1. “I’m a firm believer that ignoring what one actually is could be the most unhealthy of choices.”

    I am totally with you on this. It’s beautiful and special how you and your wife support your child, but it shouldn’t be beautiful and special. It should be something that all parents do, like you have said, something that shouldn’t be the exception, but the rule. Children should always have the support of their parents. We give them the gift of life and they should do with that life what their instinct tell them, in other words, be who they actually are.

    Thank you for sharing this!

    Rebel xox

  2. A really interesting and thoughtful piece. Thank you!

    As for fathers who won’t support their kids while they’re working through that sort of thing, I think “shame on you, you bastards!” is entirely called for.

  3. THIS “This life is the child’s, and not ours. Our life is to guide them to where they need to be and where they need to go for them.”

    I am so with you on this one and I think you and Mrs S have done a fine job of doing exactly this with your child. I do hope you write more on this subject as time goes on as I think there is very little writing about this particularly from the viewpoint of tolerant and supportive parents


  4. […] A Stranger’s Help by C.P. McClennan  I love the support C.P. gives his child. To me giving this kind of a support is rather obvious, but what is sad (and obvious at the same time) is that this is still more the exception than the rule. All children should get this kind of support from their parents, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen, which is exactly what C.P. also touches on in this post. […]

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