Nonnie Talks about Puberty

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Oct 16, 2016 - 110 pages
The Nonnie Series seeks to open the door to parent or adult/child communication by addressing potentially complicated issues with sensitivity and warmth. In Nonnie Talks about Puberty, Dr. Podgurski looks at growing up through a wide lens. Her inclusive language validates all children, regardless of gender or gender identity. Adult support is vital during puberty; children who are gender non-conforming need support as well. All children will benefit from the kindness in this book. Children who are not questioning their gender or who are cisgender (their body parts match their gender identity) will grow in empathy from these gentle lessons. Children who are gender non-conforming or gender fluid will find a safe place for learning. The Nonnie Series believes Each Person is a Person of WorthTM!

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About the author (2016)

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski has been honored to serve young people since the seventies. She founded a county wide Teen Outreach in 1988; since its inception the Outreach has provided sexuality and health education to over 230,000 young people in grades 4 - 12. Dr. Podgurski runs the Common Ground Teen Center and has created seven interactive, dynamic educational programs for children and adults. She co-founded the first GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) in her community in 2005 and continues to volunteer with the group weekly. She has presented over 500 trainings and workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Podgurski is proud to be an adjunct professor at Washington and Jefferson College, where she created the course Teaching and Dealing with Sexuality in Schools. She can be reached at In 2014 Dr. Podgurski was inducted into the Washington Historical Society's Hall of Fame for her pioneering work with adolescents.

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