Parents play a vital role in their child’s coming out story, and their reaction to the news can make a world of difference. Whether they admit it or not, kids need their parents’ support and this is an opportunity for moms and dads to show their children that no matter what, they have their back.
Here are three meaningful ways for parents to support their kids when they choose to come out.
1. Offer Vocal Support for the LGBTQ Community
Whether wearing a Pride-themed shirt, providing positive feedback about a queer character on a popular show, or attending a local Pride march, demonstrating support to the LGBTQ community is perhaps the most effective way for parents to show their kids that they are accepted for who they are.
2. Be Patient And Show Love
Some parents notice the signs and understand that their child is different. However, they shouldn’t out their kids. Everyone operates at a different speed, meaning some boys and girls take longer to fully understand their sexuality. While waiting for them to come out, parents should listen to their children, participate and take an interest in the things they like, and last but not least, show unconditional love.
3. Set Aside Preconceived Wants and Desires
The moment a child is born, its parents instantly start envisioning a future for them. They discuss their potential hobbies, professions, partners, etc. When the time comes and everything is out in the open, fathers and mothers should have the ability, strength, and composure to understand and accept that their kids will take their own path and not the one that they have imagined for them.
The LGBTQ community still has a lot of challenges to overcome, which is why parents should do their best to not make the task even harder for their kids.