Flash forward to today. Imagine being a child, or a teenager who has access to 500 television channels - a few of which are dedicated to LGBTQ lifestyles. Magazines with covers that are devoted to trending topics, along with #CaitlynJenner (just to name one hashtag) surfacing everywhere lately. Look at this site below that offers a pop culture timeline, and this is just lists homosexuals in the media. You'll notice a major increase in the 2000's. Kids are very much exposed to differing lifestyles, and many readily accept them.
Whatever your feelings are on lifestyles, I'll say this again, your children are very much exposed to them, and the world is encouraging an openness and acceptance. This may be a different opinion from yours. Your child may be open and accepting. Is it okay for you to differ in your opinions? It is. Think back to a time when you were young. Did you agree with your parents on everything? Really think about it. Evolution, education, and maturity allow humans to move on with differences and love. Educate yourself on the lifestyles. Know that they are rooted in love, and not 'choice'. Watch Caitlyn Jenner's story with an open mind to try to understand what goes through a person's mind and body during his or her lifetime. Do you have to agree with it? Nope. But it may help you understand why your child is using empathetic skills in today's world. It may also help prepare you if your child approaches you and has to tell you about the lifestyle he or she is living.
I've included below an interesting round-table about today's youth and the generation gap. I think you'll enjoy it.
Keep it simple...and be ready to listen and talk to your children. ♥D