Great Conversations

Helping families with Conversations about Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing Up Stuff.

Mission: Helping preteens and their families in conversations about body changes, sex and other growing up topics.

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When Do Teens Feel Loved by Their Parents?

Great Conversations aren't always easy. Every family experiences conflict. "...moments of love accumulate like a reservoir that you can dip into to help smooth the edges when disagreements inevitably happen." How are you sharing your love today to build that reservoir? In their drive for independence, teenagers can seem to reject parents. A new study suggests that the key to making them feel loved is to be persistently warm, even in conflict.

Register for now for a great conversation! October classes now live on our website. Link in bio, or find us online at

The 2020 Back-to-School List for Teens’ Emotional Well-Being

Connection, Connection, Connection. What teens need now as school begins...from Lisa Damour. Forget backpacks and binders. Here are the essentials teenagers will need for the strange school year ahead.

Don't miss the fun! We believe important conversations happen at home. The CHAT brings conversations about bodies, puberty, feelings, sex, and other important topics of growing up right to you. With content, videos, and conversations prompts - our Great Conversations' instructors offer families the opportunity to explore ideas together. Our August and September workshop series are posted - register today!

Ready to have some conversations about puberty?? Join The Chat - Great Conversations' new online series for families. The July series starts next week! Register at

31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

Great Conversations is committed to supporting families having important talks with each other. We all need resources on the journey. Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, this children’s reading list focuses on taking action. It highlights resistance, resilience and activism; and seeks to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice.


At Days for Girls, our work is based on a foundation of justice, peace, equity and a recognition of the worth in every person. As we mourn the senseless murder of George Floyd and countless others, we support those who uphold our values in the struggle for social change. We stand in solidarity with the Black community now, and always.

A better and brighter future is possible - and worth striving for. Together, we can build it.

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Talking to Children About Racial Bias

Great Conversations is committed to having important conversations in families. Here are some thoughts on having conversations on race from the American Academy of Pediatrics.®i_id=47324257&segment_id=29946&te=1&user_id=ceadb2e35deb0a3b0d987f62cfce6f71

The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health

Fact. Racism impacts the health and well-being of children and adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to addressing the factors that affect child and adolescent health with a focus on issues that may leave some children more vulnerable than others. Racism is a social determinant of health that has a profound impact on the health status of children, ado...

The word is out! Families are loving Great Conversations' new ZOOM online workshops. Bring your favorite preteen and create conversations on puberty, sex, emotions, and other topics on growing up with a team of teachers with 30+ years experience.

Do any of your family conversations need an apology these days?? Great Conversations start with some of these helpful ideas from Brene Brown.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to apologize A LOT over the past six weeks - which makes this the perfect time to lean into Dr. Harriet Lerner's work on apologizing.

This two-episode podcast special is based on a course that Harriet and I did together on her groundbreaking book, "Why Won't You Apologize: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts."

When you listen, you can expect authentic, hard conversations (and one helluva role play) about making mistakes, healing hurts, and being brave.

During a time of deep uncertainty and anxiety - when many of us have struggled to be our best selves all of the time - apologizing has never been more important.

Listen to the full episode here:

Need a plan for responding to meltdowns?

Helping Teens Make Room for Uncomfortable Emotions

"Emotional strength builds as we find our way through troublesome times." Lisa Damour PhD.
Conversations with our kids about their disappointment and loss resulting from COVID 19. Psychological health includes being able to bear unpleasant feelings.

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‎Hopefully Somebody Knows: 16 - Julie Metzger - Great Conversations about puberty, empathy and modeling strong relationships on Apple Podcasts

Great Conversations' founder, Julie Metzger on "Hopefully Somebody Knows...Conversations with and for DADS.
Podcast host Scott Finholm says about the interview: What I expected to be a talk about the physical aspects of puberty turned into something far richer: a discussion about emotions, empathy, modeling strong and loving relationships and how you sometimes just have to shut up and let your kid talk. I won't spoil any more of this but I will say that I personally learned far more in this episode than I could have ever anticipated and I guarantee you'll learn something too. ‎Show Hopefully Somebody Knows, Ep 16 - Julie Metzger - Great Conversations about puberty, empathy and modeling strong relationships - Apr 10, 2020

Parenting When the Family Is Locked Inside

Need some perspective while sheltering in with your teen? One of our favorite expert on adolescents, Lisa Damour PhD, is the first 30 minutes of this podcast. "Get your empathy on."
Super helpful. The clinical psychologist Lisa Damour discusses the specific challenges of raising teenagers during the pandemic, and Dwight Garner asks Pamela Paul about putting together the Book Review.

Journaling can be a helpful way to process and reflect - Great Conversations has a special offer discounted price $10 for - This is Me, A Journal for Girls by Julie Metzger with prompts and opportunities for girls to process their experiences and emotions.

Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters

Sheltering in with teenagers - “make space for disappointment and sadness, make space for relief and joy” - Lisa Damour PhD Because of coronavirus, teenagers are missing out on major rites of passage. Offering compassion paves their way toward feeling better.

While we are all discovering new ways to be together, maybe it’s time to talk about sex?? Need some conversation starters?? Here are some ideas.

Let's take care of the caregivers who need us. Seattle Children's is asking for help.

Seattle Children’s is actively working to conserve and to acquire more protective equipment for its providers, patients and caregivers. Thanks to our generous community, we are no longer accepting mask donations. For ways to help during this time, please visit our website:

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Especially in a moment like this, it's important to remember the basics of what a Great Conversation looks and sounds like. A safe place where there is room for each other - with respect, space, eye contact, CONNECTION.

THIS IS ADORABLE! A father and his infant son have gone viral after an adorable video surfaced of the two pretending to have a "conversation."

Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19 | On the Pulse

Just when you need a Great Conversation with a worried child or teen, Seattle Children's has some ideas. Learn how to share information about COVID-19 with the children and teens in your life in a way that helps prevent too much worry.

[03/12/20]   All Great Conversations classes offered in March and April are cancelled.
Contact our amazing registration team at [email protected] to find another class later this year.
Keep those Conversations going with clean hands!

Have You Had the "Dating Talk" With Your Teen?

Great Conversations’ instructor Amy Johnson adds her thoughts on Great Conversations on dating. Navigating young love with your tween or teen

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The Mothers of Sons and Dads of Daughters talks have been postponed until October. Your registration has automatically moved to October 7 (Dads) and October 8 (Moms). We look forward to seeing you then! If those dates do not work, you may cancel your registration through Brown Paper Tickets - The first and only fair trade ticketing company!

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Ready for a Great Conversation? Replacing worries and rumors with facts and adding a whole lot of hand washing. You may have heard the word "coronavirus" online or on TV. You probably have a lot of questions. Check out our comic to get some answers — and print out a zine version at home.

What Teen Boys Think About Sex, Love, and Hooking up

What is important to teen boys? Register for Mothers of Sons - facilitated by Great Conversations' founder, Julie Metzger at Peggy Orenstein, author of "Boys & Sex," talks about what teen boys are thinking, doing, and saying.

Mothers of Sons

Spots just opened up in the "sold out" March parent talk: Mothers of Sons - register with a friend! Parent talk focused on physical, social, emotional development of boys and the unique mom/son relationship.

Why Teenagers Reject Parents’ Solutions to Their Problems

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Adolescents are looking for...connection, empathy, and a sounding board. Instead of sharing your “6 great ideas” when your preteen or teen falls apart try: “that’s rough” “you’ve got this” “tell me more”.

Love this from Lisa Damour - It’s usually because we’re not giving them what they’re really looking for.

What Your Teen Wishes You Knew About Sex Education

What fun! Seattle Children's Cora Breuner talking truth about strategies on conversations about sex on NPR. Consent, dating, masturbation, porn. It can be difficult having conversations about sex and relationships with teens. NPR's Life Kit has a few tips to help make those talks your kids feel more comfortable.

Priming the Teenage Brain for Compassion - Mindful

Wonderful short video by expert, Dr. Dan Siegel on Priming the Teenage Brain for Compassion. He reminds us the goal of teen brain development - connection. Adolescent development isn't all hormones and drama. As Daniel Siegal explains, it's a time when teens begin to foster greater compassion and kindness.

How Do You Talk To Kids About Sex? - Become an Askable Parent with AMAZE

Looking for some inspiration and a few opening lines?
A podcast for parents on "how to talk to your kids about sex" from the creative team at Wondering how to become an askable parent? AMAZE is here to help! In this episode, you’ll learn how to talk to your kids about sex, including why it’s important to let go of preconceived gender roles and why words are just words.Become An Askable ...

How to Improve Communication and Closeness

Wondering why your adolescent can't hear you? The tone of our voice matters when having conversations...Try a "warm start-up" when bringing up difficult topics or suggestions. Is it all about tone?

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