Classes by Grade Level

Schedule and Registration

Class Description

Preparing for how bodies can change during puberty while learning about thoughts and feelings.

Before Body Basics introduces girls to how their bodies may be changing as they prepare to go through puberty. With the range of thoughts and feelings that evolve with puberty this class also helps girls learn how to differentiate between the two and how they can affect how girls see and treat their bodies. Girls will acknowledge their places of support and guidance in preparation for puberty, building confidence and trust.

Topics Discussed Include

  • What is puberty? What is adolescence?
  • Feeling normal as bodies change
  • Differences between thoughts and feelings
  • Body changes-what to expect
  • Respecting all body types

Activities Include

  • Creating group agreements
  • Positive adolescence brainstorm
  • Time Together at home: Conversations and activities connecting mother and daughter, supporting a positive foundation for her journey through puberty.

Virtual Class

  • Class Size: 6-8 girls
  • Session Structure: 5 classes, 1 1/4 hours each, twice a week 
  • Includes: 1.5 hour virtual parent education meeting
  • Cost: $250

Note: Mother attends first virtual class with daughter.

Body Basics Schedule
[GIRLS] Fall 2021 Body Basics 5th Grade: Session #1
November 29, 2021 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Class Description

Creating positive impressions of changing bodies.

Body Basics provides the information and support girls need to understand the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty. In a fun, supportive, and open environment, girls connect with each other while sharing their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This type of honest sharing normalizes puberty so girls know that they are not alone.

Topics Discussed Include

  • Changes in body shape and size (weight/height/breast development)
  • Boys in puberty
  • Hormones and brain changes
  • Ovulation and menstruation

Activities Include

  • Learning about the reproductive system
  • Familiarization with menstrual products – meeting Patty Pad and Tammy Tampon
  • Time Together at home: Mothers and daughters talk about the changes associated with puberty using a series of questions and conversation prompts.

Virtual Class

  • Class Size: 8-10 girls
  • Session Structure: 6 classes, 1½ hours each, once or twice/week on rotating days
  • Includes: 1.5 hour virtual parent education Meeting
  • Cost: $275
Body Care Basics Schedule
Class Description


Cultivating body awareness and confidence through healthy care and positive attitudes.

Body Care Basics brings awareness to the importance and value of healthy physical body care and how self-esteem affects how girls feel about their bodies. Girls examine the ways media and society present messages that can challenge their body confidence and learn skills and techniques to boost and protect their own body confidence and self-image.

Topics Discussed Include

  • Basic body care
  • Body confidence smashers and builders
  • What about makeup?
  • Self-esteem boosters

Activities Include

  • The Self-Esteem Stairway
  • Body Confidence Meter
  • Creating Body Intentions
  • The Great and Hard Things About Being a 6th Grade Girl
  • Time Together at home: Mothers and daughters discuss and share body topics such as makeup and body care routines.

Virtual Class

  • Class Size: 10-12 girls
  • Session Structure: 6 classes, 1½ hours each, once or twice/week on rotating days
  • Includes: 1.5 hour virtual parent education Meeting
  • Cost: $275
Beyond Body Care Basics Schedule
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Class Description

Connecting the power of thoughts and feelings to body attitudes and behaviors through awareness and positive action from within.

Beyond Body Care Basics explores the direct connection between thoughts and feelings affecting body attitudes and behaviors. Girls will learn to examine the powerful influences of their outer and inner worlds and how they affect self-esteem and they way they treat their bodies. Rather than just accept internal and external body projections girls will learn how to evaluate thoughts and feelings presented to them and how to “shop” for the healthiest balance without compromise.

Topics Discussed Include 

  • Self-esteem check-in
  • Life topics: school, family, friends and self
  • Standing up to yourself
  • Don’t believe everything you think


Activities Include

  • Shopping your thoughts
  • Looking in the mirror with care
  • Thoughts and Feelings Maps
  • The great and hard things about being a 7th grader
  • Stand up, show up: What changes do you want for the world?

Virtual Class

  • Class size: 10-12 girls
  • Session Structure: 6 classes, 1½ hours each once or twice/week on rotating days
  • Includes: 1.5 hour virtual parent education meeting
  • Cost: $275
Beyond Body Basics Schedule
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Class Description

Establishing healthy perspectives around sex and sexuality through awareness and knowledge.

Beyond Body Basics provides students with accurate and empowering information about sex and sexuality so that they can make healthy and safe choices as sexual beings. These classes provide students with a safe and comfortable place to talk openly and ask questions about gender and sexuality while learning about sexual health, birth control, and how to establish personal boundaries around intimacy.

Topics Discussed Include

  • Gender identity and sexual orientation, sexual intercourse
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Protection and birth control
  • Relationships and love
  • Social pressures around sexual activity

Activities Include

  • Gender role mapping
  • Communicating Consent
  • Contraceptive Tool Box
  • Anonymous questions box

Virtual Class

  • Class Size: 10-12 girls
  • Session Structure: 6 classes, 1½ hours each on rotating days
  • Includes: 1.5 hour virtual parent education meeting
  • Cost: $275

Retreats, Events, and Workshops

Current Retreat Schedule & Registration

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A Day Just For You! - 4th Grade Girls & Mamas

Come spend a day with other mothers and daughters away from all that life asks of you. Retreat into each other for a day full of fun, crafts and sweet moments that will highlight how precious your mother-daughter relationship truly is. Join us for a day of delights!

Location: Buckhorn Springs Resort, Ashland, Oregon
Retreat Length: One full day, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Dates: A Saturday in April, TBA
Cost: $150 per mother-daughter pair

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Connecting with Your Daughter - 5th Grade Girls & Mamas


Embracing and celebrating the mother-daughter relationship. (Girls approx. ages 10-12)

Three precious days to share, create, reflect, and connect with other women and their daughters in a beautiful and historic setting. Mothers and daughters enjoy the simple pleasure of each other’s company through art projects, sweet little rituals, yoga, and time in nature.

Body Basics Mother Daughter Retreat from Karen O’Dougherty on Vimeo.

Location: Buckhorn Springs Resort, Ashland, Oregon
Retreat Length: 3 days
Retreat Includes: Includes two night’s lodging and all meals, all materials, and supplies

Month: July 
Cost: $890 per mother and daughter pair

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Parent Education & Coaching

1:1 Coaching Details

Karen is available to meet with individual parents as a coach in support of the evolving youth and parent relationship. Through conversation, there may be an opportunity to improve communication, adjust expectations or approach challenging parenting situations differently as parents consider the parent/child connection with new possibilities and guidance. Offering a parental perspective outside of a counseling or therapeutic environment is often just the boost or motivation parents need to affect change in day-to-day patterns of relating with their children. As the parent of three adolescents, Karen can offer experience and compassion around parenting challenges for families seeking reflection and understanding.

Payment arrangements will be discussed prior to scheduling. For more information about coaching with Karen send an email to:

Parent Village Details

Parent Villages are parent education evenings offered through schools on topics relevant to families with pre-teens as they prepare for parenting during adolescence.

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Parent Villages are part presentation, part group discussion, offering parents the opportunity to be exposed to new parenting concepts as well as participate in guided discussions with other parents beyond their typical social groups. Parent Villages invite parents to open up to new perspectives, values and ideas. Hearing the challenges and experiences of other parents creates a sense of compassion and community around parenting pre-teens and teens.

Parent Villages are:

  • Open to both public and private schools as parent education evenings
  • Designed for parents with children in grades 6-8, though grade 5 parents are invited if they would like to attend
  • 1.5 to 2 hours in length depending on the size of the village

Payment arrangements will be discussed prior to scheduling. To schedule a Parent Village please email:

Parent Evening Details
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Parent evenings are similar to Parent Villages, but with a smaller groups of parents from across a community, not from just one school. These evenings are opportunities for parents to gather around issues and topics that are relevant in supporting and guiding the youth in their lives as they develop from childhood through adolescence. These evenings provide parents with information to increase their knowledge and confidence around this essential and important time in a youth’s life.

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General Information:

Parent evenings:

  • Happen virtually on Zoom  Meetings
  • Designed for parents with children in grades 5-8 with evenings for parents of 5th & 6th graders and evenings for parents of 7th & 8th graders
  • 1 to 1.5 hours in length depending on the size of the group
  • Are open to parents in other communities and states as well

Popular Parent Education topics:

Your Family’s Tech Values

Parenting a pre-teen would be challenging enough without the world of technology and unfettered access to information parents now have to navigate with their children. All generations of parents are tasked with parenting around issues they didn’t experience as children, but the task of setting and holding tech boundaries in the context of ever changing and intimately entwined technological devices is uniquely urgent. Whether they are in the home or not, these devices and their temptations are in children’s lives and call for parents both individually and as a community to create and maintain cyber values and boundaries.

Our youth’s emotional, social, physical and developmental health is being challenged as a result of overuse of technology. In the U.S., children ages 8-12 are spending an average of 6 hours a day on screens both at school and in the home. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents of 5-18 year olds place consistent limits on time spent using any media. Currently they are recommending 1-2 hours per day.

This Parent Village and Parent Evening focuses on providing context of the youth’s experience of technology while offering actionable suggestions, offering parents actionable suggestions and tools necessary to build a family tech plan for now or for the future. Topics in this village include:

  • Current research on pre-teen and parent phone use
  • Identifying personal and family tech values
  • Family conversation prompts: Tech Talks
  • Book and resource recommendations

Parent Circle – Sample Discussion Prompts:

  • “What technology do you have in your home and what boundaries do you hold around it?”
  • “How does your use of technology align (or not align) with your tech values? What might your child say about your tech use?”
Life Conversations at Home: Ongoing Check-Ins with Your Youth

“How are things going?” is a typical question parents ask in hopes of initiating a conversation with pre-teens and teens. Conversations can quickly freeze with the typical “fine” or “good” response. Though it may appear that youth don’t want to talk to parents, the opposite is true. Of teens interviewed between the ages of 13-20, 80% said it was difficult to talk to their parents about important issues in their lives. Why is this?

It is common to hear youth state that they just want their parents to listen to them when they bring up an issue or problem, but parents are quick to jump on the “fix it” wagon with advice and action items. Parents tend to label their children as not wanting to talk to them and may even reactively stop checking in with them.

This Parent Village and Parent Evening focuses on what is and isn’t working when parents check in with youths and offers suggestions for opening communication between them. Topics in this village include:

  • Staying curious vs pushing for information
  • Acknowledging and handling emotional hooks
  • Fostering conversation awareness and management
  • Avoiding loading up chats with topics
  • Chat openers and closers

Parent Circle – Sample Discussion Prompts:

  • “What is working and what isn’t working in conversations with your child?”
  • “What did conversations with your parents look like? How are you (or aren’t you) bringing those experiences to conversations with your kids?”
Holding Healthy Boundaries: Preparing for Adolescence
Can you please add some restrictions to my life?” said no child ever. But that is exactly what they want. In interviews, teens stated that even though they don’t/didn’t like boundaries they repeatedly said that boundaries provided them with a sense of comfort, security and relief.

Setting boundaries based on parents’ value system is in the job description of “parent” and is essential to the healthy development of youth. It’s important to practice managing boundary testing now when they are children rather than waiting to set and manage limits when they are teens.

This Parent Village and Parent Evening focuses on the importance and value of creating and holding healthy boundaries for pre-teens. Topics in this village include:

  • Purposeful boundary placement
  • The importance of boundary-push back by children
  • Boundary adjustments: developmentally and for each child
  • Boundaries crossed and consequences

Parent Circle – Sample Discussion Prompts:
“What boundaries do you hold with your child?” and “What boundaries does your child challenge the most and how do you hold strong?”
What boundaries do remember having as a child around this age and how are you parenting in relation to them?”


We are always adding new topics and areas of engagement. Some topics are more appropriate for specific settings, so we encourage those who are interested to reach out and discuss current options and offerings.

Some additional areas we cover include:

  • Dad’s and Developing Daughters
  • Parenting: What We Manage & What We Allow
  • Keeping Parents as The Compass Point
  • The Social, Emotional, and Physical Changes of Adolescence

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