As gay parents, we educate our straight neighbors on a daily basis. Our kids need to be teachers too – and this is considered a good thing by some or a bad thing by others.
Carrie Smith alerts us to the inevitable moment, “when you least expect it, a stranger will pat your child’s head and say, ‘Your mom and dad must be so proud of you!’. Carrie warns that – unless you’ve prepared your child – she won’t know what to say.
This seasoned mom offers gay parent/child coaching tips for encounters like this, including:
- Review the many types of family structures found around the world and the many avenues to parenthood
- Model for your child how to respectfully correct a less-evolved adult: “Actually, I don’t have a mom and dad, Mrs. Smith. I have two dads—Daddy Ed and Daddy Gordon. Would you like me to introduce you to them?”
Along with the hilarious:
- …be prepared for him or her to enlighten every less-evolved adult they encounter at the top of their lungs: “I have a donor – not a dad. And he got 1584 on his SATs! What did you get on your SATs?”
Read all of Carrie’s blog, and become more evolved.