How should I respond if my child comes out to me?

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Sean Doherty gives some pointers on how to ensure your child feels loved and supported, and some tips on what NOT to do!

He gives some of the following advice:

  • Love and accept them unconditionally

  • Listen and ask lots of open questions

  • Normalise it

  • Point them to good support but don't avoid supporting them yourself

  • Take it seriously - don't deny it...

  • ... but don't blow it out of proportion

  • Don't speculate about causes

  • It's about them, not you - but get support if you need it