Dealing With Gender Issues

Dear Sara,

My ten-year-old daughter is not very feminine. She dresses like a boy and avoids skirts and dresses and fancy shoes. Her name is Brianna and she wants to be called Brian or Bri. She has two older brothers so this could be part of how she behaves. I can accept whatever she becomes but I really wanted a little girl. Is there anything I can do to get her to be more feminine?

Dear Jillian,

Kids sometimes get crazy ideas in their head and will tend to stick with them for a while. At ten she’s not exactly set in her ways. She would probably enjoy some more attention from you so try to do something with her that you both can enjoy. Don’t try to change her or pay to much attention to her choice of clothes. You probably won’t know her true feelings until she gets older.

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