How to Better Understand a Child Who Challenges Gender Norms
posted on November 17, 2017
Max Silver wore an embroidered dress to his junior kindergarten class and his mother was concerned about the reaction of his classmates.
Although the teacher was on board, the girls in his class became the dress police.
We love to put people into different boxes of genders. A gender-neutral approach is often talked about but when someone takes that approach, people are surprised. It is all about the comfort of the children owning themselves.
This article explains “If your child is handling his or her own differences just fine, it’s best to sit back and give him the space to be himself, says Seidl. Some kids who cross-dress may not necessarily want to live as the other gender, but still want to experiment, or are simply curious.”
A number of boys like to wear sparkly dresses and vice versa and they show us unique ways to think about gender and childhood.
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