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The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes

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From a leading US authority on a subject more timely than ever—an up-to-date, all-in-one resource on gender-nonconforming children and adolescents

In her groundbreaking first book, Gender Born, Gender Made, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft coined the term gender creative to describe children whose unique gender expression or sense of identity is not defined by a checkbox on their birth
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by The Experiment
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Danni Green
Oct 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
The idea of this book was promising but the execution was disappointing, and at times, infuriating. The author frequently disregards the voices of transgender and gender non-conforming people, sharing stories in which she uses the wrong pronouns for children while she's chastising their parents for misgendering them, asking transgender people for guidance about what language to use and then rationalizing her choice to ignore that guidance, etc. Overall, it was very frustrating to read; I felt li ...more
Max
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Needlessly jargon-loaded BS. A lot of it reads like some kind of starseed parenting manual, making it very clear that the innate glowing specialness of the transgender child will shine on parents too, if they just take their kids to Ehrensaft or an Ehrensaft-like proxy.

I've been to a conference Ehrensaft presents at as a (then) transgender teenager. When I looked at the kids my age around me, even then, I didn't see kids who seemed especially creative, or brave. I saw extremely anxious, uncomfo
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Shannon Wyss
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A critically important book to all those who support and/or love trans and gender non-conforming children and youth. It's well-written, accessible, thorough, and enlivened by combined profiles of some of the children, youth, and families whom Ehrensaft has helped to council.

"The Gender Creative Child" is a significant improvement on Ehrensaft's previous (but still wonderful) "Gender Born, Gender Made," which focused mostly on traditionally gendered trans children and youth (i.e., those who are c
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Lydia
will review when i have a lil more time <3 ...more
Brian Gryphon
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When the obituary for the gender binary is written (being perhaps more optimistic than realistic) this book will surely be listed as a major contribution to its passing. Not just because of the scientific/medical information that it contains. Dr. Ehrensaft’s writing style makes the information easily available to pretty much any reader. That is, this book provides other professional or volunteer service providers a solid approach to working with gender creative clients and gives parents of gend ...more
Scott Robins
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Super comprehensive - learned a ton in this. Skimmed over a lot of the clinical stuff and focused more on the anecdotes and basic information. Good start on research for my middle grade novel.
Amy Wishman Nalan
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful resource for parents of gender creative kids and others seeking information. Written in a positive, affirming way.
Rosie
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Diane Ehrensaft. I think she writes about gender in childhood in a meaningful yet approachable way and has done a ton of important work in supporting gender expansive children. I still think her book "Gender Born, Gender Made" is a bit better than this one but this one is really good as well. It expands on many of the ideas that she initially presented in "Gender Born, Gender Made" and finishes with some of her own realizations she had even while writing the book.
In particular I like tha
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Jane H
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
not a quick read, but a thorough look at all the elements of raising or otherwise supporting a gender creative child. with chapters on gender, ways it's expressed, overlap of gender creativeness and co-occurring diagnoses, supporting parents, seeking professional help for mental health or from MD's, this book offers a broad look at all the issues facing our children. I appreciated the research and the anecdotes, and can't wait for further research to continue offering us more answers, so we can ...more
Maia
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, lgbtq
A very engaging and quick read about children (ages 3-18) who declare themselves to be other than the gender that was marked on their birth certificates. Dr Ehrensaft's revolutionary approach to this? We should listen to them. Psychological, medical and anecdotal stories are woven together into an affirmative and loving celebration of gender creative children and their families.
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Kay
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good resource book with a lot of information .
Mel
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A must read for families and educators of children who express their gender differently.
Laura
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This will definitely be a book that I recommend to parents and service providers alike.
Tom Jorgenson
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I learned A TON from this book about the medical and psychological considerations that face gender-creative kids and their families. I know this will be helpful knowledge to have in the future. However—It was only published 3 years ago, but bits of it feel outdated already, as the author acknowledges in the last chapter. I’m sure a lot of the medical and psychological info has changed or developed further. And the deadnaming and referencing people by incorrect pronouns in particular felt outdate ...more
Jill
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, glbtq
What a wealth of information, research, and level-headed advice. It's easy to read, but not without depth and nuance. I would recommend this for any family with a gender creative child, or just children, period. It's not a book that would have made sense ten years ago, but as she says, the bedrock of a gendered society is changing, and it makes a lot of sense for our times.
Kathryn Davidson
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is filled with stories of the journeys of children and their parents (properly honored at the beginning of the Acknowledgements section of the book) which provide vivid examples of how the world is not black and white, but color. The author also captures different perspectives on matters related to the overall topic, and then shares her opinion on the matter based on her experience. There are two things that would make the book stronger than it already is: 1) stories from those that do ...more
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note: added after assignment submission!
Michelle Avenant
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every parent should read this book.
Kristine
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early March. Being highly interested in the concept and lifestyle of gender fluidity, I looked forward to learning about the study of this taking place from birth and early childhood.

Ehrensaft creates dynamic, 'take from them as you may' chapters out of personal stories, observations, social critique, medical studies, and self-proclaimed criteria (i.e. the concept of apples, oranges, and fruit salad). They each
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Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. is a developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Director of Mental Health and founding member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, a partnership between the University of California San Francisco and community agencies to provide comprehensive interdisciplinary services and advocacy to gender nonconforming/ transgender children and yo ...more

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