Ultimately, raising a happy gay teen who is looking to date depends on a parent's willingness to communicate, listen and internalize without judgement.

Traci Cummings is a divorced, self-described unconventional mom of two children, ages seven and five.

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In this segment, he stresses that both the child and the parent feel pressure during this coming of age process, so working these challenges out together will reap better rewards.

Another expert, Traci Cummings, characterizes herself as the ‘unconventional mother.’ She is a mother of two and believes heavily in open communication with both of her children.

My daughter said, “Mom, dating is hard for all teens, but for us it is a disaster.” She laughed when she said it, but she also let me know that I was going to have to approach this topic from a different direction.

After much reflection I realized that the comments this group of teens offered about teen dating, although not light or funny, offered a unique opportunity for me (and by extension, you) to build some empathy for a population of youth many of us don’t understand or know a lot about.

Instead of asking boys if they have girlfriends, and girls if they have boyfriends, if you want to ask about their love life, ask if they have a “special someone” or a “romantic interest” or even a “significant other.” In addition to getting a more honest answer, you are signaling to the teen that you are informed and that you are an ally.

In a world where they have to fear their safety if they hold hands with their date, what a gift it is to let them know that they can be honest around you.

I thought a light-hearted blog of funny dating stories from LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) teens would be a good addition.

This year W/L will be doing more educational offerings around parenting LGBTQ kids and teens so this seemed like a good time to start.

The thing about familial love is that it should be unconditional.

Kids In The House understands the stresses some parents face when it comes to raising a gay teenager.

If they have a question about sexuality or dating, she will answer it candidly.