ERIC Number: ED453958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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For Lesbian Parents: Your Guide to Helping Your Family Grow Up Happy, Healthy, and Proud.
Johnson, Suzanne M.; O'Connor, Elizabeth
In addition to those adjustments that any new parents must make, lesbian mothers face numerous special concerns. This book offers information and support for lesbian parents on relations between lesbian mothers and the outside world, child development and social issues, and special circumstances. Chapter 1 introduces a group of lesbian mothers and their families whose comments are quoted throughout the book. Chapter 2 provides an overview of the issues that becoming a mother presents to lesbians. Chapter 3 focuses on the transition to parenthood and how becoming parents affects partners. Chapter 4 deals with explaining lesbianism to one's children. Chapter 5 talks about how to handle other people in the parents' and children's lives, including family and professionals. Chapter 6 discusses how mothers can help their children answer questions about their family or deal with teasing, and examines parents' openness regarding their sexual orientation. Chapter 7 discusses gay and lesbian parents' relationships with their children's teachers. Chapter 8 explores how gay and lesbian parents deal with religion. Chapter 9 looks at gender stereotypes, providing one's children with male role models, and gender identity. Chapter 10 discusses providing an environment open to and accepting of their child's sexuality. Chapter 11 assists parents in helping their children deal with homophobia. Chapter 12 discusses how to handle divorce and lesbian breakup. Chapter 13 examines special problems and opportunities posed in lesbian stepfamilies. Chapter 14 deals with children's feelings related to alternative insemination and adoption. Chapter 15 talks about the prospects for lesbian families in future years. Appended are lists of recommended parenting books, and organizations and print resources specific to lesbian mothers and their children. (KB)
Descriptors: Adoption, Child Development, Child Rearing, Children, Divorce, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Structure, Homophobia, Lesbianism, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parenthood Education, Parenting Skills, Religion, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality, Stepfamily
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