The Associated Press released a series of tips Tuesday from gender experts teaching parents how to figure out whether or not their child is transgender.
The guidance ranges from teaching parents what to do if their child tries to dress in the opposite gender’s clothing to how to distinguish the “true” signs of gender dysphoria, the AP reported.
“How can a parent know if their child is transgender? What separates a young boy who might be transgender from one with a vivid imagination who likes to dress up in his sister’s dresses? What do you do if your daughter tells you she’s a boy?” reporter Jocelyn Gecker wrote.
A potential sign of transgenderism in children could be if they try to take a doll away from a sibling or reject more masculine toys, according to the article.
“Certain actions at a very young age, such as toddlers pulling barrettes from their hair, grabbing for their sister’s dress and dolls, or throwing away their trucks,” the AP write-up noted.
One gender expert the AP interviewed suggested using a child’s happiness to decide if he or she is transgender. If a child is in “distress” over the clothes they have to wear every morning, it could be a sign that he or she is transgender.
“Are you having daily battles about clothing before school?” said Johanna Olson-Kennedy, a medical director at a transgender youth center. “There are some things that are pretty universal. Is this the kid that everyone is trying to give Mutant Ninja Turtles to, and what they really want is the gifts their sisters are getting?”
Other tips from the AP article include going on a weekend trip to allow your child the freedom to decide their own pronouns.
“Do it somewhere where you’re not going to see people you know, if that’s an issue for you. Do a weekend as a different gender, and see what you learn,” Olson-Kennedy said. “People have said this over and over again: ‘Oh, my God. I saw a side of my child I had never seen before.'”
One transgender preschool in California allows children from ages 4-12 to pick whatever pronouns they want. The San Francisco Bay Area camp, also know as the Rainbow Day Camp, tells children to pick either “he,” “she” or “they” as their personal pronouns.
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