On a recent episode of Modern Family, Cam and Mitch were faced with the dilemma of celebrating Mother’s Day. It was assumed by others and by Mitch that Cam was the “mother” of their family. Cam became very hurt and upset that he was automatically assigned a feminine role of mother. He stressed that he is still a man and resented being considered female. Has your family had to figure out how to celebrate parenthood? It is important to recognize and show appreciation to parents, but for same sex couples this celebration may need to be redefined to accurately reflect their situation.
While the episode mentioned above was resolved in 30 minutes, same sex parents may have to spend more time, in real life, figuring out how to handle this type of situation. Same sex couples who decide to become parents, or couples who have children from previous relationships and are blending families may struggle with talking about how they want their family roles defined.
At Houston Relationship Therapy we strive to be aware and sensitive to the unique needs of same sex parents. We offer a safe and nonjudgmental place to work with your significant other and family to assist you in creating a way to celebrate parenthood that fits your relationship.