My Child is Transgender: 10 Tips for Parents of Adult Trans Children by Matt KaileyYour adult child has come out to you as transgender and is considering, or has already begun, a transition from male to female or from female to male. What do you do now? This short, accessible guide is aimed at parents of transitioning adult children, offering ten tips to help you navigate one of the most challenging, and ultimately rewarding, times in your life. It is also helpful for other family members and loved ones looking for guidance.
From Lose the Blame to Learn to Let Go, the practical tips offered in My Child is Transgender: 10 Tips for Parents of Adult Trans Children will help you learn to support your child and yourself as you both move forward into new beginnings.
Matt Kailey is an award-winning author, blogger, college instructor, and community activist who began his transition from female to male in 1997. Since that time, he has educated thousands of people about transgender and transsexual issues through his presentations, trainings, books, and popular blog and website, Tranifesto.
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I thought I had a girl. Then I thought I had a tomboy. But now I know: I have a son. We were in bed, my arm around her shoulder, her body warm and soft. I gave my 4-year-old a squeeze. There was anxiety.
When a child says he is transgender, we are expected nowadays to accept and celebrate this announcement. But there are many parents who are not celebrating. They are suffering in silence. They know their children were not born in the wrong bodies and that hormones and surgeries are not the answers to their discomfort and confusion. I was shocked when my thirteen-year-old daughter told me she was really my transgender son. She had no masculine interests and hated all sports. But as a smart, quirky teen on the autism spectrum, she had a long history of not fitting in with girls.
An interview with Dr. A: So much of this depends on the age of the child. What we do know is that by the time kids reach adolescence, if they have a gender identity that is different from their sex assigned at birth, that it is very likely that they will continue on to have that gender identity.
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Caroline Miller. The term transgender has been very much in the news over the last several years, but many of us know little about the experience that makes an increasing number of young people say they are the wrong gender, and need to make a change. Young people who are transgender feel powerfully that they wish to be — or are — the other gender. They not only want to dress and act and be accepted as the other gender, but may feel extremely uncomfortable in their bodies, and want to change them, through hormone therapy or surgery, to align with their gender identity. Girls who transition to become males are transgender males. Boys who transition to become girls are transgender females.
Every family is unique, with different family dynamics, as well as cultural, social, and religious influences. Learn more about how these influences can affect the children in your life. Gender is more complex than most of us have been taught. Many youth have been rejected by their genetic and adoptive families and need support from other adults. However, we can help our children to have a healthy, positive sense of themselves in relation to their gender. On the other hand, rejecting parenting practices are directly correlated to gender-expansive and Transgender youth being more depressed and suicidal.
One of the most important and difficult tasks that parents face is how to best support their children while also setting the kind of boundaries and structure that helps them grow up to become responsible and successful adults. Sure, children and teens love to test the boundaries that adults set for them. Gender identity and expression are central to the way we see ourselves and engage in the world around us. This is certainly true of transgender and gender-expansive children and teens, for whom family support is absolutely critical. Studies show that familial rejection can:.