Many (mostly) moms supported the idea of a Puberty Party and said they planned to host them for their children. Some said they had already had the idea to do a similar event.
Supporters agreed there was a need to equip girls with necessary information and that in some cases, parents and sex-ed classes in schools are not doing enough.
Some of the women said it would be a good idea to also include boys in the parties, or at the very least, have puberty parties for boys as well.
But some women opposed the idea for reasons ranging from embarrassment (of the girls attending) to the idea that it is a parent's responsibility alone (and not someone else's parent) to discuss sex and puberty with their children.
Moms tossed out other ideas as well, including forming book clubs around book that focus on puberty. At least one parent thought puberty parties should start around age 7 or 8.
On her personal website
, Sesay -- who also runs a non-profit foundation called Mama-Pikin to improve the health of women, children, and families in Sierra Leone and writes a children's book series -- offers materials to help moms get started with planning a puberty party.
The From Your Doctor to You Puberty Party Toolkit includes Power Point slides and a planning guide for $99. The materials are divided into ages 10 - 14 and ages 15 and older.