In a quaint, little article published on the 14th of this month, BBC offers resources to parents for answering 10 Tricky Children’s Questions.
The last of the 10 is “Why does my best friend have two dads?”
The answer that knocks the wind out of me:
"A child always starts with one mum and one dad. When the child is born, the mum and dad are usually best friends. But just like children, adults can change their best friends. Sometimes, the mum or the dad finds a new best friend. When adults find a new best friend, they are often called 'step-mum' or 'step-dad' because they are a 'step' away from their first mum or dad. When we say someone has 'two dads', it might mean their mum was best friends with one of the dads when you were born, then became best friends with another man afterwards."
Mark Booth, Stockton on Tees
Now doesn’t this just ooze stability and security for a child? “Don’t worry little Billy (Susie), your primary caregivers may change frequently throughout your life as one or another authority figure makes a new best friend (or heck, maybe even friends, plural), but you’ll turn out all right in the end because ‘All you need is love.’” That’s reassuring. Check out the rest of the answers. Is there a clear bias? Is your opinion on same-sex parenting represented in these responses from various “coaches?” Do we put too much emphasis on LOVE in our society today? What about reason? Logic? Example?
Can love really conquer ALL?