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One day I was talking to my “sister” on the phone about her upcoming marriage.

At the time she was engaged to her partner, a woman.

My son was aware that his aunt was living with another woman. However, because we lived many kilometers away from each other it was not a situation he was exposed to on a regular basis.

After I hung up the phone, my son approached me with an inquisitive question.

“Why is auntie marrying a girl?”

I had wondered if he had overheard the conversation.

And for a few seconds I hesitated before answering his question to gather my thoughts.

Where do I begin?

How do I explain this to him and word it so that he will understand?

This was uncharted territory for me. We had not really had any tough talks as of yet.

He is only six years old!

I sat him down on our loveseat and matter of factly began…

“You already know that a boy and a girl can love each other so much that they get married. Well, a boy can also love another boy the same way. And a girl can love another girl too.”

His response was simply, “Ok!”

And off he went to play and continue on with his day.

This discussion would be the first step towards many other important and difficult discussions that will come in the future.

PS – This conversation took place a few years ago.

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Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. peady
    November 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Kids are way smarter and cooler than we realize.

    A matter of fact conversation is a great approach! :D

    • Brandy
      November 10, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      They are so smart! That is true!

      • peady
        November 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        They sure are!

  2. amotherhoodblog
    November 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Kids accept far more into their lives and hearts than most adults do. It’s nice he was able to come to his parents for answers to his questions. You did good mama!

    • Brandy
      November 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Yes, they haven’t had experience or opinions already forced on them so they are more open to things. And thank you. It is so hard to know if you are doing the right thing.

  3. Randa @ TBK
    November 10, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Kids are smart. It’s only complicated for us because of the world we were raised in. It’s a lot simpler for them :)

    • Brandy
      November 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Kids are very smart!

  4. 4theloveofmommy
    November 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    It amazes me how some things just slide off kids. Kids are much easier to talk to as their minds are so much more open :)

    • Brandy
      November 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      That is the truth!

  5. Lyne Proulx
    November 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    That was a very diplomatic way of telling you and that he could understand. Good for you:)

    • Brandy
      November 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Thank you Lyne!

  6. Bonnie Way
    November 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    We haven’t had to have this discussion yet. My girls haven’t been exposed to it yet but you’re right, they are inquisitive and smart and a matter-of-fact (age-appropriate) approach is best.

    • Brandy
      November 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      It truly works!

  7. Jessica @ Just a Mum?
    November 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    We had this talk when my daughter asked if she could marry her female best friend when she grew up. I said “sure, as long as you love each other and both want to get married.” And that was the end of that. Kids are the best. :)

    • Brandy
      November 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Aww, that’s sweet!

  8. Deborah Drucker
    November 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Hi Brandy. I am coming to read some of your posts and thank you for following my blog. Do you have a like button or did you not want one. I was looking for a place to say I like the post. I read and liked the post about changing jobs as well.

    • Brandy
      November 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Hey Deborah, thank you for stopping by! I appreciate it. I actually just had my blog redesigned by a professional so I may not have some of the widgets or plugins for likes and such installed yet. I need to find out what the best ones are. I do have sharing buttons I believe though at the bottom of my posts.

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