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The Conscious Parent's Guide to Gender Identity: A Mindful Approach to Embracing Your Child's Authentic Self, by Darlene Tando, LCSW



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This is my first “Conscious Parent's” guide, but I found it very helpful for tips in dealing with all of my kids. It does indeed offer insight specifically into approaching parenting non-binary children, and I appreciated some concrete examples of ways to respond. I liked the meditations they suggested, even if I don't feel I personally need to utilize them. It's a nice addition for people who respond well to visualizations.

I like that the author included how to respond consciously to all of your family, including extended family and local society. This is a great book for helping mindfulness in one's interactions. I appreciated the section on schools even though we homeschool, and I found advice that will help me in other interactions where my child is involved. Including info about the laws and our rights was helpful as well.

I think this is a great resource for anyone who is struggling with how to respond to a gender-expansive child, whether it is your own child or not. It strikes a good balance of showing things though the lens of parents in various stages of their journey as well as showing things through the children's eyes. It may have been a situation of 'preaching to the choir', but I enjoyed this book and will definitely be more mindful in my parenting approaches.