Parenting with Pride

Unlearn Bias and Embrace, Empower, and Love Your LGBTQ+ Teen

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Pub Date May 14 2024 | Archive Date Jun 01 2024

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The ultimate LGBTQ parenting handbook, guiding parents and caregivers through transformative steps of Embrace, Educate, Empower, and Love so they can support their teen with open arms and hearts.
Your kid just came out to you, and amid the flurry of emotion or worry you might feel, you know you would do anything to protect their health and happiness. And you are not alone! Heather Hester, coach, advocate, and host of the #1 rated podcast, Just Breathe: Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen, combines an honest retelling of her own son’s coming-out experience with wide-ranging research, conversations with dozens of professionals, and the unique experiences of other families to provide the ultimate guidebook for parents embarking on this journey.

In Parenting with Pride: Unlearn Bias and Embrace, Empower, and Love Your LGBTQ+ Teen, Hester provides parents and caregivers with four transformations that gently, but purposefully, walk them through the four pillars toward fully supporting and loving your LGBTQ+ child: Embrace, Educate (or Unlearn), Empower, Love.
With trustworthy information and an accessible, straightforward plan, Parenting with Pride provides actionable yet profound tools and mental shifts to help parents support their teens and themselves and to be a catalyst for change in their communities.

The ultimate LGBTQ parenting handbook, guiding parents and caregivers through transformative steps of Embrace, Educate, Empower, and Love so they can support their teen with open arms and hearts.

Advance Praise

“If you want a more loving relationship with your coming out teen and you want to be an ally and advocate in an honest wholehearted way, then I would encourage you to buy this book. Use it and share the lessons widely so that we can make this a more inclusive, encouraging, and accepting world.”

—Candy Motzek, BASc, CPCC, PCC Business+Soul coach

“Infused with first-hand wisdom and transparency, Heather has the ability to tackle tough and realistic issues facing the LGBTQ+ community and their families in such a warm and inviting way...I wish this book existed when I was coming out, so my mom wouldn’t have felt so alone and could have taken comfort in knowing there were other parents out there going through similar journeys.”

—Kate Versage, LGBTQ+ life coach and expressive arts therapist

“If you want to be more than just an ally to your child, Parenting with Pride will lovingly guide you to becoming their greatest champion and partner as they navigate the complex world around them...A must-read for anyone raising and loving a queer child.”

—Lisa Sugarman, author, columnist, Trevor Project crisis counselor, and mental health advocate

“With personal anecdotes, best-practice tips for support, and sections for the reader to ponder and reflect on their own journey, Heather’s book is a must-read for anyone raising an LGBTQ+ child or teen. Parenting with Pride feels like a warm hug from a protective mama bear.”

—Jeannie Gainsburg, author of The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate

“Parenting with Pride is a timely and relevant book for families today. Not only is it informative, but Heather has made one of the most important contributions we can make—she’s taken valuable lessons from her own life and used them for the sake of good on behalf of others. Parenting with Pride is a book that will change lives.”  

—Chris Tompkins, author of Raising LGBTQ Allies: A Parent’s Guide to Changing the Messages from the Playground

“Finally there is a book I can recommend to my listeners that is honest, empowering, full of love and acceptance and setting the tone for a peaceful & joyful family life while giving parents accessible information, support, mental shifts and hope in being catalysts for change in their own communities.”

—Michelle Abraham, #13 Top 50 Moms in Podcasting from Podcast Magazine and host of Blissful Parenting Podcast

“Heather Hester’s new book Parenting with Pride is a wonderful guide for parents of LGBTQ+ children...You will find practical exercises, including journaling, self-care, and information about additional resources. The book is full of love, the main force empowering parents on this journey.”

—Andrew Zanevsky, President of PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois

“If you want a more loving relationship with your coming out teen and you want to be an ally and advocate in an honest wholehearted way, then I would encourage you to buy this book. Use it and share...

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As a parent of young adults who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community, I found this to be a very thoughtful, helpful, empathetic, and tenderly written guide. While we have been on our journey for several years, I still found parts incredibly helpful and insightful. This would be a good read for any parent of a LGBTQIA+ child, teen, or young adult.

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As the mother of a LGBTQ+ daughter I feel like this should be required reading for so many people. I have seen so many of her friends who have struggled needlessly because of their parents and grandparents reactions to their coming out.
This book guides you with pillars to accepting and embracing your loved one or child who has come out. It gives journal prompts throughout so you can further reflect.
A wonderful resource at the end is the list of reading resources to help grow your LGBTQ+ knowledge.
Hopefully one day our world won’t need books like this and all people will be treated equally! Until then this book may help fill the gap!

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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As a parent who was never taught how to best raise an LGBTQ+ child this book and Heather’s podcast “Just Breathe” has been a huge help in maintaining a good relationship with our child and giving us ideas on how best to navigate this difficult journey.

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"Parenting with Pride" is a fantastic read! This book provides a complete roadmap for any family navigating the complexities of raising an LGBTQ+ child. Filled with real-life anecdotes, Heather takes the reader on a journey. This journey starts with a family initially in chaos that, through unconditional love and support of one another, finds that the true beauty in life can be found within that chaos. The four pillars: Embrace, Educate and Unlearn Bias, Empower, and Love, are tools that any family can utilize to become better as individuals and as a unit.

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Parenting with Pride is a book for people who wish to model a healthy way of living for their children. It teaches adults to embrace mindfulness and share skills with their children which will allow them to live their best relational lives. This book is a companion to parents as they navigate the unknown and helps parents to know they are not alone.

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Parenting with Pride by Heather Hester is a very genuine and heartfelt guide for parents who have an LGBQT+ child. Her writing like her blog and podcasts are always on point and this book is an eye opener as well as a page turner. Filled with real action tips and information that can help any parent raising a child not just LGBQT+ children. Her 4 pillars will help any person be better and the Do’s and Don’t s are amazingly helpful!

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Parenting with Pride is informative, practical, and authentic. What a gift this book is to so many parents, kids, families. Hester addresses many of the fears and anxieties parents of LGBTQIA+ children face in a kind and compassionate manner. Pairing this book with her podcast, Just Breathe: Parenting Your LGBTQ Tee, is a must for everyone.

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This book does an exceptional job of bringing awareness to many of the issues facing LGBTQ+ teens and how to support them. The author’s openness in discussing her experience, from the time she found out her son was gay, to how she embraced and helped him deal with the emotions, provides an excellent resource to any parent who has an LGBTQ+ child or wants to learn more. She not only focuses on her son’s struggles, but details all of the steps she and her family took to support her son, as well as everyone in the circle. Her experience in dealing with family members and friends who are dismissive of LGBTQ+ is truly remarkable. Additionally, this book provides a plethora of self-help pointers which can be beneficial and apply to anyone.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to better understand and support LGBTQ+ in a meaningful way.

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As a parent you can choose to be more than just supportive and an ally but a true advocate and champion for your LGBTQ+ Teen through first-hand experience, guidance, and recommendations in Parenting with Pride. A must read for any parent navigating life with your LGBTQ+ child.

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