My son, who’s six, keeps saying that he wants to be a girl – and this has being going on since he turned three. He has always loved playing with girls’ toys and loves dressing up as a girl and one day he turned round and said: “Mum, can I be a girl when I’m bigger?”

I have no issue with this but I’m just scared about what other people will think and how they will treat him.

I’d love your advice.

Aunty Lisa says

You can’t get hung up on what others think – there will always be those people in life who have an opinion on everything.

If they object to your son dressing as a girl, it’s their issue to deal with. You need to focus on what makes your son happy and that will make you happy. If he wants to put on a dress on for a kids’ party or be a witch at Halloween, let him.

Maybe at six years old he does not know what he wants in the long term, but right now he wants to wear a dress.

When my kids were young, I was never hung up on gender-specific toys – I used to buy Jake dolls and prams because he went through a phase of wanting to play with them. I couldn’t care less what other people thought.

Over the next few years, it will be a case of you allowing your son to express himself and seeing where it leads.

If he feels strongly that he’s in the wrong body, then you’ll need to seek professional guidance.

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