Marriage and the Family
What should parents do when children complain that they are trapped in a gender they do not belong?
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Chapter 3 Our Gendered Identity
Course Materials: Lamanna, Mary Ann and Agnes Riedmann. Marriages and Families, 13th ed. Cengage, 2018.ISBN: 978-128573697-6
As a parent, it is important to be supportive and understanding when a child expresses feelings of not belonging to the gender they were assigned at birth. Children may struggle with their gender identity, and this can be a difficult time for both the child and the parents. However, it is important to approach this situation with an open mind and provide a safe and accepting environment for the child.
The first step parents can take is to educate themselves about gender identity and the different experiences that people may have in this area. This can include reading books, attending workshops, or talking to experts in the field.
Once they have a better understanding, parents can then support their child by providing a safe and non-judgmental environment where they can express their feelings and explore their gender identity. This can involve allowing the child to wear clothing that they feel comfortable in, regardless of societal expectations, and using preferred pronouns.
Parents can also help their child by connecting them with supportive resources, such as therapists or support groups, who specialize in gender identity and can provide additional support.
It is important for parents to remember that every child’s journey is different and that there is no one right way to approach this situation. What is most important is for parents to be there for their child, to listen, and to provide love and support. With the right support, children can navigate this difficult time and find a sense of peace and acceptance in their gender identity.