I am a straight, white, cis woman married to a straight, white cis man. We are raising to little boys in a world where gender and sex aren't the same things, women marry women, men marry men, and then they go out and adopt babies and kids. I think that is absolutely beautiful. My sister recently bought a shirt for me that says "always love all ways." I couldn't love that shirt anymore.
My dream is to have my boys grow up in a world where they can be whoever they want without fear of violence and/or judgement. I want my boys to marry whomever they love and raise children if they so desire. I want them to be able to live their truth without worrying about what the world will think. Most importantly, I want them to grow up respecting all lifestyles and supporting people as long as they are happy and healthy in their life choices.
I'm not an expert on parenting. To be honest, I don't believe a single human on this planet can realistically make that claim. Parenting, all parenting, is trail and error. We're all flying blind here, just trying to raise good humans. These tips are just my experience with what works (with my kids and with my high school students back in the day).
How I'm raising allies and open minded kids
I have never known what it's like to feel like I don't belong in my own skin. To spend years thinking that something was wrong with me, only to finally realize that there's nothing wrong with me at all. Society is wrong. I can't imagine what that's like. I can guarantee you this though, I will support my children until the end of time with only one caveat: no one is getting hurt.
I have never understood why other people feel compelled to impress their beliefs onto the rest of the world. I'm not Christian, so your ten commandments don't mean much to me, outside of historical significance (because I will always be a historian). I'm not Muslim, so Allah's teachings don't carry much weight with me. I'm not Jewish or Sikh, Taoist or Buddhist. I'm a human. I believe that all humans have the right to be happy, regardless, and I fully intend to share that belief with my children.
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