Talk To Your Teens About Sexual Orientation

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With the Supreme Court taking on the issue of Gay Marriage, it is once again front page news. This is the perfect time to discuss the topic of sexual orientation with your teens.

There are two reasons it is very important for you to show your teens your acceptance of all lifestyles. One is personal – It is so important to let them know that the most important thing for you is their happiness. If they are worried that you will reject them, or even just be disappointed, they may hide their true selves from you and what kind of relationship will you have?

The other reason it is so important to show tolerance, acceptance and hopefully even fight for gay rights and gay marriage is that kids often emulate what they learn at home. Prejudices aren’t born, they are learned. Please make it clear that we are all people and we all deserve to be treated equally, whether we are men or women, white or black, straight or gay, etc.

If you have a religious argument against other sexual orientations than your own, I really don’t understand it. If you believe in God, and you believe that God created all people, then God created people of all sexual orientations.

Having a talk with your teens about sexual orientation isn’t a one time thing. It would be wonderful if the state of mind around all homes, especially homes with kids growing up, were free of all prejudices.

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  1. I agree that you need to talk to your teens about sexual orientations. Each person has their opinion on this, and each child will form their own opinion if they live in an environment that tolerates different opinions. My kids know this. I have my thoughts on sexual orientation. They have theirs and that’s okay with me.

  2. We have always been very open about sexuality with my kids. When they kids were little they knew many same sex couples, raising kids, being happy, just being… I have talked with my kids explaining to them that people love and are attracted to who they are attracted to. And they know as they grow up, and figure out who they are, and who they will someday love, that love is love, and we love them.

  3. Rebecca Green Gasper :

    Great post. I tweeted it.

    I agree with you. So important to not judge others, regardless of how one feels, and teach kids the same.

  4. My children aren’t old enough yet for us to have this conversation but we live in a town where it will need to be had once they are old enough to understand.

  5. Great post! My son is only 1, but once he is older, we’ll talk about this.

  6. Such a great post! I definitely think this is something parents need to talk to children about, but also show them in everyday life.

    I’ve added this page to my StumbleUpon. 🙂

  7. Love this, Jennifer. If all parents taught their children tolerance, respect and compassion from day one, the world would be a way better place. The fact that anyone cares who marries who is still shocking to me.

  8. The Mid Life Guru :

    Respect, tolerance, and compassion goes both ways. We taught our children to be respectful of others’ views and to request that same respect when they stood up for their beliefs.

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