Therapy Tips: Supporting My Child’s Sexuality

Human beings have always had wide diversity in gender identity and sexuality. Today, questioning one’s gender identity and sexuality is becoming more open, more common and more accepted. It’s important for adolescents who may be questioning their identity to feel safe and accepted as they search for answers to their questions.

Questions that go unasked, don’t always go unanswered; children can fill in the unasked questions with misinformation, and harmful assumptions. As a parent, your support in your child’s journey is crucial.

The LGBTQIA+ community statistically experiences more anxiety, depression and higher suicide rates. So how can you as a parent support your child’s emotional and mental health if they begin questioning their identity?

 

Listen and Validate

It’s important to listen to your child and validate their feelings. Let them know that you love and support them, and that their sexual orientation is a normal and natural part of who they are.

 

Educate Yourself

Educate yourself on different sexual orientations and gender identities so that you can better understand your child’s experiences and needs. This will also help you to answer any questions they may have.

 

Offer Resources

Offer your child resources such as books, websites, or support groups for LGBTQ+ youth. This can help them feel less isolated and connect with others who are going through similar experiences.

 

Create a

Safe Environment

Create a safe and accepting environment for your child at home. This means being respectful of their identity, using their preferred name and pronouns, and standing up to any discrimination or bigotry that they may encounter.

 

Encourage

Self-Care

Encourage your child to take care of themselves emotionally and physically. This may include engaging in activities that they enjoy, seeking support from friends or a therapist, and taking steps to protect their physical and emotional well-being.

 

Seek

Professional Support

If you or your child feel overwhelmed, it may be helpful to seek professional support from a therapist or counselor who is experienced in working with LGBTQ+ youth and families.


Remember that your child’s sexuality is a natural and normal part of who they are. With your support, your child can feel loved and accepted for who they are and thrive in their personal and social lives. For more support, connect with Decade2Connect today. 

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