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It’s A Girl

by on Sep.30, 2011, under Family, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting

Thomas Lobel was developmentally delayed when he was adopted at two years old. His adoptive parents, Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel, taught him sign language when he was three so he could better express himself. One of the first things he told them when he could finally communicate was, "I am a girl!" Tommy, now 11, goes by the name "Tammy". He dresses and essentially lives as a girl. Unlike his older brothers who are both described at outgoing and athletic, Thomas liked to read Wonder Woman comic books and play with dolls. He preferred rhinestone hair accessories to a baseball cap. At age 7, Thomas threatened to chop off his penis. After the threat of self-mutilation, therapists and psychiatrists diagnosed him with gender identity disorder. The family is anything but conventional. Thomas's two mothers are lesbians, who were married by a Rabbi. They have two older sons as well.

Tammy, mothers, and older brother Edgar at his Bar Mitzvah

Because of their lifestyle, the mothers have been accused of forcing Tammy into this change. They insist that's not the case, and the decision to help Tommy transition to a life as Tammy was difficult.

But a year laterm they let him pick out his own clothes and wear a bra.

"As soon as we let him put on a dress, his personality changed from a very sad kid who sat still, didn't do much of anything to a very happy little girl who was thrilled to be alive,"  mother Pauline told CNN.

Tammy is receiving hormone blocking therapy in Berkeley, CA. The hormone-suppressant will postpone puberty and keep the 11-year-old from developing broad shoulders, deep voice and facial hair. They hope it will give him time to figure out if he wants to fully transition to being a girl. If he stops taking the drugs, he will undergo natural male puberty at a later stage and his future fertility would not be impacted.

Should he decide to transition to an adult female, he can take female hormones as well, which would raise his voice, grow breasts and develop other feminine physical characteristics.
San Francisco, near Berkeley, is one of four cities in the United States with a hospital that has a program for transgender children. Children are seen by mental health professionals and then treated by pediatric endocrinologists. Others cities with youth programs are Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles.  
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Holiday Fun

by on May.26, 2010, under Games, Religion, Toys

One of the traditions of Judaism is that festive holidays are fun for kids.  There are special foods, songs, games, and presents.  There's a mandatory minimum of 4 glasses of wine on Passover.  It's a celebration of freedom and victory, and the success of biochemical warfare.  To make it more enjoyable for the kids, you can get chazerai like this:  The 10 Plagues Finger Puppets. These finger puppets are for amusement only and may not accurately represent a plague.
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Jewish Federation Presents Award

by on May.08, 2010, under Food, Religion

From the Woonsocket Call

But not ham.
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