Supporting the Child You Don’t Understand

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Parents today find themselves in uncharted territory as their children share stories of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and dating choices that were either rare or unknown  when the parents navigated their own childhood and adolescence. As a mother seeks advice about her daughter’s dating, she encounters both support and challenge. “We’re living in a cultural moment in which kids like your daughter are suddenly free to think more openly about who they are and whom they might choose to love. That can be unsettling for those of us who grew up without those freedoms, and within systems of bigotry that assailed those freedoms as unnatural or sinful. But in the end, the heart desires what it desires. That’s the natural order of things.” Read how one mother seeks to encourage her daughter’s journey of self-discovery.

New York Times: Supporting the Child You Don’t Understand