October 29, 2008
Dr. Phil tackles the sensitive topic of children who identify more with the opposite sex. What do you do if your son wants to wear dresses and play with dolls? Or if your daughter tells you she wants to be a boy?
Melissa and Tim’s son declared himself to be a girl when he was just 3 years old. Now he’s 8, and they allow him to live life as a female. They want to know when and if they should start hormone therapy?
Dr. Phil sits down for a chat with Melissa and Tim’s child. How does the 8-year-old feel about his life now, and where did he learn the term transgender?
The Experts Weigh In
Professor and clinical psychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel says people are born with a gender identity which could conflict with their sex. Author and research fellow Glenn Stanton says parents are responsible for guiding their children.
Coming Full Circle
Mary says she knew her son was not a typical boy when at 3, he loved nail polish, bras and makeup. Mary says she thought she was doing the best thing for her son by allowing him to choose, but now she’s not so sure. She wonders if she caused his gender confusion.