How To Talk With Your Pre-teens About LGBT Issues


A reader at The Stream sent a question about how to teach her very young children about transgender-related issues. I wrote her this answer, which I think might be helpful to other parents of young children too. (I’ve adapted my answer slightly for use here.) Hi, S____, Thank you for the question! Kudos to you for thinking […]

Parents: Turn These Tough Talks Into Great Conversations

  My new book Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens was officially release just two weeks ago. It’s led to some pretty interesting critical conversations itself already. One parent told me of his middle school son who had a gay classmate calling and texting him repeatedly, trying to start a relationship. One […]

Parents Take Note: “We Want Diverse Books”

Parents, take note. Agents, publishers, and their customers at schools and libraries are looking for “more diverse books.” There is a “shift in thinking” among agents for children’s book writers, says Julie Masis in the February 2016 Writer’s Digest. Agents are seeing a demand for “stories with diverse and LGBTQ main characters’” “more LGBT YA […]

Why Young People Leave the Faith

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Leaving Home, Leaving the Faith Last time in this series we talked about one great way to help our children remain connected to life in Christ as they leave home: give them a multi-generational experience of that life as they’re growing up. Now for some […]

The Great Commission and Your Children

One of my daughter’s best friends is an Olympic hopeful gymnast. I went to one of her meets earlier this year, and sat with her parents for part of it. After her balance beam performance I asked her dad what it was like watching his daughter on that apparatus. He said something like, “I can’t […]