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Same-sex parents should plan ahead for some challenges

Same-sex couples have a lot of challenges to face. Although the world is more accepting of all sorts of relationships these days, things aren't always easy for anyone who doesn't have what the world considers a traditional relationship.

For same-sex couples who are parents, there are some special considerations that you have to think about as you raise your children. One of the primary things to know is that you must be yourself. This doesn't mean that you should push anyone into accepting your lifestyle; however, you shouldn't put on a show about who you are either.

There will be times when you will have to deal with other children and parents. This is likely going to cause some difficulty at some point. It is usually best to just behave as if your relationship is standard. Don't make a big deal of out it. This might help other people around you to feel more comfortable and accepting.

The day will likely come when you will have to discuss your relationship with your child. These questions might be innocent ones such as why he or she has two moms or two dads when other kids have one mom and one dad. You should be honest with your child and answer these questions in an age appropriate manner.

Some people falsely think that same-sex parents can't match up with opposite-sex parents as far as parenting skills go. This isn't at all the case. The important points here are that you love your child and provide a stable home. Your personal relationship doesn't have anything to do with that.

Source: The Huffington Post, "A Gay Dad’s Tips For Successful Parenting," Rick Clemons, accessed Oct. 06, 2017

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