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How to talk to kids about the world's normalcy

by Jeremy Hooper

Someone very close to my life once told me that she had no problem with my sexual orientation, but that she just can't tell her kids -- a don't ask don't tell policy that's kept both her and the progeny out of my and my husband's life in the many years since. On the flip side: I have scores of straight couples in my life whose children have known Andrew and me as nothing other than on par with every other enjoined duo they meet. I can tell ya: The latter's much better.

So I read this CNN report with great interest:

Screen Shot 2011-08-23 At 4.43.48 PmRebecca, from Los Angeles, said: "We have two young children (ages 3½ and 20 months.) And we also have some same-sex couple friends. We have never directly addressed the question, although we surely would if the kids asked. My view is that we do not directly address male-female couples so why treat same-sex couples any differently? We treat our same-sex couple friends and refer to them the same way we do for any other couple. For instance, Dan and Mark are usually discussed as a single unit, just like Jane and Jack."
FULL: When kids bring up same-sex marriage [CNN]

Look, we live in a world where a stork, bearded gift-giver, and Cadbury-delivering bunny are still taught to children as real world actualities. I'm thinking that if an actual reality like LGBT people comes across as an off-limits conversation, the reluctant parent might want to do a priority check.

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