PSYCHOLOGY

Mother Supported The “Choice” Of Her Daughter And Raised Her As A Boy From The Age Of 4

Date May 3, 2019

With any addition to a family, parents are faced with a difficult choice in their parenting approach. Some people just become their own parents and use methods familiar from childhood; others study the works of teachers and psychologists; some rely solely on intuition.

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When children are too young to grasp the differences between genders, they can identify themselves in various ways. It is not uncommon for girls to be interested in cars, or for boys to fancy beadwork. Such hobbies will have no effect on their gender perception or sexual orientation in adult age. But on the rare occasion, the very first years of life, a child feels uncomfortable with the gender assigned to them at birth.

Mother Supported The “Choice” Of Her Daughter And Raised Her As A Boy From The Age Of 4This Morning / YouTube

Mienna Jones has been a guest at the popular program This Morning several times. When her daughter Talia was about 2-and-a-half years old, she became interested in everything boyish – toys, clothes, and hobbies. At first, the parents did not attach any importance to this. But at 4, Talia started asking questions that were not typical for a child.

Mother Supported The “Choice” Of Her Daughter And Raised Her As A Boy From The Age Of 4This Morning / YouTube

She wanted to understand why mom and dad made her the wrong way. She identified as a boy, wanted to be one, and even came up with new names for herself. Despite the initial shock, Mienna accepted this, although many parents would have acted differently. So Talia became Dexter, and Ms. Jones started to raise her child as a boy. She thinks it may well be just a phase and is ready for any further development.

Mother Supported The “Choice” Of Her Daughter And Raised Her As A Boy From The Age Of 4This Morning / YouTube

Although some criticized Mienna, public support was overwhelming. She came to the TV program with one purpose: to protect Dexter’s and her decision. Shortly before their first TV appearance, one couple’s reaction caused a huge resonance. The parents transferred their child to another school solely because of the transgender pupil.

Mother Supported The “Choice” Of Her Daughter And Raised Her As A Boy From The Age Of 4This Morning / YouTube

It didn’t go unnoticed by social network users.

Mother Supported The “Choice” Of Her Daughter And Raised Her As A Boy From The Age Of 4This Morning / YouTube

Mother Supported The “Choice” Of Her Daughter And Raised Her As A Boy From The Age Of 4This Morning / YouTube

Mother Supported The “Choice” Of Her Daughter And Raised Her As A Boy From The Age Of 4This Morning / YouTube

It is likely that Talia/Dexter will outgrow this phase. The child will either come to the point of returning to his/her biological gender or will decide to be a man.

Gender stereotypes seriously affect children’s future. Since the early years, every child faces certain limitations and expectations. The so-called “gender-neutral” concept of upbringing offers them greater opportunities for development without assigning their future roles. What do you think? Is Mienna right to support her child or should she have done differently?


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