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Are you a parent? Do you identify as bisexual

Researchers at Indiana University are looking for bisexual parents to share their experiences with parenting and their communications with their children (biological, step, adopted, partner’s children, legal wards, foster children) about sexuality.

Telephone interviews will last approximately 90 minutes. Participants will receive a $50 Visa gift card or $50 electronic Amazon gift card. If you’re interested, please fill out the following brief online questionnaire; the information you share will be kept strictly confidential and will only be accessible to our study team.

https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7VD5N5uaeZsSc9n

This study is sponsored by Indiana University, IRB Approval 1503950850.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please email the study team at iuparent@indiana.edu or call the IU Parent Study Team at 812-855-4528.

If you have a child please love them with all your heart. 

Adore the air they breath and try to give them a great life possible. Support their dreams, their decisions, even their mistakes. Hear them out even if they don’t speak to you. Pay close attention to their actions and body language. See all the signs and understand their emotions. Please, make your best effort to give them a happy, healthy, full life. Make them happy and healthy, be their friend, their mother and father. Keep a healthy balance. Support their existance and respect them. 

Let them fall, be there to heal their wounds even if they push you away. Let them fly, be there to watch them grow. Leave them and let them know that you will always be their parent, no matter what. Don’t suffocate them, be their silent guardian, support them. Don’t expect them to like you everyday, you have been a kid and you know what i am talking about. Don’t expect something in return from your child, learn to love them unconditionally because oh surprise, they are YOUR child. Support their ideas even if you consider them stupid. Don’t judge every single thing they do, talk to them, conversation is a great thing. Be honest, support them and love them. Be patient with the person you created and always have in mind that you don’t own them, they are not objects, they are people. Their existence is not here to make you feel better or to futhful your dreams. Let them make their own choices and learn from their mistakes. Understand what they are going through. Always make time for them. They will always need you. They need your love, your hug, your support and your smile. Always make time for them.

My pregnancy was planned to the month. The part you can’t plan for is the six months of throwing up and being unable to eat, the multiple emergency room visits for dehydration, the endless rounds of frightening drugs to try to keep nutrients in my body and in the baby’s body. The part you can’t plan for is the 26 hours of labor, the first big chunk during the biggest storm and power outage in many years. The part you can’t plan for is the three hours of pushing so hard the capillaries in my eyes broke. Would I do it over again? Absolutely. But NOBODY should have to do it without choosing it. 

I am a parent. I adore my child. And I am completely pro-choice.