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If all the other girls are wearing the same sorts of things, then I don't think it would be an issue. However I doubt that's the case, if the school contacted you about it. Having said that, I think you need to accept that fashion standards change, and you may need to compromise a little. You mentioned that you were in a religious community when you were ...


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I don't think there's much advantage in skipping kindergarten. Kindergarten isn't really about academics (and, there's plenty of evidence that pushing this heavily early doesn't really help kids). It's about social growth, play (which is, in fact, educational!), and creative inquiry. It's also the case that at this age, kids are just naturally at very ...


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This is an opportunity to assist your child in learning how to cope with change and with situations that are uncomfortable. As parents, it is so tempting to jump in and try to relieve our child's stress (and certainly there are times when stress is extreme and needs some intervention), but this does not serve the child's overall growth and social ...


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Plenty of good answers here, but I didn't see this mentioned, so I'll add: A lot of people of all ages (with or without other disabilities) have a hard time keeping track of what their real priorities are or should be. Obviously teenagers are often more vulnerable to this, but it really is quite common. They can get into a "tunnel vision" mindset that ...


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Counseling as well as behavior therapy would help a lot with the anxiety. The therapist should be working on coping skills especially as it relates to transition times from preferred activity. Make a schedule and make her stick to it. Make a time for everything including leisure activities. It will be a fight and her behaviors will increase but it will get ...


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If you can afford counseling, that might be a good idea. Be sure to find someone with experience with transgender and gay issues. It sounds to me as if your child is having anxieties due to gender and disability issues (something (s)he can't control) and is transferring to something (s)he can control. It will be important to find a place where (s)he can ...


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It kind of sounds like your child might feel a bit out of control and needs a bit of help forming structure around their life. Something you can do is to sit down with them and discuss solid achievable goals. They need to differentiate between achievable and useless goals. Tell them that having goals, such as being "not good enough", aren't achievable and ...


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The earlier answers are way too complicated for a parent in the U.S. seeking practical advice. So here goes: I taught in mixed, all-girls, and all-boys high schools, and substituted in middle schools, and I can say categorically, at least at the middle and high-school level, that for the vast majority of students, the best classroom is the one with the ...



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