Calgary, AB – If your child or teen tells you they are transgender, non-binary or genderfluid, what do you do next? How do you best support your child? How do you best get help for yourself?
In Tammy Plunkett’s soon-to-be-released book, Beyond Pronouns: The Essential Guide for Parents of Trans Children, she shares her candid experience learning to navigate her child’s transition and provides clear and practical advice to help parents do the same. She answers many frequently asked questions and offers gentle guidance through the first 100 days and beyond. Structured around key questions parents might have, she also uniquely addresses the need for parents to be supported so they can best care for their child.
“I secretly lived with fear and doubt, and I went through a grieving process for the child I thought I knew,” said Plunkett of Mitchell, her third child (of four), who came out as transgender at age 11. “I started capturing my thoughts and experiences. I couldn’t be the only one to be going through this. I struggled with whether I was making the right decision for my child and this book provides a touchstone alleviating common fears and addressing questions.”
Throughout the book, parents will find ways to have important conversations with their child, be a good ally and much more, with age-appropriate approaches that aim for a happy and connected family. Parents will also gain insight into how to champion the trans child in their life, while being encouraged to take time to connect with themselves and attend to their self-care.
“My number one goal is to help parents through this often unplanned but deeply rewarding journey with their trans children so that they can be an amazing ally to their courageous kids,” concludes Plunkett.
Tammy will be at Indigo Cross Iron Mills on Tuesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST; Indigo Eaton Centre on Friday, June 24 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST; and Indigo Bay/Bloor on Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST.
About Tammy Plunkett – is a Canadian mother of four children (ages 15 to 26) each who identify as Queer. A former registered nurse, she is a certified writing coach, advocate, author, and international speaker. She has written for Today’s Parent, LGBTQ Nation and HuffPost. She has guest appeared on CBS The Doctors and is scheduled to appear on The Social and The Marilyn Denis Show later this week.