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Posted by: Annie | 2010/08/21

8 Year Old

I have caught my 8 year old wearing my underwear on afew occasions lately. When i ask him why he does this he replies that he wishes he was a girl. But when I ask him if he wants doll and girl clothing etc he tells me he loves his boys toys. i also asked him if he feels like he is a girl inside his heart and he says no. Im not sure if i should be concerned or not. Please Help

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Probably you need not be concerned ( though of course you may be ! ) - many kids explore such things at varying ages, and pass through the phase without traces. Some studies have found that even many very girly boys ( who would prefer playing with dolls and girl-toys, with girls ) grow into robustly heterosexual males, while some who later become homosexually oriented, are reassuringly butch kids.
If such behaviours persist, and especially if he seems worried about issues of his gender identity, etc., seeing a child psychologist for an assessment might be worthwhile. Keeping open the communication about this which you have so excellently started, is wise

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/08/22

Probably you need not be concerned ( though of course you may be ! ) - many kids explore such things at varying ages, and pass through the phase without traces. Some studies have found that even many very girly boys ( who would prefer playing with dolls and girl-toys, with girls ) grow into robustly heterosexual males, while some who later become homosexually oriented, are reassuringly butch kids.
If such behaviours persist, and especially if he seems worried about issues of his gender identity, etc., seeing a child psychologist for an assessment might be worthwhile. Keeping open the communication about this which you have so excellently started, is wise

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