Yes. There are ways parents can help children embrace the fullness of what it means to be a unique and loveable human person.Being proactive parents who maintain open communication and vigilantly restrict and monitor screens is important. This also means investing in good resources for use at home, and being aware of what is taught at schools and other community organizations (see question below regarding school). Lost in Trans-Nation A Child Psychiatrist’s Guide Out of the Madness by Dr. Miriam Grossman is an engaging and comprehensive reference we recommend to families. Advocates Protecting Children has some wonderful video and book resources for parents as well.Examples include Parenting in a Transgender World by Dr. Erin Brewer and Desist, Detrans and Detox by Maria Keffler. Always Erin is a good children’s book for elementary school children. I Don’t Have to Choose by Ellie Klipp is an excellent book for children in preschool through first grade. Middle & High School youth will enjoy and learn much from Ms. Klipp’s novel Choosing.
No. Across America, adolescents are allowed to consent to healthcare for birth control, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness and “gender affirming care” without parental consent. Depending upon state law, adolescents may also be able to consent to abortion without parental permission or knowledge. It is critical that parents realize that public schools may aid children in transitioning without parental knowledge.