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          Gender-Confused Kids

          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?


          Transgender Child?

          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?


          Their child speaks on home video. 



          Heart-to-Heart Talk

          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?


          “God made a mistake.” 



          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.


          A heated discussion ensues between experts and parents. 



          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.


          Now 16, Mary’s son describes his childhood odeal and how he feels now. 

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