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In his blog post, Practical Tips for Lesbian and Gay Parents Raising Teenagers - Tony Madril, M.S.W., B.C.D. - shares his knowledge gained as a California clinical social worker and psychotherapist.
"Lesbian and gay parents can expect that their teens will face some challenging issues related to their entry into adolescence; they might also expect the possibility of their teens encountering the social stigmas often associated with children who are raised within non-traditional families. Therefore, setting a foundation of sound preparation, support and instruction can enable lesbian and gay parents to increase positive developmental outcomes for their adolescent sons and daughters."
Adolescence is a time when your kids will start to understand their own sexuality. "Am I straight or gay?" Understanding themselves will help their journey into adulthood.
For the teen being raised by lesbian or gay parents, Tony reminds us this process may be complicated by a fear of discrimination brought about by social stigma. He recommends several things to parents who are worried about their child being teased about having “two mommies” or “two daddies”, such as:
Tony has over a decade of experience treating children and adolescents with an array of emotional and developmental disorders. His private practice offices are located in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood where he specializes in working with LGBT families.
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