#14 The Talk

SLC 14 The Talk WP

It’s seems that having ‘the sex talk’ with our young tweens is getting more complicated with every generation. For Catholic parents, the presence of cultural forces that contradict our values can feel overwhelming. Join Francine as she explores the topic with puberty education expert Karen Doyle.


Karen Doyle is the co-founder of Choicez Media with her husband Jonathan – a leading provider of values and faith-based puberty, sex and relationship education seminars and resources. Among them is the puberty education resource: Things are Changing – used by hundreds global every year and for which she hosts online parent-student events.

Karen is a professionally trained Catholic coach, entrepreneur, business woman, speaker and author. She is the founder of The Genius Project- an initiative for Catholic women designed to support and resource them toward growth and includes a podcast and masterclass. She is the founder of Sisterhood, Australia’s National Catholic Women’s Movement which hosts an annual Conference attended by hundreds of women. The author of a number of books and online courses, Karen is a sought-after speaker on topics relating to the feminine genius, discovering your gifts and mission, relationship education and faith formation.

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The Take Home

Reframing ‘the Talk’

Stop thinking about puberty education as a single event – i.e., it’s not ‘THE Talk’, it’s a life-long formation in values. Look for teachable moments and other opportunities from the earliest years to affirm the developing femininity or masculinity of your child. Create a culture in the home that welcomes discussion so that your child will come to your with his/her questions rather than seeking answers in all the wrong places.


Bless you!

  • Francine: Fr Dolindo Ruotolo The Surrender Novena:O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times)
  • Karen: Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight.
    In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

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