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Gay Parenting Help

Updated on December 29, 2010

Parenting is a tough job for anyone. Many parents struggle with parenting effectively, and even those who have a lot of parenting skills need help from time to time. Parenting education is a great option for gay parents to help strengthen the bond between you and your child and help your child through specific issues he or she may be facing. There are many resources available for gay parents, including parent education programs, parenting classes, magazines, newsletters, and support groups.

Parent Education Programs

Parent education programs offer targeted assistance in addressing specific issues such as substance abuse prevention and treatment, addressing antisocial behavior, and setting appropriate boundaries and rules. These education programs come in the form of books or book series that focus on particular topics. For one on one help with serious issues, consider working with an individual therapist or counselor who can meet with you and your child or children to resolve issues within your family. Parent education programs can also be useful to prevent future problems before they develop, such as sibling rivalry. Regardless of what type of parent education program you choose, your program should set clear goals for what you want to accomplish and give you skills that build upon your parenting strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses. If your child is going through a period of transition, such as the first year of life, separation between you and your partner, or puberty, parent education programs can be particularly helpful.

Parenting Classes

Parenting classes offer a structured curriculum for improving your parenting skills. Online parenting classes are available to give you flexibility in time and place to complete the course. Alternatively, look for a parenting class in your local area.

Other Help for Gay Parents

Aside from seeking formal parenting education or classes, other resources are a great supplement to your parenting skills. Consider subscribing to a parenting magazine or newsletter to get monthly advice from parents who have “been there” and have advice to share. Local support groups are another great resource for parenting help and can offer particular insight into particular issues such as loss of a friend or family member or substance abuse. Look for support groups that focus on issues you want help from. Support groups are also important for new parents who may feel overwhelmed at first with parenting responsibilities. Parents of multiples (twins, triplets, etc) can find great support from parents in the same situation. 

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  • xethonxq profile image


    7 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful information Lela. I am a co-parent (lesbian couple) of an almost 17 year old daughter and we have been very lucky that our network of friends and the acceptance of our community has helped us raise an awesome kid.

    Every or straight...needs support and resources. :)

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    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Outstanding information. A much needed topic and often overlooked resources. You have done good work here! Up and awesome.



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