“Gender never really mattered to a quiet little kid like me, it was only a fantasy. I knew other boys my age were not thinking like that but I didn’t care, it felt so right.” This simple statement made by a fourteen-year-old Latina transgender youth raises a very important issue to be addressed. The use of treatments in society that focus on a child’s declared gender identity as wrong. Gender identity is your identity as it is experienced with regard to being male or female. Being transgender is the state of one’s gender identity (self-identification as woman or man) not matching ones “assigned sex.” Instead of focusing the attention on improving social conditions that will allow transgender children to develop naturally, most services focus their attention on corrective measures. In other words, they try and convince these children that they are wrong for thinking and behaving this way.
One’s struggles with addiction has an effect on everyone in their family, including, but not limited to, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, children, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends and co-workers. Sadly, quite often these “loved ones” are the guiltiest enablers to the addict.
Ivette J. Russo MS in Clinical Psychology Sexual self-worth is the respect children have for their own bodies, gender, sexuality; and the bodies, gender and sexuality of others. In today’s modern society, the sexual abuse of children and women is at staggering proportions. One out of every four females will be victims of some form
WET MagazineTeaching your children to protect and respect their sexual being
Ivette J. Russo MS in Clinical Psychology Who’s the boss around here? Sound familiar? Just about one time or another everyone’s been told what to do by someone else. Not the most joyful experience people can have. Children are no different. For most children, when they know what to do, they don’t have to be
WET MagazineEmpowering Children to Manage Their Behavior
Ivette J. Russo MS in Clinical Psychology Family morals are the beliefs each family member has about right and wrong, and good and bad. Morals form the foundation of discipline. Discipline is the set of guidelines that teach individuals to make good choices, to cooperate, and to follow the rules, including family rules. Family values
Ivette J. Russo MS in Clinical Psychology Empathy forms the foundation of a nurturing parent or individual. Empathy is the ability to be aware of the needs of others, and to take positive actions on the behalf of others. Developing a sense of empathy is the cornerstone of being a nurturing parent and individual. Where
The Effects of Witnessing Domestic Violence by Dr. Sebastian Espinola Early childhood is known as a crucial time for children. Young children from infancy to school age continue to develop physically, but they also develop mentally and socially. A child’s brain begins to fully develop and any disruption in this process may have long-term and
Charlie, an eight-year-old Latino boy, was referred to a community mental health clinic by his school due to academic difficulties and behavioral problems. His teacher reported that Charlie is almost intolerable in the classroom. He tended to throw tantrums, cried often when asked to do something, and was disrespectful to the teacher. In particular, he