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Right in the Middle: An Event for Girls and Their Moms

Written on June 10th, 2012
by Michelle in a girl's life, communication, education, friendship issues

Here to register for the morning session? Click here.

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Here for more information? Read on…

What is Right in the Middle?

Right in the Middle is a fun, 3-hour workshop for girls in rising 6th and 7th grades, and their moms.  Join us for tips, insights, and solutions to managing the middle school social scene.  What’s important about the middle school social scene?  Think changing friendships, boys, gossip, parties, bullies, body image, and being true to yourself.  Without an understanding of how to manage this new social landscape, girls can easily become overwhelmed or distracted, and success in school, not to mention self-esteem, suffers.

This event is led by middle school expert Michelle Icard, creator of Athena’s Path & MichelleintheMiddle.com, with special presentations by Rosie Molinary, author of Beautiful You, and Melisa Holmes, co-founder of Girlology.

Why should I go?

The greatest tool in any transition is having the language to know how to communicate through it and the familiarity to do so.  If we aren’t careful as parents, we can begin to feel foreign to our kids in their middle school years.  The gift of Right in the Middle is that mothers and daughters will be given a passport for the journey.  They’ll learn what to expect, be given a common language, and become sensitive to what the other is thinking and why.
Girls will:
Learn healthy tips for taking care of their changing body
Recognize how their emotions are changing and why they may be so strong
Form a plan for healthy “romantic” relationships
Learn how to lean on their moms for problem solving support
Make a personal response plan for handling someone’s negativity
Celebrate what makes them so uniquely special
Moms will:
Comprehend what role their body image plays in their daughters’ body image and self-esteem
Discover the extent of photoshopping and manipulation in our media and create a personal strategy for bringing media literacy into their homes
Be introduced to ten vibrant strategies to use at home to boost self-esteem and confidence while solidifying family cohesion
Learn a process for helping their daughters solve any social problem with confidence
Get a clearer picture of what’s happening in middle school
Build a platform with their daughters for navigating the tricky middle school social scene

What is the programming?

Girlology: Bodies, Brains, & Boys!  

Presented by Dr. Melisa Holmes

What is it that makes your body suddenly morph, your emotions go into overdrive, and boys start to look a lot cuter? Yep, it’s puberty: that notoriously awkward phase that dominates the hallways of most middle schools. The good news is that it’s not all totally weird. Really. A lot of what’s going on is actually pretty amazing and even exciting.

This Girlology mini-session will load you up with knowledge and tips for handling the late happenings of puberty, and help you see the blueprint for all the construction going on in your brain.  Then, we have to talk about boys, right? So, we’ll finish up comparing notes between girls and their moms about the middle school romance scene. In girlology, our goal is to start conversations that matter. We bet you’ll have plenty to talk about!

Beautiful You(th)

Presented by Rosie Molinary

No one likes me. I have nothing to offer. Do you think I am pretty? Middle school can bring a tidal wave of self-esteem and body image issues for any child, and girls are particularly sensitive. It is easy for a parent to feel helpless, but studies have found that mothers are the most important body image influencers in their daughters’ lives, and they can have a profoundly positive effect. In Beautiful You(th), moms will be introduced to creative and thoughtful strategies for empowering their daughters while receiving support for individual concerns.

Friends and Frenemies

Presented by Michelle Icard

Are we friends, frenemies, or somewhere in between?  Middle school friendships can be fun, outrageous, complicated, and messy.  As a mom, it can be tricky for you to know when to “step in” and when to “step out” of your daughter’s friendship drama.  Michelle offers tips for moms and daughters on how to navigate this new landscape together.  The girls will also join Michelle for a special “girls only” breakout where they will devise a personal plan for responding to criticism from friends and frenemies both.

When and where do we show up?

August 15th, 2012

9:00a – 12:00p, Cedarwood Country Club, 4100 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC


6:00p – 9:00p, Myers Park Country Club, 2415 Roswell Avenue, Charlotte, NC

How do I make sure I don’t miss out?

To register for the morning session, click here.

The cost of the morning session is $150.00 for a mother-daughter pair. If you would like to bring more than one daughter, please email us directly to register.  A light breakfast will be served immediately at 9 a.m.

To register for the evening session, click here.

The cost of the evening session is $170.00 for a mother-daughter pair.  Please email us directly to register more than one girl in your party.  A box dinner will be served.

Other answers to your important questions…

Can I bring an 8th grader?

This conference is geared toward younger girls and their issues, but your 8th grade daughter is welcome if you think this is something she would benefit from.

What is the refund policy?

You may receive a full refund prior to June 15th.  After that date, no refunds will be issued.

Is there a possibility of this being offered on another date?

We would just love it if enough people were interested to form another session on a different day.  If this date definitely will not work for you and you are interested in being put on a wait list for a possible alternate date, please email Quinn.

What should we wear?

Morning Session at Cedarwood: The club is “country club casual” which means no denim and no short shorts.

Evening Session at Myers Park: The club has a “no demin” and “no shorts” policy.

If we haven’t answered your questions, please email us.

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