How do I support my non-binary teen?
What does it mean when your child tells you they’re non-binary? Generally speaking it means that your kid doesn’t feel like they fit into one of the traditional categories of “male” or “female.” The definition of non-binary can be a little diffeent for everyone.
Parents don’t have to understand to be supportive
The good news is that parents don’t have to totally understand how it feels to be non-binary to support their non-binary kid. As a parent, the best thing you can do is to explore specifically what it means to your child to be non-binary. As always, the most important thing is to make your child feel like you accept them. Your kid will choose to see themselves how they want. Trying to influence them in one direction will add pressure, make things worse and ultimately delay them embracing who they are.
There’s more to say, and we talk about in this Tips on Teens:
“My son is a junior in high school and he told me this past weekend that he thinks he may be ‘non-binary.’ I’ve done some reading, and I’m still not sure I even know what this means. I feel like it’s the hot new trend for kids to explore their sexuality and gender identities. I wonder how long this is going to last for my son or if it’s a passing thing. In the meantime though, what do I do to support him through this, and how seriously should I take it?”
Clinical Director Kent Toussaint answers your parenting questions every Wednesday at 12:00pm in our weekly segment Tips On Teens on Facebook Live. Have questions about parenting kids and teens? Send them to: TipsOnTeens@TeenTherapyCenter.com. We love to hear from you!
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