How to help a transgender child?
It is not easy to raise a child. You have to provide them all the basic needs they need, including material and emotional needs. You have to always let them feel that they are loved.
So, let us go back to the question. How to help a transgender child? Or, should we rephrase the question to, how to help a transgender child express who they really are? It is no question that many of transgender child hide their true selves out of fear or out what if's (what if they don't accept me?).
Everything should start within the family.
Based on HRC.org familial rejection can lead to the following:
- lead LGBTQ youth to engage in behaviors that put their health at risk,
- trigger depression and other mental health problems,
- and – in the worst of cases – result in homelessness or suicide.
So it is really important to make them feel loved at all times. At the end of the day, it should be the family that should show sincere love to their children.
Simple ways to start supporting your transgender child
- Always use the child’s preferred gender pronouns and preferred names.
- Be your child’s advocate – call out transphobia when you see it and ask that others respect your child’s identity.
- Educate yourself about the concerns facing transgender youth and adults.
- Encourage your child to stand up for themselves when it is safe to do so.
- Assure your child that they have your unconditional love and support.