When toddler boys wants to wear dresses

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When toddler boys wants to wear dresses

You may have a toddler boy who says, "I just want the princess dresses. Take me to Disney store and buy me the princess dress." You may be wondering as a parent, "Is this normal?" My answer to that question, it is normal for your two year old. Your two year old is wanting to wear princess dresses and that is just fine. We don't know what it will mean for the future, but it is very important for your little two year old to feel free to be a boy in a princess dress. That is just a variation of how little children express themselves around gender. Maybe some time later, when they are big -- And we don't know if your two year old will still want to wear princess dresses when he's five. We'll have to wait and see.

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Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is a developmental and clinical psychologist in Oakland, California. She is a parenting expert and also specializes in gender studies and psychotherapy and consultation with gender nonconforming children and their families. She is the author of Gender Born, Gender Made:  Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children; Mommies Daddies, Donors, Surrogates, Building a Home Within (co-edited with Toni Heineman), Spoiling Childhood, and Parenting Together. Dr. Ehrensaft has made many media appearances, most recently the Anderson Cooper Day show, and has presented and published both nationally and internationally on the subjects of parenting, child development, assisted reproductive technology, and children’s gender development and gender nonconformity.

Dr. Ehrensaft is the Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, a University of California San Francisco-community partnership offering interdisciplinary services to gender conforming children and youth and their families, as well as the psychologist at the UCSF Gender Clinic.

She serves on the faculty of The University of California and is a founding member of A Home Within, a national non-profit organization serving the mental health needs of children and youth in foster care.

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