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Ridgewood Health Series Focuses On 'Puberty For Petrified Parents'

Ridgewood parents are invited to the second workshop in the well-being series.
Ridgewood parents are invited to the second workshop in the well-being series. Photo Credit: Planned Parenthood

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The district’s well-being series continues on Wednesday, Dec. 2 with “Puberty for Petrified Parents,” a program by Ridgewood Public Schools nurse and health educator.

The program is free and open to the adult public. Karen Coates, RN, will offer information to help parents navigate their children’s entrance into puberty in ways that support their mental and physical development. She will provide information, guidance and encouragement to parents and guardians as they navigate the path of puberty education with their children.

Coates has been a school nurse and health teacher for Bergen County Special Services, Ridgewood High School and Hawes Elementary School. She currently teaches at Ridgewood’s George Washington Middle School. This program is the third of the well-being series, presentations for adults that are focused on ways to help create balance in children’s lives and support their emotional well-being.

Developed by the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, the series is part of the district’s Community Outreach Program. It consists of several stand-alone evening presentations that will be offered throughout the 2015-16 school year.

The series is cosponsored by The Valley Hospital, with support from The Ridgewood Education Foundation and the Home and School Associations. The second half of the school year will start off with programs on issues particular to girls and boys.

The program takes place at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Pl., from 7 to 9 p.m. 

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