Gone are the days of the typical American household with a dad, a mom, and 2.5 kids. In this day and age, families are more diverse. For instance, kids with same sex parents are very common. My own boys have known quite a few friends with two moms or dads and it is really no big deal to them. Single parents are also very common, as are multi racial families. We are all different and that is awesome! Still, kids will have questions and it is best to answer them honestly and respectfully. As a parent, you will set the climate for your child's tolerance and acceptance of those who differ from him. It's a big responsibility. Here are some tips and ideas:
- Honesty is the best policy. All families look different and thats a fact. Gay or straight families. Single parent or multi generational families. We are all different. Answer questions with facts and respect.
- Wait until your child brings it up, otherwise you may make it into big deal, without meaning to.
- If you have controversial or strong opinions on different family situations, you need to think about how you want to convey them to your child in a way that models respect for others.
- Teach your child that discrimination and bullying is wrong, anytime, anywhere.
- Don't hide your child from friends who have different family situations. Accept that playdate and expose your child early to families who may not looks like yours.
You are raising a compassionate, caring adult. Make sure that he know early that we are all different and that's a great thing!
Let Them Fly!