OWL: Mandatory Parent/Child orientation

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Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga Our Whole Lives OWL Sex Ed Program

OWL: Mandatory Parent/Child orientation

I am excited to welcome your children to Our Whole Lives programming this fall. Friends are invited!

A mandatory Parent/Child orientation will occur on September 16 at 11:45-2:15. Lunch will be provided.

Children will be welcomed upstairs in Founder’s Hall and Parents are invited to gather in the barn. The orientation is 2 1/2 hours with the last hour spent together. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact me so that we can set up a time to go over the material before the first session begins. Please purchase the book It’s Perfectly Normal by Robbie H Harris.

Parents and children will be participating in separate workshops.  The last 30 minutes will include both parents and children.  Please RSVP your intentions of your child’s participation. If you are not able to attend the orientation please contact me.

Your OWL facilitators will be Neal DenHollander, Michaela Smith-Loeters, John Rowell and me:)

Our Whole Lives Offers…

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives.

  • Accurate information presented in developmentally appropriate ways
  • Affective and emotional learning
  • Guiding values and principles
  • Activities that help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
  • A safe and supportive peer group
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • A social justice approach to inclusive sexuality education
  • Step-by-step instructions for program promotion, implementation, and facilitation
  • Parent orientation that affirms parents as their children’s primary sexuality educators

Our programming will be focusing on ages 10-12 exclusively

This ten-workshop curriculum is designed to help children ages nine through twelve to gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to understand and express their sexuality in holistic, life-enhancing ways.

Like the other, Our Whole Lives programs for different age groups, this comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program introduces key topics like values, body image, gender and sexual identity, peer pressure, and healthy relationships with sensitivity and inclusiveness, yet without specific religious doctrine or reference. The underlying values of the program reflect the justice-oriented traditions of Unitarian Universalists.

Participants will need a copy of It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris. https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/its-perfectly-normal-changing-bodies/9780763668723-item.html

As ever,


September 16, 2018


11:45 am - 2:15 pm


The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga
84 South Service Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5G 2R9 Canada




Pamela Smith-Loeters

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