How Do You Talk To A Pre-Teen?


Being a preteen isn’t easy. Just ask your 8-12-year-old daughter and she’ll tell you – or not. That’s why Rapides Regional Medical Center offers “Girl Talk”, a two-hour class designed for girls between the ages of 8 and 12 – and their mothers.  The class will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Monday, April 11th, in the Cascade Room at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  “Of course, if their mothers can’t attend, the girls can always bring an aunt or grandmother instead,” said Karen Z. Hathorn, RN, MSN, CNS, director of education. “We’ve even had one or two fathers who attended the class with their daughters.”

The idea is to explain some of the physical and emotional changes that occur to adolescents during puberty. But the class is also designed to help parents open the lines of communication with their daughters.  “The class offers ideas for parents who want to spend quality time with their daughters – and offers suggestions for getting to know each other better,” Hathorn said.

How Do You Talk To A Pre-Teen?The class fills up quickly. Additional sessions will be held June 27th and August 8th.  The class is taught by a registered nurse – and girls get a chance to ask questions of their own. Cost is $10.00 per family. Pre-registration is required by calling (318) 769-3512, or online at