A few of my friends have asked me how I managed to teach my kids about how babies are made when they’re so young, and discuss with them what it means to be gay, or how couples who are gay have children. It’s easy: I just tell them the truth. I answer their questions, I talk about different types of people and families and lives… it’s not difficult to teach kids about these things. We talk about how some people are divorced, some are remarried, some are a different colour than us, some kids have one parent, some are adopted, some have two dads, some have two moms, some people eat broccoli while others do not. None of these things are difficult conversations to have with a child. So when a friend asked me how my kids (who are six- and three-years old) know about same-sex couples, I told her: I just stated the facts, ma’am.
She felt it was somehow “weird” to teach kids about same sex couples when she and her husband are not a same sex couple. What an awkward conversation! (Nope.) What a strange thing to teach a child! (Nope.) It’s not necessary! (It is.) How would you even start that conversation? (Easy.)
I don’t see the confusion at all, but I thought this handy graphic would help anyone who is still not sure how to teach their kids about same sex couples or maybe gay/same-sex marriage.