Frequently Asked Questions

What age group does this program target?

The school program has been field tested with 4th – 8th graders. It highly recommended to be used with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders with most schools choosing to use it in the 5th grade. It is recommended that it be used in 7th – 8th graders who have never had a comprehensive class about puberty and adolescence or as on on-the-shelf resource when any questions arise or incidents at school merit a review of this basic information.

The parent program is recommended to parents prior to their children entering puberty to prepare parents to be ready to discuss these topics knowledgably and comfortably with their children whenever questions arise. This could be as early as pre school, especially on the topic of "where do babies come from"? See examples of actual questions asked by pre-school age children in "101 Questions Kids Really Ask and the Answers They Need to Know!"

Because this information and delivery is timeless, it can be an on-the-shelf resource before, during, and after puberty itself for all children in a family.

Is This Program for Me or For My Child?

Definitely for both! The program arms parents and educators with accurate age-appropriate information to help facilitate dialogue both at home and at school about sensitive issues by encouraging a thorough review of all information BEFORE viewing or using with children. In a comfortable and professional manner, Ms. Halter guides children in a thorough discussion about the information they need to know about growing. She constantly reinforces that they are normal and their bodies will grow and develop in a way that is just right for them. Not only does she encourage the children to talk to caring adults both at home and at school, the DVDs purposely include "pause" slides to make that dialogue with your child easier.

How Do I Get This Program Into My Child's School?

The best way to get this program in your child's school is to purchase it yourself so that you can truly become an advocate for the program. Share the website with the parents of your child's friends and form a coalition to appeal to your school nurse, your principal or your district board. Our research shows that the very best way to disseminate this information is a parent/school partnership where all children in a peer group are receiving the same basic information both at school and in their home. As with all important learning, a "one-time talk" does not have the impact that repeated reinforcement of the same information delivers. Another avenue is to have this become a PTA project whereby the PTA purchases and sells Parent Versions (receiving a portion of the proceeds) to enable the PTA to purchase the School Versions as a gift for the school.

What is the difference between the Girls Version and the Boys Version?

Approximately 80% of the information is exactly the same and approximately 20% is gender specific. In the area of hygiene, the focus for boys is obviously hygiene for boys and for girls, hygiene for girls. There is certainly more detail about menstrual periods in the girls version, but boys do learn appropriate information about girls menstrual periods so they can be respectful of girls. The same is true about erections and nocturnal emissions – boys receive more information about those topics than girls but girls do learn about them.

Why do girls learn about boys and boys learn about girls?

Boys and girls don't live in separate worlds. "A Time To Talk", through accurate age-appropriate information, creates a comfortable environment where we can arm young people with respect for their own bodies and the bodies of others through education to help ensure their healthy futures.

What is the difference between the School Version and the Parent Version?

These versions are almost exactly the same. In fact, the Parent Version was derived directly from the School version by just removing the direct references to schools or classrooms.

"I just can't believe how candidly and thoroughly this book handles questions. There is absolutely no way I could get through without tripping over my own tongue… It is a perfect gift for ANY parent trying to navigate puberty with a child."
Sherri Rinderle, mother of three girls