Updated: Jun 29
When your child comes out as gay, it can be a difficult and emotional time for both of you. It's important to remember that your child has likely spent a lot of time thinking about this decision and has come to you for support. Here are a few tips to help you be the best parent you can be during this time.
Listen actively and non-judgmentally. Your child needs to know that they can talk to you and that you will listen to them without judging or dismissing their feelings. Let them know that you love them no matter what and that you support them.
Be open-minded and educate yourself. Your child's sexual orientation may be new to you, and you may have questions or concerns. It's important to educate yourself about the LGBTQ+ community and to be open-minded about your child's identity.
Show your support. Attend LGBTQ+ events and rallies with your child and be proud of them for being who they are. Showing your support in this way will help your child feel more accepted and loved.
Seek out resources and support. There are many organizations and support groups available for parents of LGBTQ+ children. Joining one of these groups can provide you with the support and information you need to navigate this new journey with your child.
Be a positive role model for acceptance and love. Show your child, and those around you, that love knows no boundaries. Speak out against hate and discrimination and stand up for the rights of LGBTQ+ people.
Remember, your child has trusted you with this information and has come to you for support. Be there for them and show them that you love and accept them for who they are. Your love and support can make all the difference in the world. If you would like more guidance for either you or your child. Please reach out for support. EMDR Therapy is an excellent modality that can help with all sorts of presenting issues, including the anxiety and depression that result from identity issues, feelings of isolation, and not belonging. We at Infinite Healing and Wellness, a Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy, can help in both Phoenix and Gilbert.
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