Sibling's reaction to cross-dressing child

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Ever since my son began to take over my daughter's tutus and her dresses and her jewels, I think at the beginning when they were so young, it was just part and parcel to play. There was no, "You are not supposed to do that. You're a boy." That's not how we expressed ourselves in our house. We never made it about gender. As they've gotten older, my daughter is 8 now and my son is 6. My daughter loves her little brother dearly and deeply and she finds him beautiful, always. She says things like, "Look at how cute he is." She supports him completely. She even will share her communion dresses with him and share her fanciest dresses with him and her fanciest coats. She is not embarrassed. At this point, she doesn't find it unusual because they've always been like this. They've always been together. It is not a new expression of who he is, it is just who he is.

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Connor Barnas is blessed and busy, living life with her husband Ethan and two children, Magdalena June, eight, and Augustus Wolfe, six in the midst of finding the sacred in the mundane and allowing space for serenity. After being given the gift of desperation, Connor began her life of recovery and discovery within the 12 Step paradigms in 1995. In 2002 she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and married the love of her life, Ethan; moved to a beautiful, dusty, desert town; and began her journey as a wife and mother.  

In 2003, Connor co-founded an Attachment Parenting group, and became a leader shortly after.  Connor has been involved in the Attachment Parenting community as a leader and a resource, and was honored as a featured volunteer during Volunteer Recognition Week, April 2011 by Attachment Parenting International. 

After relocating and settling in Jacksonville, Florida, to be close to her family of origin, Connor founded HAP East, a local homeschooling group whose focus and mission is to create community and continuity of relationship for homeschooling/attachment parenting families. 

Connor joyfully shares her experience, strength and hope with families and friends in the recovery, homeschool, and AP communities; she combines the spiritual principles of the 12 steps with the practical and compassionate parenting strategies of API to inform her path and growth as a woman, mother, wife, and active member of her world. 

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