Parenting Tips: When Your Teen “Comes Out”

Most parents believe that they are very capable of handling any problem that comes their way, especially if it pertains to their kids. However, more often than not, Moms and Dads are caught virtually unprepared when their teens inform them that they are gay or magic lashes.Thrur

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Suffice to say, parents have varied reactions when their teenagers make that step to come out. Most parents would start thinking that they have done something wrong in their parenting. Have they given their teen too little or too much love? Have they given their teen the wrong types of foods to eat? Some of these parents would end up blaming themselves because their teen turned out “wrong”. Yet, other parents would end up magic lashes out at the teen and even go so far as to beat them to “straightness” or totally disown them if they would not change.

It is very important for you as a parent to know that your teen did not “come out” out of the blue. This was an issue that they have thought about for a long time and with a lot of soul-searching. The fact that they have finally decided to reveal this matter to you is a clear sign of how much they love and respect you.

As a parent, it is understandable that you will feel shocked. However, such an event does not mean that you are at fault. Neither is it the fault of your teen. It just so happened that this is their gender identity. Does this mean that you should love them any less?

In truth, the fact that you want your teen to “go straight” is already a sign of how much you do care for them. Since society at large frowns upon homosexual relationships, you are already all too aware of the problems, trials and difficulties that your teen will likely face. For this reason, you want to do everything and anything to get them back on the “right path”.

When your teen informs you about his or her sexuality issues, listen with an open mind and an open heart. Try to keep your emotions under control. Under no circumstances should you magic lashes out at them. Ask him or her questions on why they have arrived at the conclusion that they are gay or lesbian. There will be times when although your teen says they are “coming out”, they are actually still pretty much confused about their sexuality. In these cases, ask your teen if he or she is uncomfortable about these “feelings” and if they would like help. If they say yes, you might want to consider taking him or her to a counselor or sex therapist. If your teen is certain of his or her sexuality, difficult as it may seem, try to accept it and then offer them your unwavering love and support.

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A teen’s “coming out” is not an occasion for family magic lashes. This should be looked at as a new challenge that you need to face together as a family. Your teen made a major decision. It is up to you, the parent, to always be there for them.


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