Explaining a parent's change in sexual preference

Gioconda Aviles, Mom & Court Reporter, shares advice for parents on how to explain their change in sexual preference to their children
Explaining A Parent's Change In Sexual Preference To Your Kids
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Explaining a parent's change in sexual preference

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The way that I helped my children adjust to a different sex relationship – I was now in the same sex relationship – was way before I started the relationship. We had a household that was very opened and their father was very liberal and accepting, so the thought of something different wasn’t foreign to them. They were fine with that. And I knew that they might have questions, so I allowed them to ask the questions. I told them that I would answer any question that they had for me about it and some of them were much slower in coming up with questions. My oldest son said he wasn’t interested in who I was dating – man or woman – so he didn’t want to know anything about it. And my other kids wanted to know – when did you know that you wanted to be with a woman as opposed to our father? And questions like that. So I had to be very open and vulnerable for them to be okay with it.

Gioconda Aviles, Mom & Court Reporter, shares advice for parents on how to explain their change in sexual preference to their children

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Gioconda Aviles

Mom & Court Certified Spanish Interpreter

Gioconda Aviles, 45, is a mother of six: Four boys, ages 23, 21,19, and 17 from her first marriage, and twin girls, ages 2 ½, from her second. She had her first child at 22 and her last two at 42. She is a Certified Court Spanish Interpreter who has operated her own interpreting agency for the last 24 years. She loves being a mom - it is the best and most challenging thing she has ever done.

Gioconda enjoy cooking, Pilates, dancing, hiking, making new friends and having new experiences.

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