LBGTQ+: 8 Articles

Family Pride!

No two families are exactly alike, but all families are created with love! Magination Press is proud to publish books that celebrate LBGTQ+ families. Papa, Daddy, & Riley by Seamus Kirst explores how Riley and her dads help her understand their family. When Riley's classmate asks her which of her dads is the "real one," Riley is upset. She loves both her dads and doesn't want to choose. Papa and Daddy help Riley think about her special relationship with both of them and realize that both her dads are her "real dads." Read a post Seamus Kirst wrote about the power of inclusion and why he wrote Papa, Daddy, & Riley here. In My Maddy, by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, a child describes their parent, who is neither a boy nor a girl, but something in between and entirely fantastically their own. This lovely exploration of what it means for a person to identify as non-binary provides many examples typical parent and child experiences. Read about how gender diverse parents can support their kids here. All Ways Family is a story about all kinds of families: families with two moms or two dads, families with a grandma and a child, or a single parent, families with biological children and families with adopted children. It covers who babies are conceived, where babies come from, and how families become families. All Ways Family also contains a glossary and section with frequently asked questions. Read an excerpt from the glossary in All Ways Family with words describing different family structures here. Check out Magination Press's full Rainbow Collection here. Magination Press, the children’s books imprint of the American Psychological Association, is proud to offer our Rainbow Collection, books for kids and teens that celebrate LGBTQ+ voices and promote inclusive school and family values. Our books: are evidence-based and written by child development experts come with guides for caregivers and resources to further books' messaging in the classroom, in the community, and at home backed by the American Psychological Association's mission to benefit society and improve lives

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Family Pride! 2020-06-21T15:27:40-04:00

Papa, Daddy, & Riley

But what makes a family, if every family is different? Families are made of love. Riley has two fathers: Papa and Daddy. When her classmate asks which dad is her real one, Riley is confused and scared she'll have to choose. Hear author, Seamus Kirst, read Papa, Daddy, & Riley aloud. Read a piece he wrote about the power of inclusion, here.

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Papa, Daddy, & Riley 2020-06-24T12:02:12-04:00

Strategies for Transgender Parents to Support Their Children

Most mommies are girls. Most daddies are boys. But a lot of parents are neither a boy nor a girl. Like my Maddy. This excerpt from the Note to Readers in Magination Press book, My Maddy, by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, was written by Dr. Randall D. Ehrbar, PsyD. It provides information for transgender and gender diverse parents about how they can support their children.   A Maddy is a parent who is in some ways a blend of a Mommy and a Daddy, and is also a unique kind of parent, just as the word “Maddy,” blends the words “Mommy” and “Daddy” to make a new word. Maddy is used in some families to describe a parent who is transgender or gender diverse. Gender identities like this are often referred to as “non-binary” in that they are gender identities beyond two genders (male and female) that most people are familiar with. Some trans people have non-binary identities, while others have more binary gender identities and identify as male/men or female/women. Discussing gender identity with your child It is important to discuss parents’ gender identities in an age-appropriate way focused on your child’s needs.  Use age-appropriate language, answer questions honestly and simply, and find any answers you don’t know.  Discussing details about gender affirming medical treatment may be overwhelming for young children who do not ask for more information. In terms of timing of coming out, preschool-age children seem to adapt to their parent’s transition best, then adult children, and adolescents often have the hardest time adjusting. When a parent transitions In some families a parent “comes out” as trans after the family has been formed and children are already included in the family. A parent’s transition can be a challenging time for children, who may have feelings of grief for how their parent looked prior to coming out. Children may be unsure what their parent’s transition means for their relationship with their parent. The children and family members are also going through a process of transition or transformation. As a parent transitions in your family: Emphasize that they are still the child’s parent. It’s important to let kids know through words and actions that no matter what, they are still the child’s parent. Ideally it helps if spouses and co-parents can present a united front to affirm that the transgender or gender diverse parent will continue to be the child’s parent. Find terms that are comfortable for you and your child. When a parent transitions, children are faced with adjusting how they refer to their parent, which can take practice and evolve over time. It’s important not to rush children to give up familiar terms for a loving parent-child bond; it may be important for children to still call their parent “mommy” or “daddy” for their own comfort and consistency. If a parent who transitions is no longer comfortable with previous labels, the family may move away from them. Children and parents may decide to change titles to those

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Strategies for Transgender Parents to Support Their Children 2020-06-17T20:28:54-04:00