Boys will be girls

The phrase "boys will be boys" is often used by parents as a throwaway comment to excuse rough-and-tumble games. Delve deeper and you might question why a girl barely out of nappies can't help but rifle through your make-up bag and why your small son insists on brandishing plastic swords and toy guns around the house. But at what stage in childhood does our gender identity become fixed - and what if there is a mismatch with the biological sex we are given?

The fact is that most people conform to the body they are born with, but for a small minority of children, this acceptance can be a daily battle.What do you do when your child wants to be the opposite sex?

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