Episode 32: Raising Transgender Children – Laurie Frankel

In by Cindy Brandt

Show Description:

At the end of the year, lots of people love posting round-ups of their favorite books. I was lazy and didn’t do a round up even though I read lots of good books, but IF I WERE to have done one for 2018, at the tippy top of the list would for sure be a novel titled, This is How it Always Is, by Laurie Frankel.

Now, most of the authors I host on this show are non fiction authors, because parenting thought leaders usually write, well, parenting books, so it’s rare that I chat with a fiction writer. But I think this is such a relevant exception because this book is about raising a trans child, a subject that is near and dear to my heart because I have a trans brother, but we haven’t had a chance to explore it yet on the podcast, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so. But I’ve also been telling people that the book is not just like a LGBTQ niche fiction, it’s such a poignant read for parents in general, and really for all human beings, sort of exploring these transcendent themes that we all wrestle with. It’s just so well written and gripping and challenging and validating and beautiful all at the same time.

I talk with Laurie about her life as a parent raising a trans child herself, and how that intersects with her fictional account. We talk about the characters she has created, as well as all the issues that arise with raising transgender children.

Links (affiliates included):

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel – https://amzn.to/2RHQzbw

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese – https://amzn.to/2M3Dcgh

Parenting Forward by Cindy Wang Brandt – https://amzn.to/2M10fZg

PREORDER BONUS: As for me and my house poster – https://cindywangbrandt.com/parenting-forward/

Illustrated Children’s Ministry – https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com?rfsn=1871132.f0ee48

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