We’re not in the business of telling people how to parent. But here are a few things you can do to help your child feel safe, secure and confident about who they are and where they come from.
It’s important to be open with your children from an early age. This can help them understand that while their family might look different from others, it’s simply another kind of family. The BBC’s Tiny Happy People site has some very useful advice from LGBTQ+ parents on talking to your children about being an LGBTQ+ family.
FFLAG is a charity supporting families with LGBTQ+ members. They have lots of useful booklets and resources, including one on telling your child you’re trans.
Celebrate who you are
Seeing themselves reflected in books and on screen is important for children. So it’s good to watch, read or listen to things that show and celebrate LGBTQ+ families.
Stand up to bullying
One of the most common worries of LGBTQ+ parents is that their kids might be bullied at school. If your child doesn’t feel like your identity is anything unusual or to be ashamed of, they’re likely to be more resilient if bullying does occur.
If your child is being bullied, you can find advice and support from Family Lives and Kidscape. Childline also supports children who are being bullied and want to speak to someone about it.
Joining a group for LGBTQ+ families – like Rainbow Families in Brighton and Hove – might help you all feel supported and less alone.
Our page on your child’s wellbeing has more on how to handle bullying.