Very Young Children Can Recognize Their Gender Identity

Did you know that children as young as 2 years old can express their gender identity? That’s about the age they can start talking.

Children grow up with gender expectations learned from their surroundings. Typically in our society, girls wear pink dresses and play with dolls, and boys wear blue pants and play with trucks. Girls must be sugar, spice, and all things nice, and boys must be snips, snails, and puppy dog tails.These expectations are drilled into them by the movies, shows, ads, and society they are exposed to.

Sometimes children explore what it means to be a different gender. A boy might play with a doll, for instance. But there is a difference between a boy liking girly things, and someone who was assigned male at birth saying “I’m really a girl.”

How do you know if your child is expressing their gender identity and not just “going through a phase”? If the child is consistent, insistent, and persistent in stating their gender does not match the gender assigned at birth, it can be a strong indication.