Health: Parenting and Pre-Teens

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Emily.

Cary, NC – If you’re like me, you may sometimes have trouble breaking through to your kids on matters of health and sexuality. Now, the Poe Center is bringing an innovative program to Cary just for parents of pre-teens.

Mom! (Eye Roll)

The cries of “Eww Gross!” or “Mom- I know all that stuff” can be daunting when trying to discuss matters that have serious implications for our children.

In partnership with the Town of Cary, the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education will host Parents Matter!, a five-week workshop designed for parents and guardians of preteens, at the Middle Creek Community Center.

About the Program

Parents Matter! is a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) evidence-based program that provides parents and guardians with the communication tools and information necessary to initiate important discussions related to sexual health, family values and personal responsibility with their child.

This community-level family prevention program is designed to enhance protective parenting practices and promote parent-child discussions about sexuality and sexual risk reduction.

Free Program

This free program requires advance registration.

Here’s a nice sidelight: dinner and childcare are provided!

Only 12 Spots

If you would like additional information on Parents Matter! or would like to participate in this series at Middle Creek Community Center, please contact the Poe Center’s Scheduling Coordinator, Kate Mascho at: (919) 455-1616 or

Possible Future Programming

Ashley Roberts says that the Poe Center folks recently met with Tony Clark and Maria Di Benedetto of Middle Creek Community Center and are hoping to offer additional programs.

They hope to offer the Drugs Uncovered: What Parents/Adults Need to Know! program and possibly one their anti-bullying programs including Don’t Stand By – Be a H.E.R.O.