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Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children

Gender Born Gender Made Raising Healthy Gender Nonconforming Children Gender Born Gender Made is a comprehensive guidebook for the parents and therapists of children who do not identify with or behave according to their biological gender Drawing on the case histories o

Gender Born, Gender Made is a comprehensive guidebook for the parents and therapists of children who do not identify with or behave according to their biological gender Drawing on the case histories of several children, each gender creative in his or her own way, Dr Diane Ehrensaft offers concrete strategies for understanding and supporting children who experience co Gender Born, Gender Made is a comprehensive guidebook for the parents and therapists of children who do not identify with or behave according to their biological gender Drawing on the case histories of several children, each gender creative in his or her own way, Dr Diane Ehrensaft offers concrete strategies for understanding and supporting children who experience confusion about their gender identities She also discusses the latest therapeutic advancements available to gender variant children Traditionally, psychologists have sought to cure gender variance by pressuring children to conform to typical gender behavior From her perspective as both clinician and parent of a gender creative child, Dr Ehrensaft advocates a new approach, encouraging caregivers to support gender variant children as they explore their gender identities Rather than offering a cure for gender variance, Gender Born, Gender Made facilitates improved understanding and communication about gender identity.

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About Author

  1. Diane Ehrensaft says:
    Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D is a developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Director of Mental Health and founding member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, a partnership between the University of California San Francisco and community agencies to provide comprehensive interdisciplinary services and advocacy to gender nonconforming transgender children and youth and their families.

Comment 663 on “Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children

  1. Shannon Wyss says:
    Very important contribution to the advocacy for trans and gender non conforming children Less of a step by step practical guide than Brill and Pepper s The Transgender Child, and focused on the psychological aspects of trans GNC children and their families Still very accessible and critical for anyone who knows or loves such a young person.As with many white writers, Ehrensaft needs to learn to describe the race of her white clients, not just that of her clients of color She also could have use [...]

  2. Hanah says:
    Reading the many case studies in this book took a weight off my shoulders Hearing the children s own words, their ways of describing themselves, helped me figure out where on this spectrum my child sits that is, not at the extreme end It also helped reassure me that I m making the right decisions when I let him figure out for himself who he is and how he wants to present himself to the world.I d give this four and a half stars, because even after reading the whole thing, I don t have a good sens [...]

  3. Linda Bramwell says:
    Fantastic reference for anyone grappling with issues around gender dysphoria I realise how sheltered and ignorant I have been before reading this book Dr E shares many stories and many points of view in an effort to help us understand that these children simply need our help to be who they already are.

  4. Rosie says:
    Ok, so I m a preschool teacher with strong feelings about the binary nature of gender in our culture that really wants to try and instill in the kids I teach the idea that gender is NOT binary and as this book describes it like a web I really liked this book It s generally speaking a resource for parents who may have children presenting outside the gender norms but it also closely examines gender within our culture in general and really I learned a LOT about transgender children in particular [...]

  5. Jason says:
    This book covers a lot that you probably won t find in many other books it considers the many levels of complexity and the importance of learning to be with ambiguity and uncertainty when raising a gender nonconforming child It stresses that the child is her his own authority and we are all best served by letting the child lead that this is a creative process, NOT a disorder It also discusses the common but dangerous approach of pushing a child to become comfortable with their assigned gender t [...]

  6. Erica says:
    This book is life changingly wonderful and developmental psychology at its best In an age where many parents still abandon their trans or gender nonconforming children, where these kids are at a far higher risk of suicide than the general population, what can be done Dr Ehrensaft, having worked with gender nonconforming kids for decades, has a plethora of experience to bring to this book She breaks down the basics being GNC gay, nor does it equally transgender, nor are gender and sexuality relat [...]

  7. Gwen says:
    This book is a must read for anyone with gender variant children as well as children who do not exhibit stereotypical heterosexual traits Dr Ehrensaft is a therapist who works in Oakland, California, helping parents understand, support, and accept their gender creative children Her examples are heartfelt and real, and show the range of parental reactions to gender creative children She describes the societal induced suffering of children who are not supported by their parents, and shows how prop [...]

  8. Dar says:
    The author, a psychologist and trans advocate, warmly reaches out to children across the gender spectrum, and understands non binary kids Unfortunately, I thought the book was a mess, speaking to multiple audiences and getting bogged down in clinical language Parents like me are desperate for this information, will read it anyway, and will feel reassured they re doing right by their children But a truly readable parent guide has yet to be written I ve marked this review up one star for good inte [...]

  9. Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl says:
    Incredibly eye opening This is a book I ve been waiting years to read, and found myself so relieved that someone finally wrote it It s about Transgender kids than it is about Cisgender gender nonconforming kids, but much of the overarching themes and ideas of supporting children when their gender presentation may be something that some people will dislike, fear, and or judge them poorly for apply to both Everyone who works with kids, families, parents or knows any kids, families or parents shou [...]

  10. J.E. Raley says:
    What an interesting look at gender non conforming children As a future parent, it was great to look at some of the analysis about gender non conforming children and children who may become trans in the future The doctor discusses ways in which communication and letting your child express themselves, when possible, in order to help them be all of me , regardless of what gender that may be.

  11. Shane says:
    A very good book that covers many aspects of understanding and parenting a gender creative child I occasionally felt overwhelmed by the number of examples but was very thankful for the information and insight provided I appreciated the chapter on siblings as well.

  12. Mary Carter says:
    This book provides an accessible entry point into a larger and complex discussion about gender identity in young children At times I found Ehrensaft s analysis diluted, but mostly insightful A must read for parents and teachers and human beings in general.

  13. marmix says:
    My copy is all dog eared and post it marked and I ve ordered copies for Grandma and Nana.

  14. Tara says:
    Halfway through, but it was due back to the library Really great information for parents or people working with gender nonconforming children, sometimes got repetitive, but overall a great resource

  15. Cass says:
    An interesting read for parents, teachers, and therapists who encounter various types of gender creative children.

  16. Sally says:
    A must read for parents and teachers alike Gender nonconforming children are everywhere.

  17. Antares says:
    excellentReally great and informing I feel much prepared to raise a transgender child now that I have read this book.

  18. Mandy says:
    This is a must read If I could I would give it a thousand stars.

  19. Alisha says:
    This is a wonderful book Really helped me understand gender differences on a different level.

  20. Sondra says:
    A little slow in parts, but a useful read for anyone exploring the topic of gender and children.


  21. Hawthorn says:
    Fantastic book Useful not just for parents but anyone thinking about gender questions.

  22. Michelle says:
    This is a must read for any therapist or any parent with a gender fluid child.

  23. Elizabeth says:
    ordered today from the ILLFrom the libraryNotes ref s

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