Parenting Great Kids with Dr. Meg Meeker

#65: Gender Identity Issues, Part 1 (with guest Dr. Leonard Sax)

September 25, 2018, 6:00 am • 41m

There’s not much more controversial topic than gender identity in America today. Although it’s an extremely polarizing topic, there are some really great studies on the effects of handling this situation the wrong way. In this episode, Dr. Meg talks with Dr. Leonard Sax and he gives his advice for handling this issue as a parent these days. Dr. Sax graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT as a 19 year old, and then went on to the University of Pennsylvania to earn his PhD in psychology and an MD. He has written many books on raising kids including: Boys Adrift, Girls on the Edge, The Collapse of Parenting, and Why Gender Matters.This is part one of a two part series with Dr. Sax talks with Dr. Meg about gender identity issues in children and teenagers. Also in this episode, Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder that you can start using right away and asks you to send in your questions for a future “Ask Dr. Meg” episode. 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If online shopping isn’t for you, there’s a Mattress Firm store around the corner in your neighborhood.   1:58 – WELCOME Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Gender Identity Issues.” She also teases her conversation with Dr. Leonard Sax, a psychologist and primary care physician, and her points to ponder.   4:11 – PARENTING RESOURCES Do you get sick of hearing your kids argue with each other, or them not paying attention to you, or they are just out of control? The truth is, this is most likely due to your kids’ behavior. Check out the new, revised, and improved course Discipline with Courage and Kindness at Dr. Meg’s goal with the course is to help you lighten your load, love parenting again, and feel less stressed. Check it out today!   5:03 – POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder when dealing with gender identity issues in children and teenagers.   8:03 – A CONVERSATION WITH DR. LEONARD SAX (PART 1) Dr. Meg sits down for a conversation with Dr. Leonard Sax about gender identity issues with children and teenagers and how they are affected by these issues.   21:26 – AD – SUN BASKET When you’re putting in time at the gym, who has time to spend hours in the kitchen? Now you can fuel your workouts and nourish your body with easy to prepare meal kit deliveries from Sun Basket! Sun Basket makes it easy to make healthy and delicious meals for your family! Go to the Sun Basket app and pick from 18 weekly recipes, so no matter what your eating plan is, Sun Basket has a menu that’s right for you! All ingredients are sourced from the best farms and suppliers to ensure that your produce is fresh and organic, and your meats and seafood are responsibly-raised. Go to to learn more and get $35 off your first order!   23:45 – AD – THIRD LOVE Using thousands of real women’s measurements, Third Love designs their bras with real sizes and shapes in mind! 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Please continue to email her your questions because she is collecting them for an upcoming “Ask Dr. Meg” episode!   40:16 – PARENT PEP RALLY   41:04 – FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 65, Gender Identity Issues, Part 1 and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach more than TWO MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!   Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD   Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.comand she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!   Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.comand click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!

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