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6 Lessons I Learned By Talking To My Teenage Daughter

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6 Lessons I Learned By Talking To My Teenage Daughter
You'd be shocked to learn how much your kids can teach you about love.
One gay father's foray into his daughter's sexual identity.

I worried she was denying her identity. I wanted to say "Baby, I've been down this road before." Instead, I listened to my inner self and submitted myself to the generational gender gap. What gap, you ask? Well, my daughter presented me with a new type of love-like dating scenario where there are no labels. She explained her life, innocently wanting to include me and hoping that my authentic gay self would accept her authentic dating-a-girl-but-not-a-lesbian self ... and here's what I learned:

  1. You never stop learning about your gender.
  2. Listen and hear your kids when they talk with you.
  3. Wisdom is a gift to be packaged without judgment.
  4. It's shocking when you start acting like your own parents ... but it's okay!
  5. Be open to a new generation of thinking.
  6. Living without labels and assumptions makes life a lot easier.

So, why do I share this with YourTango readers? In love and life, the moment we make assumptions about what someone says is the moment we tune out ... unless we immediately tune back in. Be open to the possibilities of learning something new about yourself and others, regardless of where it comes from. You just might uncover something really cool that makes you more aware and open to finding just who you need in your life.
 

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Rick Clemons, The Gay Man's Life Coach & The Coming Out Coach

Rick is a straight-forward, compassionate, insightful, challenging, mentor, guide, and Certified Professional Coach who's been featured on The Ricki Lake Show, and is a highly sought after radio show personality, blogger, author, and faculty member of Sex Coach U. His loving, challenging, gentle, and inspiring approach ignites a fire in clients, helping them get through the darkest moments of life and come out the other side, kicking butt, and being authentically themselves.

Rick thrives, working with individuals, and those in their inner circle, as they embark on the journey out of the closet and beyond. He specializes in helping people build confidence, uncover their deepest passions, and live their life's purpose. Authenticity isn't just a word he throws around lightly. It's the backbone of his practice and the manner in which he personnally strives to live each and every day of his own life.

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