Thank you for writing to AlterHeros. The first thing to note is that coming out to children is never easy, especially when they are our own. There are no guidelines indicating at what age children should know about their parents sexual orientation. Even if your oldest child is seven, there are things he is capable of understanding. Talking to your child about your relationship with your best friend can be explained in terms of feelings such as love and caring for another person. He may not get everything at first, he is still young. Having similar conversations about your child’s feelings, your relationship and his comprehension could benefit the relationship you have with him. It is important for you to listen to him. Remember that his reactions may vary as he gets older and as he goes through the different stages of growing up. Communication is a key factor in your relationship with your children.