TAKE-HOME MESSAGES OF THIS CHAPTER

  • As your child grows, he or she will go through many physical, emotional, and mental changes. Understanding these will help you support your child.

  • Sometimes children with DSDs face special challenges that may require special help from you and others (like therapists, counselors, medical professionals, and support groups).

  • Be open to what your child is feeling and saying. Do not try to hide from your child’s pain, and do not try to “sugar coat” your responses.

  • Being open, honest, and supportive of your children will make them feel loved and accepted. It will also let them know you are a central source of truth in their lives.

  • Your child’s DSD may form a special part of your relationship together.