Tough Talk Series

Tough Talk Series: It can be hard to find the right words or the right moment to talk to our children about difficult topics. These workshops are designed to give parents ideas, tools, and information to help.


Tough Talk: The Why and How of Talk to Children about Their Bodies and Sex Tuesday, October 29th - 7:00 PM
Tough Talk: Calming A Child’s Fears Over Shootings and Lockdowns Tuesday, November 12th - 7:00 PM
Tough Talk: Raising Children in Preparation for a Diverse World Thursday, December 5th - 7:00 PM
Tough Talk: A Conversation about Consent Tuesday, January 14th - 7:00 PM

Conversation is the New “Talk”: The Why and How of Talk to Children about Their Bodies and Sex

Come learn how to be an “Askable” parent. Join Clinical Social Worker and Mom, Melissa Kilbride for a candid presentation geared towards helping you tackle these and other questions that make parenting so…exciting!

This valuable workshop will cover the importance of early sexual health education as an issue of safety and as a path to later healthy relationships. Melissa will provide simple ways to approach these topics, aiming to reduce shame and discomfort for you, and your children! You’ll walk out the door feeling more confident about addressing these topics at home.

This is geared to the parents of toddlers to 10-year-olds.

Learn strategies to help your children and grandchildren develop resiliency and hope.

What do you say when your child/grandchild refuses to go to the movies because they are afraid to be shot to death? What do you say when your child/grandchild asks you if they are safe in school? What can you say when your child asks you if they are safe in school? Learn tips and mindfulness techniques to help both you and your child feel calm and safe in the world.

Join Nancy Kislin, LCSW, author of LOCKDOWN: Talking To Your Kids About School Violence, for an honest conversation about how are children really doing in this era of school lockdown drills and school shootings.

This presentation is designed to help parents and educators feel empowered to talk to their kids about diversity.

Using a 3-pronged approach, Dr. Samantha Sweeney provides attendees with multiple ways in which to have these conversations with kids, making it easy, accessible, and fun!

Parents and educators will walk away with more information and language about diversity as well as specific ideas and activities to implement at home or in the classroom.

Dr. Sweeney uses a variety of techniques to ensure that attendees leave the presentation feeling more knowledgeable and empowered.

It seems you can’t turn on the news, read a blog, or listen to a podcast without hearing about consent these days. And that’s a good thing – because we need to be discussing it! Consent is defining the difference between sex and assault. But what does it really mean? Maybe you are feeling unsure of how to talk to your children about it. Maybe you are uncertain of one should be asking for consent? Are you clear on what affirmative consent means and how to talk to your children about it?

This workshop will challenge you to think broadly about how you view consent. And it will give you some practical ways to start addressing the concept of consent early, as well as prepare you for how to discuss it as children transition into puberty and young adulthood.