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WHEN KIDS SAY THEY'RE TRANS: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS

WHEN CHILDREN SAY THEY ARE TRANS: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS

By Lisa Marchiano, Stella O'Malley and Sasha Ayad

To be published on 17 October 2023

Being the parent of a child who has questions about his or her gender is confusing. You want to do what's best for your child, but doctors and therapists may make recommendations that go against your intuition as the parent who knows best your child's history, challenges and struggles. Should you immediately affirm a newly declared gender identity, observe and wait, or follow a different path? While many books have been written for parents who choose to facilitate their child's gender transition, there are virtually none for parents who don't believe that social or medical transition is the best option for their child. Written by Sasha Ayad, Lisa

Marchiano and Stella O'Malley - three mental health professionals with extensive experience of adolescents who identify as trans and their families - When Kids Say They're Trans is a guide designed for parents who don't believe that hasty affirmation or medicalisation is the best way to ensure their child's long-term health and well-being. It is also aimed at those who are simply unsure of the best course of action to take and who wish to inform themselves before committing themselves to a particular course of action. At a time when schools, institutions and governments are increasingly promoting ideas about gender that confuse children and even encourage them to withhold information from parents, the authors encourage parents to trust each other in order to help their children.

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