Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a featured on TLCs new series, Big Medicine. She is also a contributing expert for Seventeen magazine (referenced twice in their 9/08 issue). She was quoted in an article about body image in First magazine (7/21/08) and is a frequent expert for relationship articles in the Houston Chronicle. She is an intimacy and sex counselor, and a certified anger management therapist. A mom with two daughters, her passion is helping all girls become strong women.
She is a popular speaker across the nation, with multiple repeat requests to serve as key-note speaker for national conferences. Her dynamic style is particularly engaging for those dealing with intimacy issues and relationship challenges, or those simply hanging on to unasked questions about sex in relationships. She was recently a major participant in a symposium for young girls dealing with body image and helping girls become strong women.
As host of The Mary Jo Show on a local cable access channel, Rapini interviewed adolescents and works to empower them to live life to the fullest. She has appeared on many television programs including Montel, Fox Morning News and various Houston area shows to discuss topics such as holiday stress, prayer and healing, divorce and kids, children and traumatic experiences, and children and cancer.
Rapini is the author of Is God Pink? Dying to Heal and co-author of Start Talking: A Girls Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever.
Janine Sherman, MSN WHNP-BC is an OB/GYN nurse practitioner. Both her patients and her two daughters come to her for answers to their biggest questions about health and sexuality. She is a popular presenter on mother-daughter issues. Sherman is quoted in Girls Life magazine, August/Sept 2008 issue, in “Taking Chances,” a GL Special Report.
Start Talking: A Girls Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever is her first book.
Questions Mary Jo Rapini and Janine Sherman, authors of Start Talking: A Girls Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever, are frequently asked
1. With TV, movies and the Internet, don't you think girls are better informed than ever about health and sex issues?
2. Why do think girls have a hard time asking their moms about personal issues? And why do moms have a hard time having these serious conversations with their daughters?
3. What are you always surprised to learn most girls don't know about their bodies, even if they THINK they know?
4. What can girls do to help build a good self body image? How can moms help?
5. Why do you include a girls likes and passions in a book about her body?
6. Are sexually transmitted diseases on the rise or decline among girls under 18?
7. What is the best way to initiate a conversation with your daughter? your mom?
8. How much do I tell my daughter about my own sexual life? What do I do if she seems disinterested?
9. It says Start Talking is part of the Talk at the Table Series? What is that about?
10. What is the most important thing you can tell girls and their moms?