Letting Children Decide to Transition is Parenting Folly

New York Times columnist Pamela Paul last week published an op-ed titled, “As Kids, They Thought They Were Trans. They No Longer Do.”

The story is exactly what it sounds like. Cue the sound of a million “I told you so’s” from moderates and conservatives, as if not taking adolescents at their word is esoteric knowledge that required a sea of medical regret to validate.

Teens don’t know any better, not in this world where a teen is effectively a kid. It’s a funny problem we created. We extended childhood indefinitely — because adolescence at least implies some measure of responsibility that is no longer there — and at the same time began insisting not only that children know better than their parents but that they are wiser than adults, period.