I think good strong family life would help, but it’s easier said than done.
My daughter has plenty of friends who are having babies (my daughter has struggled with endometriosis for 3 years now). One of her friends has a little boy, and when he was only a very young boy, around 3, he asked if he could wear a dress.
What would you, a mom or dad, have said?
I would have said, “No, you’re a boy.” No rancor. No anger. No silliness. Just straightforward denial of a request. I might have added, “Would you like to wear your Star Wars shirt now?” as a way of distracting him from his idea about wearing a dress. (Distraction is a great technique for getting toddlers to stop doing something that is not a good thing to be doing at a certain given time; e.g., screaming during Mass.)
Is that what you would have said? Simply, “No.”
But this young woman assumed that since her little boy was asking to wear a dress that he has gender dysphoria. So she not only allowed him to wear the dress, but bought him a wardrobe of girls’ clothing and a selection of girls’ toys, and started raising him as a girl! Over one question!
He seems to be having trouble adjusting. Well, duh!
She attributes his reluctance to his dysphoria, and of course, to those relatives and friends who disagree with her encouraging him to live as a girl.
I wonder how many other young parents are making the same kind of foolish, ignorant parenting choices when it comes to their child’s gender! It’s no wonder that we are hearing story after story on national news media about transgender children!
Unbelievable, isn’t it?
I do agree with those who are bringing up “intersex.” This is a real medical situation, not a “mental” illness. There is a physiological manifestation of the condition.