SOURCE SEMINAR: Nov. 29 ‘Girls Night Out’ Talk for Preteens and Moms

Until just a few years ago, schools used to present a health talk to preteen girls. “The Talk” generally happened around 5th grade and it was an informative session that helped young ladies understand what was about to happen to their changing bodies.

There were a lot of uncomfortable giggles and the girls and boys were separated.

Guess what: Schools don’t do the embarrassing presentations anymore.

But the sessions were a great conversation starter for girls and their moms. Coming home with the little pink gift-bag was a turning point from childhood.

We thought it would be a good idea to continue the tradition. So we are presenting the talk and calling it, “Girls Night Out.” It will be for girls in fourth through sixth grade.

We hope this will be the beginning of a series of community seminars, a kind of community conversation about topics that could include bullying, politics, business, life, crime and other topics important to South County residents. We hope to hold these Source Seminars at both the Edgewater and the South County branches of the public library.

This Girls Night Out talk will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Lane. It is for girls and their female caregivers only. The girls will sit upfront while moms/aunt/cousin/grandmom sit toward the back of the room. There is a $5 fee for each pair of attendees (girl + mom).  This is not a drop-off event.

Our presenter is Dr. Ngozi Wexler, a board-certified Ob-Gyn who lives in South County and practices at Ft. Meade. Dr. Wexler will be leading the talk and answering questions. There will be a power point presentation that addresses some of the most important aspects of hygiene, hair growth, body changes, acne, menstruation and more.  We will not cover reproductive issues, which are still covered in middle and high school health classes.

The audience will submit questions confidentially and anonymously through the question box to help eliminate any embarrassment factor.

This will be a talk to help girls get good information about what will be happening—or what is already happening—to their preteen bodies. It is the start of a conversation that you can continue at home.

Girls will receive a starter kit of feminine care and hygiene products, as well as informative brochures provided by the Anne Arundel County Health Department.

We have the library room until 8:30 p.m., so there should be plenty of time for questions.

For more information, call 410-353-4706.

Click here to RSVP. The $5 fee will be payable at the door. We are limiting the number of attendees to 20 to keep it small and cozy for a real conversation. Please include an email address in your reply so that we can send you a reminder in the days before.

Please note that we will not keep the emails or use them for other purposes.

If the $5 fee causes difficulty, please say so in your RSVP and we will waive it. We want this to be informational, not a hardship. Also, if you are a single dad and want your daughter to attend, please find a female friend for your daughter—a cousin, an aunt. However, if this causes a hardship, please let us know in the comments of your RSVP. We’re happy to make your daughter feel as comfortable as possible.

See you there.

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