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.

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.

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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. Supplies are limited due to the impact on manufacturing and a dramatic increase in global demand. If you have access to any style of basic isolation mask such as the one pictured below, we could use the support.

Update: We are currently accepting basic isolation masks and surgical masks. At this time, we kindly decline any other masks. We currently do not have a need for anything other than masks (e.g. latex gloves) at this time.

We can accept curbside drop off of unopened boxes or bags of masks between 9am-3pm M-F at the Seattle Children’s Guild Association Office. We are located within the Seattle Children’s Administrative Building located at 6901 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. We will get these items to the hospital; please do not drop off supplies at the hospital.

We can also accept curbside drop off between 9am-3pm M-F at the Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic located at 1500 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.

If you have questions, please email [email protected] or call 206-987-2153.

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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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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?

Preteen and Teen Girls, Puberty and the Period | 91.3 KBCS

Looking for some ideas for having conversations with your kids about puberty? This podcast with Great Conversations' founder, Julie Metzger was voted top ten! Are you, or someone you know navigating the preteen and/or the teen girl? Julie Metzger is a Pediatric Nurse and Founder of Great Conversations. Metzger has been providing programs for families of teens on the topic of sex, puberty and growing up for over 30 years. She speaks with KBCS’s Yuko Koda...

How to Avoid Power Struggles in Hot-Button Moments

Seattle expert on adolescents, Laura Kastner, has ideas for Great Conversations with your teen. ‘N’ is for negotiating skills

The Birds And The Bees — How To Talk To Children About Sex Sex, genitals, consent, self-touching — it's tricky to talk to younger kids about these topics. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around sex education so they can raise healthy, responsible kids.

Perspective | A scared parent’s guide to those awkward (but necessary) conversations about Internet porn

Getting started on the conversation on internet pornography. Important. Remember: every conversation is a building block of ongoing understanding. Doesn't have to be perfect. Needs to happen more than once. It’s hard enough to talk to your kids about plain old sex, let alone the panoply of pornography available to them through any electronic device.


Strategies for strengthening skills when your daughter is flooded with anxiety. By the amazing Lisa Damour

When your daughter is emotionally overwhelmed, give her a little time, suggests Lisa Damour.

"You have to wait it out. But these storms do pass. The brain will reset itself. Don't try to stop the storm or fix it in the moment."

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

Helpful strategies when having conversations with teens that are spiraling into negative thoughts. "...the idea is not to squelch the negative thought. Research has found that attempted "thought stopping" can actually make the idea stickier. Rather, you want your child to face the thought, thoroughly examine it and replace it with a more realistic and helpful perspective." Irritation and gloom may seem like the default mode for teenagers, but parents can help them gain a more realistic and resilient way of thinking. A clinical psychologist explains how.

How to talk to your middle-schooler (so they might actually listen to you)

Start your conversations with your middle schooler from a place of Curiosity instead of Criticism. Start by checking your baggage, and your judgment, at the door.

How to Give People Advice They’ll Be Delighted to Take

How does it look when you offer advice to your teen or preteen? Some helpful ideas here including - “It’s almost like people will say to you, ‘I want a strategy,’ and what they really mean is, ‘I want someone to understand,’”. Good reminder that lots of times what your adolescent is looking for is connection and listening and less for your 6 great ideas. Evaluate, collaborate and support.

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