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Helping Parents Have THE Talk!

Want guidance talking to your kids about S-E-X? We can help.  Click below for access to our FREE parenting course for 30 days! 

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The Talk Institute

The Talk Institute was founded by Jen Elledge (Barber) in 2007. It is our mission to build and support open communication between parents and their children, create bonds so that children see their parents as approachable, and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to grow up to be sexually healthy adolescents and adults. 

"Before doing these classes, I felt like I could talk to my mom about some stuff, but I didn't really want to, but now I WILL go to my mom about all of this stuff!"

Age 11

"We had a class in the 5th grade, after we had The Talk classes and it was just an older movie with songs. It was not real informing and left you completely clueless."

11 year old

"It's less embarrassing than just listening to your parents by yourself because you have a group of friends there."

12 year old

LIVE Courses

The Talk Institute is located in the Palm Springs, California area and services Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, and San Bernardino Counties in Southern California. A weekend option may be available in other areas. Please inquire about details and fees.

Sex Education Series

Talking THE Talk is a comprehensive sexuality series where both parents and children attend TOGETHER! We offer 3 different Talk series based on your child's age and development. Available for late elementary, middle, and high school aged children. 

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Abbreviated Puberty Program

Let's Chat is our abbreviated 2 1/2 hour class offering. Boys & girls are taught separately about their own hygiene, reproductive anatomy, and changes during puberty. We leave the 'What is Sex' talk to you.

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I'm Internet & Social Media Savvy

Kids are all over the Internet these day, and parents often feel left behind. We emphasize the importance of being safe, including what information should be kept OFF the Internet to protect against predators and maintain a good digital footprint.

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Under Pressure

Kids learn tips and techniques to take the pressure off of being pressured. 

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BFF's & Frenemies

Preteen and teen social life can be a minefield of drama, secrets, cliques, bullies, jealousy, and gossip. This popular course unveils it all!  

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Beauty Inside & Out

Explore what builds and tears down self-esteem and confidence. 

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"I'm a parent & I learned A LOT! Wish there was a program like this when I was a kid. I've already recommended it to several other dads!"

Chris W.

"The classes really opened the door of communication. My daughter talks to me now more than ever."

Mickie K.

"This class was INVALUABLE!! I can't tell you how glad I am that I took this class with my daughter. AWESOME!"

Kristi C.

"My wife signed us up & I'm glad she did. It will be so much easier to have tough conversations with my kids. I couldn't imagine discussing what we did alone. "

Mike B.

Assemblies & Parent Talks

Looking for an assembly idea for your school or parent group? We've got your back! 

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Online Courses

Want to learn how to talk THE Talk together in the privacy of your own home, at your own pace? Our online courses make it possible.

Talking THE Talk Elementary

Parents, is it time for "THE Talk"? You know the one about puberty and sex.  We've got your back!

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I'm Internet & Social Media Savvy

Is your child ready to handle being on social media in today's day and age? Don't guess. Be sure!

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Talking THE Talk Middle & High School

Coming soon!!

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About Jen 

A popular in-demand speaker, Jennifer has taught thousands of parents and young people for over 15 years the importance of being sexually healthy. Through light humor, engaging activities, and story, she creates an open and honest conversation about one of the toughest subjects parents must broach.  Learn more...


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