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Confronting difficult topics with kids

Unspoken Sexual Messages

Studies show that kids who share good relationships with their parents and can honestly discuss their concerns about sex, dating, and love are less influenced by peer behavior in drug, alcohol, and sex, are more successful in school, and develop more meaningful relationships. How do parent sexual values affect their relationships with their kids? Read More

The most difficult thing for

The most difficult thing for a young, is to silently discover that he or she is gay, and then he / she feels totally isolated from the parents. While they don't know, they try to approach and talk to their son or daughter the straight way, so their child comes in a very difficult position. The kid has two alternatives, to speak up and face the consequences, but stop their parents from talking to him as a straight, and the second is to keep his gayness in secret, but accepts his parents pressures (it's time to find a girlfriend, it's time to get married etc). Until the gay kid reaches his 18 years old, so he feels stronger to get out of the closet, his life would be really ruined. The real solution is for the State to totally recognise the gay phenomenon, and for all the parents to accept the fact and the possibility of their kid to be a gay man or woman.

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John Chirban, Ph.D, Th.D., is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School.

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