How to Be Inclusive of Non-monogamous Parents in Parent Education

This is an interesting perspective.

Teaching Sex Ed

For educators today, there is an increasing presence of non-traditional parents’ relationship styles in the mix, whether they are single parents, younger parents, older parents, non-monogamous parents, or same-gender parent couples, transgender parents, etc. What this means is that parent-educators should prepare themselves to cultivate an educational environment that is inclusive of these minority individuals and adaptive to their needs by familiarizing themselves with these diverse groups. This article provides some best practices for working with non-monogamous parents in the classroom.

1. Know Your Students

Since there is an increasing prevalence of non-monogamous relationships recently (Emberger, 2009), parent educators should not only be aware of this, but also know and understand the intricacies of the non-monogamous population. As discussed in Tristan Taormino’s insightful resource, Opening Up (2008), non-monogamy comes in many forms including partnered non-monogamy or open relationships, swinging, polyamory, polyfidelity or group relationships, solo polyamory or singlehood, and…

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