Archive for Thursday, May 1, 2008

Annual tea designed to help young girls’ transition

May 1, 2008

Providence Medical Center once again will be playing host to its annual mother/daughter tea to educate young girls as they begin to transition into womanhood.

In an effort to make the experience of puberty positive, staff of the medical center will be inviting area girls, ages 9 to 12, to come with their mothers to learn about the physical and spiritual changes that are taking place in their bodies.

"The goal is really to open up the chain of communication between the girls and their mothers," said Cindy McGuire, Providence marketing coordinator and organizer of the tea. "It's a starting point to get the moms and girls to start talking about this."

The tea will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at the University of St. Mary, 4100 S. Fourth St., Leavenworth, in the Walnut room of Mead Hall. Another tea will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 4, at the Keenan Education Center at Providence Medical Center, 8929 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

The tea will take on a three-prong approach, McGuire said, in educating participants about the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of puberty.

Recurring throughout the event will be a theme of strengthening the bond between parent and child.

"All women go through this," McGuire said of puberty. "It's good for girls to see that every woman goes through this no matter who you are to make them feel more comfortable."

To add a mature element to the event, which goes right along with the theme of changes during growth, the girls will be treated to a tea. The girls tend to dress up, McGuire said, and enjoy having the fancy foods that consist of fruits and petit fours.

The final session of the day will be a question and answer section. McGuire said at first the girls are shy about asking questions so many of the mothers open up and share their own experiences.

"Our mission is to focus on the Catholic tradition, so we really want the girls to ask the parents about this instead of a neighbor or friend," McGuire said. "We've just found that if (girls) are more comfortable talking to a parent, that overall, as they go through the teenage years, they will have a better relationship."

Reservations are required due to limited seating. For more information or to register, call (913) 281-7777.

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