When you make a mistake

When you make a mistake

What do you do when you make a mistake? Do you let it go or do you berate yourself, tell yourself how stupid it was? That was me for many years. Calling myself stupid was a regular thing. I still do that once in a while but not very often. My latest mistake – I left...

A phase or they’re just wanting to fit in

A phase or they’re just wanting to fit in

When a child first comes out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, parents often wonder if it’s a phase or they’re just wanting to fit in. I think parents wonder this because they just don’t want it to be true. I didn’t have those thoughts when my son came out but...

What to do if your child is the bully

What to do if your child is the bully

When my kids were young we didn’t use the term bully or talk about being bullied. We did talk about what happened in school and looking back, it was bullying. There was no support and we used the old adage, “Sticks and Stones will break my bones, but words will never...

What I learned from my mother

What I learned from my mother

My mother’s birthday was February 6th. She would have been 99 this year. She grew up in a different time than mine and certainly different than today. When I think about what I learned from my mother I could write a long list of “what not to do as a parent.” But...

Bullying

Bullying

Below is a post from April 30, 2014. I think it bears repeating. I’ve been thinking about bullying a lot lately. Is it true that more kids are bullied today than when I was a kid or is it just there is more news coverage? I don’t know. I know I was bullied...

10 Easy Steps

10 Easy Steps

I have two children, and three years ago my older child transitioned to be his true authentic self. A year later, my younger child transitioned to be her true authentic self. So, I was the mom to a daughter and son, and now I’m a mom to a son...

The journey

The journey

What is the journey like for a parent whose child comes out as LGBTQ? There is no one journey a parent takes. We all have our own journey. For me, the journey continues, even 30 years after my son came out. When he first told me he was gay, I said and did all the...

Parental Guilt – What’s the Point?

Parental Guilt – What’s the Point?

“Guilt is a useless feeling. It's never enough to make you change direction--only enough to make you useless.” - Daniel Nayeri, Another Faust What parent hasn’t made mistakes? None of us are perfect, that’s for sure. I don’t know about you, but when I had my children,...

Queer

Queer

I recently asked my Facebook community what queer meant to them. I was saddened by some of their answers. Some recounted the times it was used to taunt. Others talked about it’s older meaning of being odd and didn’t feel that was appropriate for someone who is gay. I...

Love always wins

Love always wins

“I’d rather have a live daughter than a dead son.” Those were the words of Jeanette Renee, mother of Jazz Jennings, on a recent interview. I’ve hear these words before from other parents of transgender kids when asked about learning to accept their son is their...

A checklist for parents of a LGBTQ teen

A checklist for parents of a LGBTQ teen

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