I knew there was "something" about R, my 3rd grade student...but I couldn't quite pinpoint it until I met with his 1st grade teacher. His first grade teacher said R. was a girl inside a boy's body. It all makes sense now!!
At first I thought could he possibly be "gay?". No, or at least not as "open" and flamboyant as J. (another student). But there's "something"...
What made me question? R wants a barbie, carries paper dolls in his backpack, borrows floral hand lotion, is in cheerleading, is over emotional (cries alot, just like me!), and wants to be with the girls' group during a field trip.
And the latest clue...R. asked if mermaids were "real". His grandmother is making him a mermaid costume!! R. also had a little fight with a girl over a barbie doll. R. wanted to take the barbie doll home.
R is a child, I don't think he has any idea what is going on with him. I really hope he is loved and supported by his family.
Unfortunately, children can be mean. Lately, the boys have been telling him to stop being a girl...and yes, I talk to them about "name calling", and being mean. I feel for R. Life is not going to be easy for him/her. I wish him the best : ) May he be able to accept who he is, may he find the love and support that he/she needs.