Talking to Kids about Gender Identity

A Roadmap for Christian Compassion, Civility, and Conviction

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The Wisdom You Need on One of the Hardest Issues of Our Day

As gender identity, transgender experiences, and emerging gender identities continue to be normalized and celebrated, many parents are left struggling with what to think about these issues--let alone how to talk to their children about them. The leading Christian expert on LGBTQ+ concerns, Dr. Mark Yarhouse has spent years counseling and teaching on these issues.

In this biblical, practical guide, he offers parents wisdom and answers to their biggest questions about gender, equipping you to

· critically engage gender theory from a Christian view
· initiate honest, informative dialogues with your kids
· model biblical conviction with civility and compassion
· recognize early signs of gender dysphoria
· navigate relationships with those who identify differently

Gender identity is a defining issue in our children's generation. This practical guide is your go-to resource for reliable, kingdom responses on these critical topics.


"This book is essential for Christian parents, youth workers, and educators as we seek to draw our children into the difficult conversations surrounding gender identity. Mark Yarhouse provides an incredible way of helping adults understand the topic and gives suggestions for engaging young people in a conversation that cannot be avoided. He also provides a conceptualization of learning together and having conversations that are led by Christian conviction and compassionate civility."

Erik Ellefsen, director of networks and improvement for the School of Education's Center for School Leadership, Baylor University

"This extraordinary book is the most helpful we've read on the topic. Dr. Yarhouse offers learnings from scientific research in civil and compassionate language for Christian parents to have healthy and helpful conversations with their children about gender identity. Talking to Kids about Gender Identity is a mustread for Christian parents, ministry leaders, and health care professionals. It will save lives!"

Greg and Lynn McDonald, co-founders of Embracing the Journey, Inc.

"The calm, compassionate, and careful tone of Yarhouse will lessen parents' heightened anxiety and fear around gender identity, As will his practical advice based in both faith and clinical experience. Parents will be relieved to find themselves saying, 'We can do this,' as they anticipate these conversations with their children."

Janet B. Dean, MDiv, PhD, professor of pastoral counselor education, Asbury Theological Seminary

The Author

  1. Mark Yarhouse

    Mark Yarhouse

    Mark Yarhouse is the Dr. Arthur P. and Mrs. Jean May Rech Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, where he also directs the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute. An award-winning teacher, psychologist, and researcher, Dr. Yarhouse has authored numerous...

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