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Blessed with two girls, I wondered how I would handle three menstrual cycles each month. I grimaced at the thought of 'attitudes' and mood swings, plus the amount of sanitary pads to purchase each month. Those thoughts became a reality when my children began the journey from girlhood to womanhood. I realized that how I supported them through this phase would determine how they understood their bodies. I wanted them to feel proud and worthy of celebrating, not ashamed and disgusted. All girls should learn to celebrate themselves, especially during big changes such as the menarche. 

My goal is to share what I have learned to help you celebrate your daughter’s ‘Becoming’.  Since beginning the YouNiquely You Seminars in 2011, it has been my pleasure to see the frowns on the faces of the tweens turn into smiles as they learned about their bodies. The safe environment and the fun we have learning cannot be found in a book. I encourage you to contact me about sponsoring a YouNiquely You Program or registering a tween for the next seminar.

DeAndré Marshall, Program Director

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