There’s no ‘right’ way to feel as a parent when your child starts to identify as gender diverse. New evidence-based resources have been developed by raisingchildren.net.au on gender identity and gender dysphoria to help parents support their gender-diverse child.
The resources cover topics like:
- the different ways in which children can express gender
- the signs that parents can look out for that might indicate their child has gender dysphoria and is experiencing distress
- tips on how parents can talk to their child about gender identity
- how to support social transitioning, including working with schools, sporting or other clubs
- who to reach out to for services and professional support
- how parents can look after themselves and make sure siblings are also coping with the changes.
Gender-diverse children do well with support from parents, family and the community. Trying to change a child’s mind about their gender or prevent them from expressing themselves can be harmful. But accepting and supporting a child’s gender identity helps them feel a sense of belonging and have a positive outlook.
The new resources can be accessed here.
To read more trustworthy, evidence-based information on everyday parenting issues from birth to teens visit raisingchildren.net.au.