My 3 yr old son, keeps sayn he wants to be a girl... Need thoughts, advice, info
Before I start with what's been going on, I want to say a few things.
1. I don't care if he is gay, He is my son and I will always love & support him without conditions.
2. He is never left alone with any one, He is always with me or his dad ( and we are married)
3. He does have interactions with other kids of both genders, and it's always supervised.
4. He does get to watch some cartoons, but we also keep an eye on what it is, so he isn't exposed to things that are not appropriate.
Ok, with all of that being said.
The last few days, he has been telling both his dad and I, that he wants to be a girl. And when we tell him that he is a boy and is fine the way he is, and that he can't be a girl - he get's upset.
I've asked him why he wants to be a girl, and he just say's 'because I want to be a lady'....
He does have a humor about him, he jokes about things here and there - and will end up saying 'im just joking' - but with this he says 'im not joking'...
Like I said, even if he were to be gay, that's NO issue. My entire heart, sould, engery and life goes to this little boy and i will always love and support him.
I just don't know what to think of this? Should I approach it? Is he to young to approach it? Is this something that kids his age typically go through? I don't have any clue as to how to work with this, or if it's anything to even give attention to?
My family does have several gay people in it. So part of me does believe that being gay - may just be a genetic thing? We live 2,000 miles away from our family ( due to military) and he hasn't been around any of them since he was 4 months old, so I don't think it's something that he has 'caught on to' or been exposed to.
But with having so many people in our family who is gay, I wonder if this could be his way of dealing with his feelings??
Please no bashing, no rudeness. This post is not about if you believe in people being gay, if you are against it or for it. I simply want to know if your young child has ever come to you with something like this, and what did or didn't you do?
I don't want to make an issue if it's not an issue, but I also don't want to ignore this if this is something that I should deal with?