New ‘Girlology’ program tackles adolescence

Dr. Lea Mahoney brought Girlology to the Richmond area.

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Puberty can be as tough on parents as it is for the tweens and teens going through it, but there is a program new to Richmond trying to help.

Twelve-year-old Olivia Mazzucco knows she will have a lot on her plate when she begins sixth grade in September.

“Reading, doing school work,” she starts listing all she will have going on soon. Add to that the tween years, which can often be awkward for adolescents going through so many changes.

Olivia’s mom Debbie Betts is glad both of them can look to Girlology for answers. “As a young girl, you are unsure of things and things are changing.”

Dr. Lea Mahoney of West End Ob/Gyn brought Girlology’s There’s Something New About You program to Richmond. It breaks down the physical, mental and emotional changes happening and uses education to build confidence.

Betts says it has been a great help for her and her daughter. “She’s asking questions now, and they gave out a great book in the program and she has read the book and it was a good learning tool.”

“I can learn more about my body and how it changed” Mazzucco chimes in.

A South Carolina Pediatrician and Obstetrician/Gynecologist developed Girlology in 2003 to get the right information across in a fun, comfortable way. It also dispels myths girls may have heard.

“They talk about changes and they hear things on the school bus and in all sorts of places and it’s not always accurate,” says Dr. Mahoney.

In one-on-one sessions, group talks and larger workshops, Dr. Mahoney hopes Girlology takes the edge off “the talk.”

Betts says it did

“It took a lot of pressure off of being a mom. It made it easy for me and easy for her,” she said.

The next Girlology program is set for September 20 at 1 p.m. at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. It is suitable for fourth and fifth grade girls. Follow this link for more registration information.

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