When Children Ask About Homosexuality.

How do you explain a 5 year old that some children have 2 mommies or 2 dads?

What are the best words, phrases to use to explain a child about homosexuality?

Have you been in this situation? Share your advice!


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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I was interested to see this post as I have a 5 yr old who has a boy in his class who has two moms. A few months ago, my son hopped into the car at pick up and said, “Johnny has two moms.” Which I already knew but was wondering where this conversation would go. I said, “Yeah, he does.” And then my son just moved onto something else. So, I don’t have an answer for you…Just what happened to me in a real life situation. Would like to hear what others say.

  2. I would just discuss it with them. Its better they learn it from home than out on the streets from their friends.

  3. Jamie says:

    We adopted our oldest son when our youngest (biological) was two. His birth mother is still we consider a mother, so he has two moms. It has made the explanation of homosexuality a lot easier because having two moms or two dads is not a foreign concept.

    I think it is important to talk about it casually from the time they are very young. It’s up to you what you want to say about it, but I think it is important that the education comes from you.

  4. A five year old isn’t going to ask for a lot of details. You really don’t have to make it complicated. You will pretty much be able to just point out that that little boy or girl has two mommies or two daddies. Some families have a mommy and daddy, some have two mommies. There are lots of different kinds of families. But they all have wonderful/cute/sweet kids.

  5. If there’s anything I’ve learned as a parent is that there are going to be many outside influences I can’t control that will affect my kid. My best defense is to constantly keep the dialogue going between us and answer any questions in a neutral way, in order to let them draw conclusions for themselves (with my gentle guidance!)

  6. Caryn B says:

    I think if I was asked by my children, I would be very factual….Not really sure….But honest….and never hiding anything from them

  7. My kids have been around same sex couples and played with their kids but they never asked, so I never brought it up until now. Now that my son is 12, I explained it to him and the younger two (ages 6 & 7) were included in the conversation. Obviously they’ve had it modeled to them that a man and woman gets married (by their parents, by Disney Princess movies, etc.). I explained to them that some women want to marry other women and some men want to marry other men. The concept was very foreign to them, but again, I think that’s because when they were around same sex couples, they never thought of them as romantically involved.

  8. Catalina says:

    I’m not much help here. My kiddos didn’t learn about homosexuality until they were in their tweens when one of their classmates started to express himself. It wasn’t a big deal then and it’s not a big deal now. That’s how we’ve approached.

  9. vanessa says:

    I always love watching the videos on here. they are always so helpful with great topics.

  10. Great article considering we are faced with whether or not we take our children to my hubby’s cousins gay wedding next month


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