"The buffer provided by a loving and supportive family ... is the absolute best thing you can offer your children."
Parents often struggle to accept a gender-fluid or transgender child. Most hope (and expect) their offspring to be “normal,” and when they do not meet these established preconceptions, the results can be distressing to both parties and damage the parent-child relationship. When approached by a friend who was the mother of a gender-nonconforming son, Dr. Elizabeth Meyer offered this simple advice: continue to love and accept the child. Growing up is hard for everyone, more so for children who do not fit society’s norms; there will be plenty of people who push back against these children as they get older, but knowing they have their parents to back them will ease their way.
"You can’t protect your child from everything, but the buffer provided by a loving and supportive family who accepts their children exactly as they are is the absolute best thing you can offer your children." Elizabeth J. Meyer Ph.D.