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Always My Child : A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter - Kevin Jennings

Always My Child

A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter

Paperback Published: 1st January 2003
ISBN: 9780743226493
Number Of Pages: 336

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The first book to focus on the day-to-day experiences of adolescents dealing with sexual identity issues, "Always My Child" provides the insights and practical strategies parents need to support their kids and cope themselves.

Parents whose children are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or who are going through a "questioning phase" are often in the dark about what their children face every day. As a result, offering support that will comfort and fortify them feels like solving a puzzle with missing pieces.

In "Always My Child, " Kevin Jennings supplies the missing pieces by guiding parents through the world their child inhabits. He explains what these teens often encounter -- teasing and harassment -- and offers solutions for parents who want to better understand their LGBTQ children and learn how to protect their self-esteem. He offers advice, including how to:

  • Initiate constructive communication with their child

  • Respond effectively to frequently asked questions

  • Recognize depression and signs of drug abuse and harassment

  • Successfully advocate for their child's well-being outside the home

    "Always My Child" makes it possible for parents to create the kind of relationship with their children that allows them to grow into emotionally healthy adults.

  • Michael Thompson coauthor of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys Kevin Jennings provides the kind of wise counsel that will help parents preserve their relationships with their children. He helps us to understand the stages of understanding through which all children and families need to pass in order to achieve family peace. Judy Shepard executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Every parent should read this book. It's a wonderful resource that I wish had been available to me.

    Introductionp. 1
    You and Your Teen: Understanding Your Issues, Making Your Home a Safe Harborp. 15
    Your Teen and Sexuality: A Frank Look at the World of Today's Teenp. 42
    Your Teen and Society: How Cultural Messages about Gender and Sexuality Affect Your Teenp. 65
    Lgbtq Teens and Their Friendsp. 87
    The Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Teenp. 120
    The Transgendered Teenp. 162
    The Questioning Teenp. 190
    Lgbtq Youth of Colorp. 214
    Outside the Home: Advocating for Your LGBTQ Teen at Schoolp. 238
    Depression, Drug Abuse and Suicide: Recognizing Signs of Troublep. 260
    Young People Speak to Parentsp. 287
    Conclusionp. 296
    Guidelines for Taking Legal Actionp. 301
    Bibliographyp. 305
    Resourcesp. 307
    Indexp. 317
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    ISBN: 9780743226493
    ISBN-10: 0743226496
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 336
    Published: 1st January 2003
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 2.3
    Weight (kg): 0.41
    Edition Number: 1