BigTalks gives you the clarity, tools, and confidence to raise healthy, well-adjusted boys who are ready for whatever challenges adolescence throws their way.
What is the BigTalks Toolkit for Boys?
The BigTalks Toolkit for Boys is a Torah-based program designed to help parents speak to their sons about the challenges of adolescent development.
Designed in close consultation with Rabbonim and psychologists, the program combines a video presentation, discussion prompts, and individualized guidance for parents who are finding it difficult to talk about this topic with their son.
BigTalks for Boys guides you on how to have honest, open, and productive conversations with your child about his development in a comfortable and relaxed way—all in the privacy of your own home.
What are the goals of the program?
When young boys are educated about the natural changes they can expect as they enter adolescence, they are better prepared to:
Why make this toolkit available to the public?
Today, there is seemingly endless information freely available on the internet about adolescent development—much of it inconsistent with Torah values.
The program features a video presentation of Rabbi Tenenbaum teaching the information to ensure that the messages you convey to your child are clear and presented with the correct tone and sensitivities.
What will my son learn?
The Jewish concept of Kedusha, emphasizing personal growth and discipline
The positive opportunities to serve Hashem through withstanding “tests” throughout our lives
The changes and challenges an adolescent can expect to face as he experiences puberty
The need to maintain the privacy of our bodies and to protect ourselves from ill-intending individuals
What will I, as the parent, learn?
How to begin a comfortable dialogue with your child about sensitive topics related to puberty
Warning signs to look for in your son’s behavior to determine if professional intervention is necessary
How to clearly and accurately respond to your child’s questions about adolescence and puberty
Professional guidance, referrals, and information rooted in both Torah and mental health resources
My son is only in elementary school. Isn’t it too soon to speak to him about this topic?
Many parents avoid talking to their young sons about puberty, worrying that they might make their kids even more curious about it. But kids today are growing up faster, and many are showing interest in these topics as early as 9 or 10.
While it may feel awkward and uncomfortable, speaking to your son about his body now could be vitally important for his mental health as he grows—and prevent much frustration, confusion, and anxiety later. So, if your intuition tells you that it’s time to talk to your son about puberty, then this program is the perfect fit for you.