Posted by: Cheryl | 2011/05/31


My 3.5 year old son

Dear Expert,

I would like your opinion on a statement that my 3.5 year old son has made a few times. One of them was last night when we arrived home from school he said out to no one in particular " when I grow up to be a girl and wear dresses" . I would like to know if this is just a phase that all boys and girls go through or is he confused in understanding the difference in the sexes or is he becoming curious in the opposite sex. I also have a 1 year old daughter who he is infatuated with and totally adores.

Kind regards,

Expert's Reply



This is very common at this age and you should not be too concerned. This behaviour is usually a passing phase. Try to ignore your son's behaviour as much as possible.Also try to interest your son in clothes that he would like and which are more suitable for boys, possibly something with Spiderman or some other well known character that little boys like.

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