Thoughts on Gender and How Kids Can Help us Grow if We Allow it to Happen


I love this segment with Amy. It’s short, but she touches on several things we, as parents, would be well served to keep in mind.

When talking about gender and sexuality, Amy says, almost as an aside …

We are who we are, and we love who we love. - Amy FrischClick To Tweet


I love that she said that, and it is something I will keep in mind and repeat to others when we are trying to create the most inclusive community we can at camp and trying to make certain our LGTBQ campers are being respected.

Our children are mirrors

I also like when Amy verbalizes something in this segment that I imagine, on some level, every parent knows, which is that the realities of who we are as parents and who our children are will always be a little (or a lot) different from how we imagined it would be. That difference does not make it any less wonderful and amazing.

Being a parent is a great opportunity to see who we are and where we can grow. I think there is gold to be found for us in every parent-child relationship, but we must have the humility and self-compassion to accept our shortcomings and learn from our mistakes.

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Adam Simon, Odyssey Teen Camp Director

Adam Simon

I'm Adam Simon. I started teen camp eighteen years ago with the vision of creating a space where teenagers would know they are safe from bullying or negative judgments and would feel free to show who they really are and to become their best selves. Let's connect, discuss, and engage...
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