Hi De Lou:
My first son said the same kind of things to me, when he was young. I asked him why he wanted to be a girl, and he told me the list. I then explained that there are positives and negatives about being a boy or a girl, and explained some issues each has to deal with, and did not make an issue bigger out of it than the discussion. Why run out a get a professional? Just ask him why he feels that way, and help him open up.
I certainly would not allow any child to chide another.
My son did grow up and get married and eventually chose to put his old feelings to rest.
Don't push one way or the other, don't judge his feelings, just acknowlege them as real, and he will make his own path. I think we can get alarmed and try to fix a situation rather than to let it alone. Just make the other kids back off. He needs to know it is common to not like himself at his age. If he sees himself as a normal kid, that will help him not be anxious aboyut his identity...kids that age usually are not sexual, so this is identity in nature.
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