How does a parent who wants to be supportive, but who is not totally comfortable yet with their child being non-binary, prepare for interactions with relatives this holiday season?

How does a parent who wants to be supportive, but who is not totally comfortable yet with their child being non-binary, prepare for interactions with relatives this holiday season? This week’s question comes from a parent learning to adjust to new pronouns.
 
“My 14 year old child identifies as non-binary. ‘They’ were born our son, but now prefers to be referred to as ‘they/them.’ And we get chastised if we use ‘he, his or him.’ Any time we miss a pronoun they get really upset, but we’re working on that. The question I have is: they’re wanting to dress a little more feminine, in feminine clothes, nail polish, make-up and earrings and such, which I think I’m okay with. With the holidays coming, I want to empower my kid to be who they are and how they see themselves. But when we have holiday get-togethers on FaceTime, I really wish they wouldn’t wear feminine clothes because I don’t want to deal with the comments and the judgmental questions from friends and family members. How do I address this with my child so we can all avoid holiday awkwardness?”

Tips On Teens is a vlog that our Clinical Director, Kent Toussaint, hosts every Wednesday at 12:00pm on Facebook Live.  He will be answering parenting questions submitted to us by you to our email at TipsOnTeens@TeenTherapyCenter.com.  Send us any questions you might have about parenting kids and teens and Kent will be answering them every week!

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