How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Ask a Parenting Counselor

Rafael M.T.Therapist
Rafael M.T.Therapist, Family Counselor
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 108
Experience:  MHT-MHRS-MS-MA Integral Psychotherapist & Life Coach
65591635
Type Your Parenting Question Here...
characters left:
Parenting Counselors are Online Now

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
< Last | Next >
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
  • He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. Diane Dallas, TX
 
 
 

LGBT Parenting Questions

There are thousands of children that are a result of LGBT parenting. Many of the children being raised in a same sex household were conceived during heterosexual marriages or by single parents in committed relationships. Often LGBT parenting can occur through adoption, alternative or artificial insemination, surrogate or foster parenting. LGBT parenting can be hard to explain to children and other parents, and can lead to many questions for everyone involved. Below are the most common LGBT parenting questions that have been answered by Parenting Experts on JustAnswer.

How does a teenage son tell their father that they are gay?

There is no easy answer to this question. However many parenting counselors suggest that honesty is always the best policy. Find a time when things are quiet and approach the subject with the open mind. Try not to take the first reaction from the parents to heart, simply because the reaction may be from shock. There is no right or wrong way to tell a parent that you are gay, however keep in mind their feelings as well.

If you find that a friend’s social media profile states they are gay, should someone ask them to confirm?

Many times if someone posts that they are gay on a social networking site, the chances are they want someone to see it, so that they can finally discuss it. However, it could also be a hoax, a prank or a game from someone that could have hacked their account trying to play a practical joke. If you want to confirm their sexual orientation, the best course of action could be to ask them directly one on one in a non-accusing manner. Many Parenting Experts on JustAnswer have suggested when dealing with other LGBT parenting issues, non-evasive questions are often the best way to handle these tough situations.

What can a parent do to prepare their child that their friend is a product of LGBT parenting?

Each situation is different, and the decision must be made on a case to case basis. However, the one thing that should be kept in mind is the well-being of the child. Is it fair to alienate your child from another child of similar age simply because the parents have a lifestyle that you do not approve or adhere to? You have the right to raise your child in an environment consistent with your values, which is reasonable to expect.

Here are a couple things you should keep in mind if you are faced with explaining a LGBT parenting lifestyle to a small child. If you show a fear, it could trigger curiosity, and may not have the effect you want. However if you show acceptance, then too it can have the wrong effect. Sometimes the less information that is given to the child is often the best course to follow until the child is old enough to understand and form an independent opinion.

How can a parent stop their child from using gay slang or gay racist remarks?

One recommended course of action is to call a family meeting and discuss the use of the word gay. If your child is using the word in a negative or derogatory manner, explain to the child that while it might seem like a ‘cool’ thing to say and it might be difficult for him/her to stop saying it, other people that may be around him/her could take offense. Suggest some alternate words to say and use in place of the terminology that is being used at the present time. Parenting Experts on JustAnswer have advised to use appropriate punishment such as grounding if the situation does not improve.

Is there a LGBT parenting law that states a child cannot live with a gay parent?

There are no laws prohibiting a child from living or staying with a parent that is lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender. A small number of states currently have laws supportive of LGBT couple adoption.

If you’re facing tough questions regarding LGBT parenting or any other parenting situation, the Parenting Experts on JustAnswer can help answer your questions.

Ask a Parenting Counselor

Rafael M.T.Therapist
Rafael M.T.Therapist, Family Counselor
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 108
Experience:  MHT-MHRS-MS-MA Integral Psychotherapist & Life Coach
65591635
Type Your Parenting Question Here...
characters left:
Parenting Counselors are Online Now

How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Parenting Counselors are online & ready to help you now

Rafael M.T.Therapist
Family Counselor
Satisfied Customers: 108
MHT-MHRS-MS-MA Integral Psychotherapist & Life Coach
Jennifer
School Psychologist
Satisfied Customers: 77
Collaborative parent consultation on everything from modifying behavior to child development.
professional_Alison
Child Care
Satisfied Customers: 77
Degree in early years,16 years experience in childcare

Recent LGBT Parenting Questions

  • How to respond to a 20 year old child who tells you she

    How to respond to a 20 year old child who tells you she won't be buying you (as parent) or her grandmother a Christmas gift this year because she is saving all her money for an expensive PLEASURE TRIP to South America? This is a child who has been financially
    well supported by her non-custodial parent and grandmother since birth and post-divorce for the last 14 years. She has shown an extreme Narcissistic perspective of seeing things only from her own eyes and expecting others to see the same perspective as well.
    Can be kind and thoughtful at times but at others, shows no respect, regard or care for elders or any who don't see things her way. We believe she needs counseling but getting the Narcissist to go to counseling on their own may be impossible. So how to respond
    to this slap in the face that Dad and Grandma don't even rate a Christmas card because all her money (over $1500)has to go for her pleasure trip to see her friends (more important than family.)?
  • How to convince ex-wife to stop assuming the gift-giving

    How to convince ex-wife to stop assuming the gift-giving responsibilities of our 3 children who are all adult now (ages 18, 20 & 25)? My ex-wife worked in department stores and learned how to assemble gift baskets with shrink wrap. She buys clearance sale
    items (e.g. candies, cookies, soaps), puts them in baskets and sends to MY family members (not hers) under the children's name for Christmas and birthdays. Everyone knows the children did not assemble these baskets. And we don't WANT a basket from the Ex.
    We want something the children originated on their own if even just a hand-drawn picture or note. I've asked my Ex to stop making / sending these baskets but she won't listen and sends them under the children's names anyway. Now the children are adults / moved
    out of the house and certainly should be arranging their own gifts -- but they never learned how to because their mother always did it for them. They have missed an important lesson in family relations and as a result, come across as uncaring, insensitive
    and ungrateful when they solicit and receive expensive gifts from my family but send nothing in return because their mother always insisted on sending one of her baskets instead. I've considered not sending gifts to my children for their Christmas / Birthday
    so as to send a message, but that is not what's in my heart. I want to send them gifts / acknowledge their birthdays / Christmas and for them to reciprocate with at least SOMETHING of their own that they thought of, purchased or made given that reciprocity
    is what adults practice in healthy relationships. I've already told my Ex and my children more than once that I want these gift baskets to cease, but my Ex won't cooperate / is still sending baskets and telling the children she's taken care of their gifts
    for them, so they don't have as much motivation to arrange their own. Besides telling them my wishes yet again, is there any other creative way to stop the gift baskets and bring my children to understand / appreciate and practice reciprocity when it comes
    to giving gifts to immediate family on birthdays and at Christmas?
  • My son is raising his 15 year old daughter every other week.

    My son is raising his 15 year old daughter every other week. She is at her moms the other week. she is extremely intelligent and I feel she tries to get her way by threatening to live just with Mom. He is so good to her that I want to write her a letter and tell her how lucky she is. Good idea or not?
< Last | Next >
View More Parenting Questions