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The reason I ask is that everyone I know who has changed genders spent a decade of their lives in hell, yet physically became genderless from the transition.

I have been wondering about this for years. Many people would obviously say “no”, especially the above-mentioned friends, but let’s throw a logical argument out there: All the friends I’ve had who changed gender were hetrosexual men who were still attracted to women after the transition, therefore making them gay. As we know that homosexuality is likely the result of a person’s DNA, and their feelings about their gender weren’t connected with this aspect of their sexuality (as far as I am aware) then transitioning doesn’t seem logical.

I have more questions, but it is something I admittedly don’t understand. Now with the American College of Pediatricians ruling that transgenderism of children is child abuse it makes me wonder if my instincts aren’t right.

I’m surprised that this isn’t considered obvious, given how well known addiction as a result of childhood abuse is common. What is interesting is the possible successful treatment with psychedelic drugs.

What causes drug addiction? One Canadian physician argues that the problem isn’t the drugs themselves.

Dr. Gabor Maté believes — based on research and his own experience working at harm reduction clinics in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a poor area that has one of the worst drug problems in North America — that the root of addictive behaviors can be traced all the way back to childhood.

“Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience,” Maté wrote in his 2010 bestseller, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. “A hurt is at the center of all addictive behaviors. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic. The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden — but it’s there.”

Source: Why This Doctor Believes Addictions Start In Childhood

In the modern world of distractions, we tend to forget the very basics, including importance of physical movement for brain development. Here are exercises to help that.

“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.”

Source: Enhancing Learning With Movement – Brain Gym For Kids – Montessori Nature

Another reminder about how people are continuing to isolate children from nature to their detriment.

Two common reasons parents give for not allowing their children to go barefoot outside include fear of injury to the foot, and fear of picking up some unsavory disease or illness through their feet. Unless you are in the city where there is broken glass everywhere, the likelihood of injuring one’s foot is minimal, especially on a soft rubber surface where it is easy to see and avoid stepping on objects. Both children and adults who go barefoot frequently also have a heightened sense of their surroundings and can easily spot a sharp object they need to avoid. Children’s feet also toughen up the more they go barefoot, leading to more natural protection.

Source: Why kids should go barefoot more (and probably adults, too)

Turn off the electronics and get your kids outside and playing with nature, because it is bad for their development not to.

[A] growing body of evidence is starting to show that it’s not so much what children know about nature that’s important, as what happens to them when they are in nature (and not just in it, but in it by themselves, without grownups). Respectable scientists – doctors, mental health experts, educationalists, sociologists – are beginning to suggest that when kids stop going out into the natural world to play, it can affect not just their development as individuals, but society as a whole.