LGBTQ Parenting: What You Need to Know
Being a parent is already tough at times, but for LGBTQ parents, there are unique challenges. For one thing, there are many people who believe that there is something wrong with a same-sex couple or someone who identifies themselves on the LGBTQ spectrum raising children. This adds extra stress to your already busy schedule of shuffling kids from different activities and making certain they aren’t putting foreign inedible objects in their mouths.
Acknowledge Your Family is a Bit Different
The love and support you provide for your child is no different from a traditional family’s, but your child will notice at some point they may be a little different from their peers. At an appropriate time, perhaps when your child asks why other kids have a mom and dad, explain to your child all families are different and that’s perfectly okay.
Be Willing to Listen to Your Child About Their Feelings
As an extension to the former point, your child may feel alienated because they’re different. Allow them to vent and be receptive to their concerns. This applies to all parents, but LGBTQ parents may need to set aside space specifically for unique frustrations and understand it’s not a personal attack on you or your partner. Children from same-sex families tend to grow up and realize that they had a childhood as typical as a child from a heterosexual family.