If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I’ve been introducing my A.C.C.E.P.T.™ program. This week I’m going to talk about how patience can help reunite a family when parents are struggling to accept their LGBT child.
For an LGBT youth, the first reaction to a parent who may not accept them when they come out can be one of hurt, anger and even questioning their own worth. When they know their parents love them, the LGBT youth can stand back and look at it from a different perspective and a little patience can go a long way. Parents naturally have expectations about who and what their child will grow up to be. When a child comes out, the parent needs some time to adjust to new expectations and embrace their child for who they are, who they were born to be.
Coming out is a process for the LGBT youth. Parents can practice patience as their child goes through that process and continue to show them the love they still feel, in spite of their confusion in the moment.
Patience on both sides will allow the family to return to love, understanding and acceptance.
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