New York, NY (PRWEB) June 10, 2008
Healthy Chats LLC announces the Summer 2008 launch of My First Period Kit & DVD™, a modern approach to that traditional chat between mother and daughter.
While mothers know it's important to tell their 9 to 12 year old girls about their bodies and growing up, the information they provide is not always accurate or complete. Many well-intended parents get tongue-tied or steer away from specifics to avoid embarrassing moments. Others skip the talk altogether, leaving it up to elementary or middle school health classes whose curriculum may not be comprehensive, timely to a girl's development, encourage questions or pave the way for further discussion.
So how can parents help their pre-teen girls get all the facts to prepare them for what lies ahead?
Since 1993, Healthy Chats has been helping parents address how to share information on puberty, menstruation and sex with their children. Healthy Chats founder Dr. Chrystal de Freitas, a pediatrician, author and mother, leads the company's Healthy Chats for Girls™ seminars, designed for mothers to attend with their daughters. A physician for 24 years and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, de Freitas is passionate about parents taking responsibility for educating their daughters through on-going discussions about their bodies and all the changes that come with puberty.
Healthy Chats developed My First Period Kit & DVD to enable mothers to address body changes, menstruation, birth and conception comfortably and comprehensively at home. Parents can now review the accurate details and share age-appropriate essentials (and some lighthearted giggles) with their daughters, while setting a solid foundation for open discussions in the future.
"If parents don't give accurate information to their daughters, who will they be learning it from -- and just what will they be learning?" asks Dr. de Freitas, whose seminars were created to address what her own daughters' elementary school health classes lacked. "After I offered moral support to a nervous male science teacher who was preparing a brief health ed lesson plan for the girls in the class, he handed me his folder and said, 'Here, you do it!'" Once de Freitas presented her own curriculum, requests from moms came flooding in -- and the Healthy Chats seminars were born.
After 15 years of presenting mother-daughter seminars to groups including schools and Girl Scout troops, Dr. de Freitas wanted to bring her insights to a larger audience and created a parent- and girl-friendly kit featuring a DVD presentation of her seminar. "Parents who are uncomfortable with the subject or simply don't know how to even begin a conversation on body changes with their daughters should find the kit and DVD a very helpful tool," says the pediatrician.
The 99-minute DVD centerpiece of My First Period Kit & DVD features the sensitive-yet-fun Healthy Chats for Girls seminar and a bonus extra: The Birds and the Bees with Ease! ™ with separate moms-only section and a seminar segment with an age-appropriate explanation of sex/conception. A Parent Guide, Quick Reference Card, and 1-year Healthy Chats online subscription including newsletters and email access to Dr. de Freitas, plus a Butterfly Pad Purse and Butterfly Wristband complete the kit that retails at $19.95 on MyFirstPeriodKit.com and Amazon.com.
For more information, visit http://www.myfirstperiodkit.com
About Dr. Chrystal de Freitas & Healthy Chats LLC
Founded by Dr. Chrystal de Freitas M.D., FAAP, San Diego-based Healthy Chats LLC provides health education information to parents and their children through detailed seminars and online at HealthyChats.com. The company presents its Healthy Chats for Girls seminars for mothers and their pre-teen daughters, The Birds and the Bees with Ease! seminars for parents, and recently instituted Healthy Chats for Boys puberty seminars for sons to attend with one or both parents. In the Summer of 2008, Healthy Chats will launch My First Period Kit & DVD™ -- a modern approach to that traditional chat between mother and daughter -- based upon its Healthy Chats for Girls seminar. Visit their web site at healthychats.com.
In addition to Healthy Chats, Dr. de Freitas maintains a private practice at Carmel Valley Pediatrics and was selected by the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine as one of the area's top doctors (2006). She is the author of "Keys to Your Child's Healthy Sexuality" (Barron's Educational Series, 1998), "Puberty in Girls" and "Puberty in Boys" (Health Infone, 2000), and "The Birds and the Bees with Ease" (Medic Publishing Co., 2000).
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