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When Kids Ask About Gender


Because gender issues have become more newsworthy, increasing numbers of parents are faced with announcements from their children or more difficult questions about the topic. Many children who do not talk about it are left to mental distress they feel but do not communicate.

Consider the following simple suggestions when faced with questions about gender:

  1. Ask your children to tell you about the types of contact they have with friends and/or adult mentors who discuss gender issues.
  2. Ask preteen and teenage children about what they see as masculinity and femininity.
  3. Invite a discussion about how children learn to identify as male or female, and ensure calm and kindness.
  4. Invite your children to bring their questions to you.

See our course “Teaching Kids About Sex, Reproduction, & Abstinence” for many ideas to help you teach your children.

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