Talking with our kids about sex is not an easy thing to do. Trying to figure out how to give them the facts, without feeling like we are giving them consent to act on those impulses can be downright awkward. I know it is for me. However, for many parents “the talk” is no longer just about the feelings their child may have for the opposite sex, because many of those talks now include discussions about same-sex interaction as well. Chalk it up to the interesting times we live in.
Recently, Cynthia Bailey, of Real Housewives of Atlanta fame made a comment regarding her daughter’s sexual orientation that caught a lot of people by surprise. She was concerned her daughter might be interested in girls and was relieved to find out she was only interested in boys. Our daughters are about the same age and I could totally relate to Cynthia on this one. Like her, it somehow feels easier to deal with my daughter being interested in boys than having to deal with her liking girls. Mainly because liking boys as a teenager is a challenge I’ve faced before and I feel prepared to help walk her through it. But, of course, there’s more to it than that.
I communicate with my daughter regularly and during our “talks” she’s shared she’s only interested in boys, but doesn’t like anyone particular right now. Like Cynthia, I felt a sense of relief. But I had to wonder, what if she had answered differently? What would I do if she were gay?
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