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BOYS (Grades 5-6)

What's NORMAL Anyway?

A Workshop for Boys and the Parents and Guardians Who Love Them

T his workshop helps parents/guardians share God's plan for the gift of sexuality as they prepare their sons for the often confusing physical and psychological changes of puberty.

This workshop brings parents/guardians and boys together to learn more about God's gift of sexuality and the mysterious changes of puberty. They learn when, how and why a boy's body changes. What happens first and what is NORMAL anyway? They will get answers for the age-appropriate scary sexual questions that they are often unable to ask. The workshop also comes with the information that could be included in an "owner's manual" on how to care for your body.

Workshop Objectives:
A t the end of the workshop boys and their parents/guardians will be able to:

1. List the different meanings of the word sex: gender and sexuality.

2. Identify sexuality as the gift of God (Genesis 2).

3. List the five parts of sexuality - spiritual, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional. (Notice how the first letters of those aspects spell SPICE.)

4. Discuss what Pope John Paul II 's Theology of the Body teaches about God's gift of sexuality and fertility.

5. Describe how they can inherit different growth patterns from their families.

6. Discuss how boys and girls can grow at different rates.

7. List the physical changes that occur during puberty.

8. Identify the psychological changes that occur during puberty.

9. List how to care for a healthy body.

10. Discuss how they can learn to love others as Jesus loves us.

11. Identify why boys need to talk with parents/guardians about their changing bodies.

12. Describe how boys can talk with their parents/guardians about sex.

13. Describe how parents/guardians can help each others children make healthy choices.

14. Discuss age appropriate answers to their questions.

1 ½ hour interactive workshop using a "Quiz show" ice-breaker, overheads, slides, discussions, questions and answers, and helpful handouts.

Mary Lee O'Connell, CRNP - 8/04