information is needed so girls and their parents know what to expect and how to deal with these changes.

 As girls approach teenage years, their bodies change and they need complete, accurate information about what to expect and how deal  to with these changes.

Family Strengths Network is offering a program to provide this necessary information.

“Tweens to Teens” is a workshop for girls age 9-13 and their moms, or other female adults. It will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday in the FSN meeting room.

Instructors are Megan Pfeffer, who is a registered nurse for Los Alamos County Public Health, and Jennifer Bartram, who has been helping families communicate for 15 years.

The workshop will include discussion of the biology of puberty including what changes girls can expect and how to deal with them. Pfeffer and Bartram use games and activities to foster fun, supportive discussion. As kids enter adolescence, communication patterns may also change, so the workshop will also include how to maintain open communication and shared values with parents. Families will leave with a tool kit to help youth make the transition into puberty, including the book, “The Care and Keeping of You” and a packet of up-to-date resources.

“Helping families navigate potentially difficult waters is an important part of FSN’s work,” said Susan Mack, executive director of FSN. “Our instructors make it easy and natural for parents and kids to communicate, even on this awkward subject.”

A pizza dinner will be provided and childcare for younger siblings is available with a reservation. Girls must be accompanied by a female adult.

To register, call 662-4515 or register online at lafsn.org. Family Strengths Network is a private, nonprofit organization serving families through workshops and activities that help build healthy families.

For more information, call 662-4515 or visit www.lafsn.org. FSN is located at 1990 Diamond Drive in the Pueblo Complex in Los Alamos.