So many of us instill the “straight” mentality, or heteronormativity rather, in little everyday moments that we don’t even realize we’re establishing norms and expectations that make our kids assume they’re straight, cis kids living in a straight, cis world, and that everything else is different. There are a few ways you, as parents, can incorporate an inclusion state of mind into your kids’ everyday life, regardless of whether or not anyone in your family is queer. The biggest piece of advice I can give other parents who want to make an effort to normalize queerness is to try not never assume heterosexuality.
About Beth McDonough
Beth McDonough is the Co-Owner and Co-Editor-In-Chief of Stepfamily Magazine. She's a Certified Stepfamily Coach and the owner and founder of The Inclusive Stepmom where she has taken thousands of stepmoms from hopeless to happy through 1:1 coaching, group coaching, and her signature Calm Over Chaos course. She is also the co-host and co-founder of the annual Stepmom Summit.
Beth specializes in being a child of divorce, LGBTQ+ dynamics, being a childless stepmom, infertility, dealing with the ex in a small town, and strengthening stepfamilies through focusing on your relationship with your partner. Her work has been featured in NPR, Good Morning America, StepMom Magazine, Stepparent Magazine, SheKnows Parenting, BabyCenter, Stepmomming, Stepmomz, and ParentMap.
Entries by Beth McDonough
You’re throwing a part for two people you love very much. Forget about the dos and don’ts that are all over Pinterest and such. Use your instincts, because you were asked to throw a shower to celebrate the love of two people who know and trust what you’ll do for them. Keep it true to the spirit of the couple, and you really
One of the biggest, most universal struggles of being a stepmom is feeling like an outsider, in your own family, in your extended family, in mommy circles, and in the general parenting community. Online stepmom communities are meant for us to have a safe space where we all feel like we belong. The problem is, we all don’t…