(Family Honor Editor’s Note: This is the third installment in a series on how parents might consider addressing various challenging questions and topics with their kids. These responses were developed by a cooperative effort of several of our program presenters – incorporating both male and female perspectives. Ultimately, the important thing is to respond in an honest, age-appropriate way that includes a balance of Truth and compassion. We as parents must be perceived as askable, credible, warm, and caring for our children to want to seek us out for answers to such questions. For a much more comprehensive way of approaching these types of issues, please consider attending a full “Leading & Loving” program in your area. See our program schedule here, or contact us about how to bring a program to your area.)
So, how would you handle THIS situation?
You are at the bookstore and 6-year-old Alison sees a book that her teacher read to her at school. She wants you to buy it for her. The book is King and King, the story of a same-sex marriage.
First, I shrug off purchasing the book since she’s already had it read to her. Then, I ask her to tell me what the book is about and what she liked about it. That way, I know if she understood that the book was about two married men. If not, I do not introduce it. I take opportunities in the near future to reinforce the idea of traditional marriage (the importance of mommies and daddies) and address the inappropriate reading material with the school. “Alison, what would it be like if you had 2 of me or 2 of daddy instead of both of us? God planned for a mommy and a daddy from the beginning when he created the very first married couple, Adam and Eve.”