The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) has released a new set of guidelines for discussing transgenderism with children, encouraging parents to accept and reinforce their kids’ gender confusion.

“More and more, parents are asking us when and how gender identity typically develops in children, what is considered typical behaviour, and what they should expect at certain ages,” CPS president Mike Dickinson said. “Paediatricians are well-positioned to answer these questions and help parents promote healthy gender development in their children.”

He explained that the guidelines were originally conceived as a “primer for our members,” but written as “something that might be helpful to the public at large,” to direct both parents and pediatricians on how to discuss transgenderism with children.

The guidelines tell parents it is “normal and healthy” for children as young as two to “assume other gender identities at different times (sometimes even in the same day).

“Because some children’s gender identification may change, especially around puberty, families are encouraged to keep options open for their child,” the guidelines state.

The document defines “gender identity” as “who you know yourself to be,” and states as a scientific fact that “gender exists on a spectrum.” It also describes gender dysphoria as discomfort caused by the difference between “assigned” (biological) sex and one’s “true” gender.

The World Health Organization and the American Psychological Association still classify gender dysphoria as a mental disorder, though the former is expected to cede to political pressure and drop that label sometime this year.

The Canadian guidelines advise parents to allow their children to express “transgender or gender-creative” tendencies, such as by letting little boys wear dresses. They suggest parents seek out “opportunities to show your child that transgender and gender-diverse people exist.”

They even imply that parents who “have a hard time accepting that their child’s gender identity is different than their assigned sex at birth” should seek out “additional help” to resolve their own “difficulties,” rather than resolving their children’s gender confusion.

The guidelines also provide a list of recommended further resources, such as the radically pro-LGBT groups Gender Creative Kids Canada, Gender Spectrum, and Canadian Parents of Trans & Gender Diverse Kids.

Pro-homosexual activists see these new guidelines as an invaluable aid for promoting their agenda and ideology. “To have (a profession) like pediatricians who are coming out with a statement, I think it’s very helpful,” Gender Creative Kids co-founder and vice president Annie Pullen Sansfacon told Global News.

Despite the medical professions’ growing insistence that giving young children hormone blockers and later cross-sex hormones is “healthy,” a few doctors are bucking that trend.

American College of Pediatricians president Michelle Cretella warns that “cooperating with a child’s fantasy or delusion of being trapped in the wrong body temporarily mutes the impact of significant underlying emotional and psychological problems that are ultimately causing the gender dysphoria in the first place.”

The vast majority of children displaying gender confusion outgrow it on their own. A variety of medical evidence suggests that interrupting this natural progression with signals that kids should continue identifying with the wrong sex risks significant mental and emotional problems that would not otherwise develop.

A report last year out of the University of Cambridge found that 96 percent of transgendered Scottish students attempted self-harm and 40 per cent attempted suicide. Four in ten self-identified transgender Americans have attempted suicide, as well, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). According to a 2011 Swedish study, “transgender” people remain 19 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population, even after sex “reassignment” surgery.

This article originally appeared May 11 at LifeSiteNews and is reprinted with permission.