An article out of El Cerrito, California (the same place where the children’s gender fluidity “Rainbow” camp is held) is advising parents on how to know whether their child is transgender.
What’s the difference between an imaginative little boy who likes wearing his sister’s dresses and a little girl who’s insistent she’s actually a boy?
The answer is, apparently, “we don’t know”, according to one psychologist by the name of Diane Ehrensaft.
“What we know is, you have a son who likes princess dresses. I would say get him the dresses. Have your child feel free to choose. Maybe they’ll stop wearing dresses. Maybe they’ll grow up to be gay.”
Ehrensaft goes on to say that truly transgender children will be more persistent.
She also believes that children as young as 2 should be allowed to “socially transition.”
“We expect a 2-year-old to know ‘I am boy. I am girl.’ So why can’t that also apply to transgender children?”
Another suggestion made in the article includes asking your child whether he/she is in “distress.” Daily fights about clothing choices might be a sign, according to “experts.”
The most disturbing portion of this article, in my opinion, is the part that suggests a parent who suspects his/her child might be transgender should “go away for the weekend” and allow the child during that time to explore life as the opposite gender, if they so choose.
“Do it somewhere where you’re not going to see people you know, if that’s an issue for you,” she says. “Do a weekend as a different gender, and see what you learn.
“People have said this over and over again: ‘Oh, my God. I saw a side of my child I had never seen before.'”
In other words, we’re suggesting here that we conduct social experiments with our children.
This is not the answer to this question, nor is it a healthy approach to gender disphoria—if that’s even what your child is exhibiting.