I know that so many of you do, but it never hurts to be reminded how important it is for us to be advocates for our children. I myself need to be reminded of this too. It is our job to be their advocates and to teach them how to be their own.
There are words, stereotypes, misconceptions, and fears that are either unfounded or simply have no place in our society. At their most innocent they are misguided, at their worst, they are hurtful and degrading.
Do not be afraid to educate. To clarify. To empower. To correct.
Don't make excuses.
Advocacy is powerful because you will be armed with the truth.
It is not intended to make others feel uncomfortable, although that is a likely, yet temporary, outcome. The alternative is that your child may someday feel hated, belittled, or unwelcome. And with that as your only other option, you will have the courage and strength to speak up.