What if a child’s parents are less affirming than I am, and the child comes to me with questions?

Information isn’t dangerous. Respond to children’s questions and provide factual, age-appropriate information. They’ll appreciate your openness and candor.

If the response calls for values, particularly values that may not be shared, let love and respect be your guides.

With older children, point out that some people see things differently, explain the various views, and encourage them to find out what their parents think.

Loving and supporting children for who they are helps them become happy, well-adjusted people.

Adapted from All God’s Children:Teaching Children about Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Contributed by Melany Burrill

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