When her 10-year-old daughter started asking questions about the birds and the bees, Rebecca Fehlig wasn't exactly prepared.
"I found I kept avoiding them or talking about flowers. I was not giving direct answers," said the St. Louis city mom.
Through an online parent forum, she caught wind of Girls in the Know, a local education series that addresses her daughter's grown-up questions. GITK is a four-week speakers series that brings in female professionals to talk to middle-school-age girls about the changes that come with puberty, as well as topics like healthy body image, Internet and telephone safety and self-esteem.
"It's all about opening the door to important conversations between a mother and daughter that will hopefully lead to healthy choices as a teenager," said Gina Marten, GITK executive director.