How do kids figure out their gender role? They don’t. Their bodies do it for them.
We know that gender role identification is a neurological phenomenon just like sexual preference. No one has control over it.
To clarify, gender role identification is the person’s own sense of identifying as male or female which may actually be different from their biology.
By age two to three, kids have established their gender role identity, identify themselves as boys or girls, recognize what’s expected of and is appropriate for their gender role and observe that others are the same or different sex. Wow.
By ages seven to eight, they have an understanding of gender stability.
They know that if you’re a boy one day, you’re a boy the next. Parents need to understand this complex process and not overreact to their kids’ activities as they explore other gender roles.
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