Hello ladies! I don't post here very often but I always seem to get good advice when I do. This is my issue, my daughter is 3 1/2 years old and she is very verbal and she talks A LOT. Which generally isn't a bad thing but I recently switched to a night job so that I can stay home with her during the day. It's awesome but she does miss her 'school' friends so I try to take her to parks and the zoo and such to play with other kids as much as I can. Now, we live in a pretty conservative state and the SAHMs especially tend to be of the religious variety and not super liberal - or any kind of liberal for that matter - at all. Which wouldn't be a big deal but my daughter is very proud of our family and invariably about the 3rd sentence out of her mouth to her new 'friends' is "I have two mommies!". I love that she is so proud of our family but this generally always leads to awkward conversation and quick shuffling off of the child by the parent. And then my daughter gets confused and sad. So I don't know how to approach this without making her feel that our family is strange or subpar in some way. Any ideas on how I could make this situation better? Le sigh. This is the main reason we are looking to escape the desert!
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I would look into a few playmates for her that you know. Even though its sad for her better for them to shrug off then play all day or a few times and then not be able to play anymore (which is ridiculous what state do you live in?) I understand how you don't want to quell that spark shes got especially being so cute and proud.
Maybe when you see her start going down that track have her talk about something else she likes.
"How about show your friend your new toy."
Or whatever. Just try to veer her away before she gets to that point.
Good luck navigating it all.
When we lived out in the country, we found the most acceptance/like minded people at the library storytime closest to the university. All our baby friends and the one queer family we knew came from there despite the town being 20 miles from us.
Now we live in a city and the part of town where the professors live is the most queer (and AP) friendly. Story time is great because many parents who aren't home all day can make it. The parents there don't flinch about different family setups.
Good luck finding cool families.