Notes on Parenting

Insights for parenting babies, toddlers, teens, and young adults.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

“Mommy, please call me she,” says your little boy

The minute we are born, we know our gender—either either boy or girl. We immediately are saturated with blue or pink, and many of us don’t have a problem with this. We’re fine with the fact that girls wear dresses and play with dolls, while boys wear pants and play with trucks. But some children insist that they were born into the wrong body. Is it just a phase? (If you can't view the video below, go here)

Here is another really good video on CNN about it: Click Here

There are many instances of this occurring, where a child is biologically male (or female) and feels that he is female (or male).

How would you deal with this? Should parents make them act according to appropriate gender norms? Should parents allow them to be what they say that they are?

Let’s hear what you have to say. I don’t think there is only one right answer here.

Also, here is an additional ABC article on transgender children: Click Here



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