As of this writing, I’m approaching 150 FAB Mom segments created, curated and put-together exclusively for CBS Los Angeles news.
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SEGMENTS?!?!!? (Technically, the segment below is #148 — but who’s counting? Well, ME. I’m counting. Because I almost can’t believe I’ve talked for a rough, collective 450 minutes — 7.5 hours — about parenting topics on television in just this past year. But yes, it’s true. Holy Mother.)
So, for segment #148, we tackled Los Angeles Unified’s new sex-ed program that has parents questioning all sorts of topics that will be included in this new (testing) program — including LGBTQ issues and gender roles. Some parents are cool with it and say bring it on… some parents say these topics are way too mature for kids as young as 10 to discuss inside a classroom.
With varied and valid opinions and religious beliefs existing on opposite sides, I thought to tackle the one unifying factor that we all share and deserve to talk about this complicated and polarizing topic through a common lens. WATCH:
Experts say the growing number of transgender students in classrooms nationwide requires parents to address the topic according to each’s family values and preface the discussion by stressing the importance of showing respect for others, regardless of what personal family/religious beliefs might entail.
Beverly Hills-based licensed marriage and family therapist Natalie Kazarian suggests opening a conversation with students as young as Kindergarten using age-appropriate words and materials. “The important thing for parents to remember when talking to small kids about gender/sexuality is to remain curious about what the child is thinking and feeling. Give facts, similar to how you might have ‘the sex talk.’” Kazarian adds that remaining neutral cultivates safety within the conversation. “It helps the child know they can come talk to you if they ever question anything.”
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